Jay Z better start lining up his legal team for the latest lawsuit about to come his way. According to reports, Jay could be in the middle of a huge lawsuit due to using a sample for his 2009 banger, “Run This Town”, without having permission.
Reports of the lawsuit were released on the internet this week.
Jay Z is being sued for allegedly sampling Eddie Bo’s 1969 single Hook and Sling – Part 1 without permission. TufAmerica, the label representing Bo, claims that the sample appears in Jay Z’s 2009 single Run This Town, which also featured Rihanna and co-producer Kanye West. The track featured on Jay Z’s 11th album, The Blueprint 3, and was a No 1 single in the UK. TufAmerica, who have owned the rights to the track since 1996, are seeking proceeds from Run This Town, damages and a court order to halt “further distribution and exploitation” of the song. Bo was a New Orleans pianist whose records incorporated jazz, blues, funk and soul. He died in 2009. The lawsuit, filed in New York, names Jay Z, his label Roc-A-Fella Records and several other companies as defendants. (The Guardian)