Jay Z appeared on the witness stand this week for his ongoing “Big Pimpin” trial. The multimillion dollar trial is currently underway in a Los Angeles federal court regarding a copyright infringement on the popular single.
“Big Pimpin” was released in 1999 and was a huge hit back then. The track samples 1957 song “Khosara Khosara” by Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi.
The rap mogul and his close friend Timbaland are both being sued by Baligh Hamdi heirs who claimed that they don’t have the proper rights to use the song.
The lawsuit also argues that the song is too vulgar and promote activities that are not apart of their culture.
Jay Z spent 90 minutes on the stand, according to the Associated Press, and most of that time was spent recounting his life, career and success. He spoke highly of the single that became his first major hit in the early part of his career.
Hov also brought a long a copy of his album Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter, released in 1999 to prove that he and Timbaland did have the proper rights to sample “Khosara Khosara.”