Shawn Carter, better known as Jay Z, is being sued by the nephew of Baligh Hamdy, a Egyptian composer. The nephew, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, claims the rapper had no right to use a flute sample from Hamdy, for Jay Z’s hit single, “Big Pimpin”. The iconic song by Jay Z used a flute sample throughout the beat of it. That sample was composed in 1957 by Hamdy for an Egyptian movie, “Khosara Khosara.”
The copyright battle between Jay Z and Hamdy’s family has been going on since 2001, where Jay Z paid $100,000 to the label EMI Arabia, which had rights over “Khosara Khosara”. The label shared the money with the descendants of Hamdy’s family, as Hamdy died in 1993 . However, Fahmy, who’s Hamdy’s heir, filed a lawsuit in a US court in 2007, hoping to get a bigger amount of money than before. Fahmy claims the past deal was irrelevant under Egyptian law.
The jury trial against the popular rapper will begin on October 13th in Los Angeles, California. Music producer, Timbaland, produced Jay Z’s hit song and said he found the Egyptian song without any identification on a CD, and that he believed it was in the public domain. This legal feud between the rapper and Hamdy’s family has been going on for too long, so both sides should find a way to finally end this.