“Big Pimpin” was easily one of Jay-Z’s top stepping stone records that brought him to the limelight of stardom. The song had UGK and Timbaland on the production, a combination that proved to give Jay an edge in picking the right collaborators at just the right moments in time. Even the video itself was shot partially in Miami (ie. mansion scenes), but mostly in Trinidad.
Well, the 1999 hit is getting a bad taste of the internet flu as the original owners of Egyptian song “Khosara, Khosara” by Abdel Halim Hafezin are suing everyone involved with the song and calling foul for their “unlawful” sampling of it. A California judge ruled on March 30 that a jury will decide in October whether or not things will head south for Jay and Timbo.
Timbaland allegedly sub-licensed “Khosara, Khosara” from EMI Arabia, but heirs of the original owners of the song say Emi Arabia never possessed the rights and that song was “mutilated”.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal more than a decade later, the rapper was critical of the hit track, saying that while re-reading the lyrics to past songs can sometimes be profound, “Big Pimpin’” was the exception. “It was like, I can’t believe I said that. And kept saying it. What kind of animal would say this sort of thing?” Jay-Z said.
Stay tuned for the verdict later this year. And below, listen to the original, “Khosara, Khosara”.
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[via The Star]