A case started in the US yesteday involving Jay Z (Jigaa Whaaaaaat) and Timbaland! They are being sued by an Egyptian musician who claims that they ripped off this song in creating Big Pimpin.

Here’s a video side-by-side of the two songs:

 

Now, to be fair, the rap lads are asserting that the first thought the sample was royalty free, and that they subsequently paid for it, so it’s not a question of are they similar or anything. It’s acknowledged that they did use the sample, but that they were entitled to.

Here’s some extra reading on it!

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/jay-z-timbaland-stole-egyptian-song-big-pimpin-suit-article-1.2396507

http://www.canada.com/entertainment/attends+start+copyright+infringement+trial+over+1999+pimpin/11435678/story.html

http://mix929.com/news/articles/2015/oct/14/jay-z-attends-court-as-big-pimpin-copyright-trial-gets-underway/