Jay Z and Timbaland to testify in copyright trial over 1999 song ‘Big Pimpin’

Nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi objects to 'vulgar and disgusting' song

Jay-Z and producer Timbaland are expected to testify in a copyright lawsuit filed against them over a sample used in the former’s 1999 hit ‘Big Pimpin’.

Osama Fahmy, nephew of late Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, is suing the pair for unauthorised use of his uncle’s work. The song sampled 1960 song ‘Khosara Khosara’, written by Hamdi for the film Fata Ahlami.

Timbaland, who produced Jay Z’s track, has previously paid $100,000 (£64,000) to EMI Music Arabia, who claimed rights to the sample. Fahmy, however, disputes that the label possess ownership of the original song.

Fahmy is also reportedly upset with the content of the Jay Z track. His lawyer Keith Wesley recently told The Guardian: “They used it with a song that, even by Jay Z’s own admission, is very vulgar and base. That’s really why this is so significant to my client. They not only took music without paying. They’re using it in a song that is, frankly, disgusting.”

Hear both ‘Big Pimpin’ and ‘Khosara Khosara’ below.


Last week saw Timbaland tease about new posthumous Aaliyah music. The producer claimed that a “sneak peek” of the material is in the pipeline.

Meanwhile, Jay Z recently launched a £485 bottle of champagne. The rapper’s Armand de Brignac champagne is aged a minimum of five years and is purely comprised of 100 percent Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims, Chigny-les-Roses and other acclaimed villages such Bouzy, Verzy and Verzenay. Only 3,000 bottles will be produced.