UPDATE: Jay Z spends 90 minutes answering questions in court.
Jay Z testified in court today (October 14) in the lawsuit regarding the rights to the sample used in his “Big Pimpin'” song, theAssociated Press reports.
The Rap mogul spent 90 minutes detailing his life and music career. He cited the liner notes in his Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter as evidence that he and producerTimbaland legally used the Egyptian song “Khosara, Khosara” for the sample. A book that he had written about his lyrics was also allowed as evidence in the case, which was filed by the family of Baligh Hamdi who composed “Khosara, Khosara.”
Jay Z answered a series of “yes” or “no” questions about securing the rights to the song after “Big Pimpin'” was published.
A music expert determined that “Big Pimpin'” uses and repeats four of the 74 notes from “Khosara, Khosara.”