Jay-Z ‘Big Pimpin’ Copyright: ‘I Didn’t Think There Was A Sample In It’ | Music News

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Jay-Z ‘Big Pimpin’ Copyright: ‘I Didn’t Think There Was A Sample In It’ | Music News

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 23: Jay-Z attends the So So Def anniversary party hosted by Jay Z at Compound on February 23, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/Getty Images)

 

Jay-Z is claiming that he was unaware regarding the use of an unauthorised sample in his 1999 track “Big Pimpin”, produced by Timbaland. Both Jay-Z and Timbaland are being sued by Osama Fahmy, who is arguing that the pair made use of his uncle’s – late composer Baligh Hamdi – work. Fahmy is claiming that the song samples the Hamdi-penned 1960 track “Khosara Khosara”, which you can listen to below.

 

 

Speaking in court, Jay-Z said: “I didn’t think there was a sample in it…Timbaland presented me with a track. I didn’t even think about there being a sample”. Timbaland’s attorney, Christine Lepera stated that the producer originally used Hamdi’s work under the impression that it was royalty-free, before paying $100,000 to EMI Arabia, who claimed ownership of the sample.

 

Fahmy’s lawyer, Keith Wesley, spoke to the Guardian, “They used it with a song that…is very vulgar and base. That’s really why this is so significant to my client. They not only took music without paying. They’re using it in a song that is, frankly, disgusting”.

 

Check out ‘Big Pimpin’ down below.

 

 

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