A New York City record label is suing Jay Z for copyright infringement for a sample he used on his 2009 song, "Run This Town."
The collaboration with Kanye West and Rihanna allegedly contains a sample of Eddie Bo‘s 1969 funk song "Hook & Sling." Label TufAmerica says it was used without permission.
The label bought exclusive rights to the track in 1996. The lawsuit asks for profits from "Run This Town," damages and a court order ending "further distribution and exploitation" of the song. "Hook & Sling" has been a favorite among samplers in hip-hop and R&B over the years, especially the ad-libbed vocals at the start. Justin Timberlake‘s 2006 hit, "SexyBack," featured the song's "you ready?" yell.
It also turns out Jay Z has a history with TufAmerica. This is the third suit they've filed against Hov's Roc-A-Fella label this year. Apparently, the first two were settled.