Rapper Jay Z And Timbaland Are Being Sued After Using A Flute Sample For Their 1999 Hit Song “Big Pimpin’

BHR Hollywood Reports........Jay Z and Timbaland are battling a lawsuit over allegations they ­improperly used a flute sample by an Egyptian artist for their 1999 hit song “Big Pimpin’.”

Osama Fahmy, an elderly, retired heir and nephew of Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi, is suing them for sampling the tune Hamdi composed in 1957 for the film “Khosara, Khosara.”

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 He filed suit in California federal court in 2007 and a judge will finally hear the case on Oct. 13.

 Jay Z and Timbaland are expected to testify.

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Jay Z's side quickly tried to defuse the controversy when,it paid $100,000 to the label EMI Arabia, which said it had rights over Khosara, Khosara.

The money was distributed to descendants of Hamdi, who died in 1993, but Fahmy now wants more, claiming the Hamdi family was not aware of how important his flute sample would be to Timbaland’s song.

 Fahmy “wasn’t aware of the settlement agreement at the time.

We’re seeking fair compensation,” Wesley said, but declined to specify the damages they were seeking.