Jay-Z sues Australian woman for allegedly using his lyrics to sell children’s books

"I got 99 problems but my ABCs ain’t one”

Jay-Z has filed a lawsuit against an Australian woman who the rapper claims is using his lyrics to sell children’s books.

As reported in The Guardian, Jessica Chiha and her business, ‘The Little Homie’, are being sued by Jay-Z for “knowingly infringing on his trademarks and misleading conduct.”

Chiha’s business raised over $8000 AUD via a kickstarter to publish the AB to Jay-Z picture book which includes well-known rappers to teach children the alphabet. Other rappers included in the book include Snoop Dog, the Notorious BIG and Pharrell Williams.

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On the back of the book, a quote says “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABCs ain’t one,” seemingly referencing Jay-Z’s well-known song, ’99 problems’.

Court documents reveal that Jay-Z’s legal team asked Chiha to stop referencing the rapper back in March and then again in July. “Unless restrained, the respondents threaten to and intend to and will continue to engage in the conduct referred to above,” the claim reads.

Speaking about the lawsuit, Chiha said in a statement: “To have someone like Jay-Z file legal proceedings is daunting beyond belief and hugely dispiriting.”

She continued: “We are unbelievably disappointed to find ourselves caught in a legal battle with someone whose music we love and adore.

“…We maintain we have done nothing wrong and intend to give it everything we’ve got for common sense and common good to prevail, to the extent we can fight the fight.”

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She added that her business was created because of her “love of hip-hop and the artists I grew up listening to.”

Earlier this year, footage emerged of Jack White preparing for a Raconteurs show by playing Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems’.

It’s not the first time White has been filmed playing the hit track. He has previously included it in his live set, mashing it up with The White Stripes’ ‘Icky Thump’ in 2014.

The musician and the rapper have worked together in the past, too. The pair recorded some songs together in 2009, although they never saw the light of day. In 2013, White released Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ album on vinyl via his Third Man Records label.

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