Legal Issues With Jay-Z’s 2000 “Big Pimpin” Hit


Jay-Z could soon end up [again] in court because of his song “Big Pimpin'”. The threat comes from the family of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, author of the song “Khosara, Khosara” made for the Egyptian film of 1957 entitled “Fata Ahlam” that the rapper has used in his piece in 2000.

Hamdi’s children have sued besides Jay-Z, also EMI, MTV, Paramount Pictures, UMG and Warner Music. Although the team has duly licensed artist of the song as specified by the copyright laws of the United States, Hamdi’s family, said that Jay-Z was not allowed to do loops and rap over the sample used.

In addition, did not have permission from the composer’s children, as each of them has some rights on the song.

It is not the first time such case has happened, they had already tried in 2005 but two years later the court gave reason to Jay-Z.

This time, however, lawyers for the heirs of Baligh Hamdi are optimistic, because in contrast to 2005, have submitted the documents on behalf of all owners of rights on the song.

“Big pimpin'”, was on Jay-Z’s 1999 album “Vol 3 … Life and Times of S. Carter” which sold 462,000 copies in its first week, selling two million copies within its first month of release. Hamdi’s sons, asking a large, but unspecified financial compensation.

Stay tuned as the issue develops.

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