Jay Z Sued For Alleged Copyright Infringement on “Run This Town”


A record label is suing Jay-Z for allegedly sampling Eddie Bo’s 1969 single “Hook & Sling Part 1” without permission, according to New York Daily News. The record label, TufAmerica, represents the now deceased R&B artist and says the sample appears in Jay Z’s 2009 single “Run This Town,” which featured Rihanna and co-producer, Kanye West.

The label claims they have owned rights to the track since 1996 and are seeking proceeds from the Grammy-winning track, damages and a court mandate to discontinue “further distribution and exploitation” of the song.

TufAmerica has a history of filing lawsuits for copyright infringement, with claims filed against Beastie Boys, Christina Aguilera and Kanye West. Just last year, West was sued for sampling the same song on his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

The suit comes at a bad time for the rapper. Recently Jay-Z was recently criticized for his collaboration with Barneys after several alleged racial profiling incidents and he is also being investigated by the MLB for gifting Robinson Cano with a expensive watch.

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