Jay-Z, Timbaland, and the rest of the crew that produced and sold “Big Pimpin,” are being accused of big stealing.
H.O.V.A. and Timbaland have been slapped with a $5,000,000 lawsuit over the use of the song “Khosara, Khosara,” which was sampled for Jay-Z’s monstrous hit, according to AllHipHop.com.
The case was originally filed by Ahab Joseph Nafal in 2007, with Ahab’s camp claiming that “Khosara, Khosara” was governed by the 1909 Copyright Act and not the 1976 Copyright Act, since it was made in 1957.
During the original proceedings, lawyers representing the two music moguls asserted that they received the correct sample clearance from representatives of the song’s original composer Baligh Hamdy.
At that time, the case was dismissed.
However, Ahab is back and this lawsuit once again claims that Jigga and Timbo didn’t receive the correct clearance for the sample and did not pay the proper royalties.
The continuation of the lawsuit was granted in May after it was ruled that only “economic rights” for the song had been obtained by Timbaland and Jay-Z.
Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella Records, and Warner Music Group are being named in the lawsuit along with Jay-Z and Timbaland. Even Linkin Park, who did a remix of the song, is being named in the suit as well.
No worries, though. Jay-Z has proclaimed himself to be more than a “businessman, but a business man.” So he’s expected to definitely find a way out of this one.
—Shaniqua A. Thompson