Rapper Jay-Z hit with lawsuit
07.05.2008Super-producer Timbaland and Jay-Z have been hit with a lawsuit over the single "Big Pimpin."
Copyright co-owner Osama Admed Fahmy filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Federal Court, claiming that Timbaland illegally replayed portions of "Big Pimpin" note-for-note, using a melody lifted from the song "Khosara, Khosara" which was written by composer Baligh Hamdi and performed by Egyptian star Abdel-Halim Hafez in 1957.
"Big Pimpin," which also features UGK, appears on Jay-Z's album Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter.
Jay-Z, Timbaland, Linkin Park, EMI Music Inc. are among the defendants named in the lawsuit over the hit single, which was also mashed up on Linkin Park's song "Papercut" on the EP Collision Course.