Jay Z Laughs Off Court Case against 1999 Hit Song
Music Mix Daily Staff
Normally when a singer ends up in court, there is not much laughter. But perhaps Jay Z finds it a bit ridiculous to be pulled into a legal battle over a song that is nearly a decade old, because he kept the court laughing throughout his testimony. The song in question, “Big Pimpin’,” has been accused of copyright infringement by the heirs of an Egyptian composer, Baligh Hamdi, who wrote a hit song titled “Khosara Khosara,” which is sampled in the Jay Z single.
The rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, has become one of the most influential artists in the rap and hip-hop sphere. The musician has received over 20 Grammy Awards and has had a three of his twelve albums featured amongst the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, as told by Rolling Stone.
The track comes from the rappers fourth album and is often considered to be his breakout song, bringing the rapper into the realm of serious celebrity and success. Perhaps it is due to those future achievements that Jay Z felt comfortable enough to make wisecracks in the court room.
Maybe the funniest moment in the court room was when Jay Z was asked, by his own attorney, to discuss the rapper’s role in the careers of other successful artists, including Rhianna and Kanye West. Referring to the latter celebrity, Jay Z’s attorney mentioned that “some people may have heard of him,” to which Jay Z responded, “One or two. He’s running for President.”
We wish Jay Z the best in the courtroom, but we can’t help but think that a guilty verdict won’t make too big a dent in the singer’s lifestyle. After all, he has sold over 100 million records and is considered to be worth almost $520 million, according to Forbes. Still, for the sake of the music, we hope Jay Z can prove his innocence!