The copyright trial almost a decade in the making will finally see the light of day later this year as the “Big Pimpin'” case is finally going to court this October.
The Jay-Z song, produced by Timbaland and featuring UGK, has been a controversial lightning rod of a joint ever since its release when EMI Records claimed rights to a song sampled from the song “Khosara, Khosara” by Egyptian artist Baligh Hamdi circa 1999; Timbo paid EMI $100,000 for the song and that was thought to be the end of it. In 2007, Hamdi’s nephew Osama Ahmed Fahmy reignited the case and filed suit against Timbo, Jay, EMI, Universal Music, Paramount Pictures, MTV, and a host of others for the use of his uncle’s song. The case is finally going to court this October 13, and Jay-z and Timbo will be showing up in court to testify on their respective behalves. This’ll be a show for the ages.