The Egyptians are not Jay-Z‘s biggest fans right now. Currently, Hov is facing a lawsuit for his chart-topping 2000 single “Big Pimpin’”. Various Egyptian songwriters are claiming that they have the copyrights to the sample used in the track, and are trying to take the rapper to court for “their share” of the profit.
Rolling Stone reports that Jay-Z could be taken to court by the nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdy, who claims that he ruined his uncle’s song “Khosara, Khosara”, and that his family has not been fairly compensated for the song’s use in “Big Pimpin’”.
Several other Egyptians have already tried to take the rapper to court for the same reason, but failed to have proper licensing of the song. However, because Osama Ahmed Fahmy, Hamdy’s nephew, does have valid licensing on “Khosara, Khosara”, his lawsuit is proving to be more successful.
Fahmy is demanding to get a cut of Jay-Z’s revenue for the song prior to the 2007 filing of his lawsuit up until now, including a portion of the rapper’s concert profits. His argument is that Jay-Z still performs the song now, thus generating revenue. A trial date has not been set.
What do you think of this lawsuit? What do you think the judge will decide?