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Jay Z, Timbaland Rappers in court to testify in 'Big Pimpin' copyright trial

Jay Z & Timbaland showed up to court on Tuesday & Wednesday to testify in their "Big Pimpin" trial.

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Sean Carter, more popularly known as Jay Z, and his long time collaborator, Timbaland, were in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday & Wednesday 13th and 14th.

They were in court to testify in a trial surrounding copyright infringement over their 1999 hit collaboration, 'Big Pimpin', Associated Press (AP) reports.

The two are being sued by the heirs of Baligh Hamdi, an Egyptian composer who created the 1957 song “Khosara Khosara.”


Jay Z spent 90 minutes answering a series of questions, including questions about his life, successes, and the creative process that led him and Timbaland to create 'Big Pimpin'.

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According to AP, Jay Z even brought out physical copies of his 1999 album Vol. 3 Life and Times of S. Carter to show the juror the liner notes that credit "Khosara Khosara." “We have the rights as you can see on the bottom of the CD,” Mr Carter told jurors.

The Roc Nation mogul further  went on to explain that he thought the rights to “Khosara Khosara” had been properly negotiated after issues were raised following the release of 'Big Pimpin'.

According to their lawyers, Hamdi’s family had been repeatedly paid for the use of “Khosara Khosara,” the song in which four of its 74 notes are repeated throughout “Big Pimpin’,” an Egyptian music expert claimed in court.

Stick with Pulse as we continue to update you on further developments on the trial.

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