Jay-Z is suing a website store for jacking his image and lyrics for their own benefit.
The Australian based company, The Little Homie, used lyrics from the rapper’s 99 Problems song and played on the wording.
A book called A B to Jay-Z was made and published by The Little Homie, and the contents of said book hosts other rappers including Biggie Smalls and Eminem. One line used is, “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for your son, I got 99 problems but my ABCs ain’t one.”
Hoping to inspire “the next generation of hood rats” the book sold out within days upon its release date two years ago. Similar books sold by The Little Homie include 1 2 3 With the Notorious B.I.G., First 50 Words With 50 Cent.
In the lawsuit, the 49-year-old’s lawyers have described the situation as “a deliberate and knowing attempt to trade off the reputation and goodwill” of his image — according to his legal team, multiple cease-and-desist letters were sent in 2017 before formal legal action was taken.
According to Page Six, the company owner, Jessica Chiha, said in a statement, “We are unbelievably disappointed to find ourselves caught in a legal battle with someone whose music we love and adore.
We refer to a whole host of hip-hop artists in the books, but to have someone like Jay-Z file legal proceedings is daunting beyond belief and hugely dispiriting. We maintain we have done nothing wrong and intend to give it everything we’ve got for common sense and common good to prevail, to the extent we can fight the fight.”
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