|Song by Linkin Park & Jay-Z from the album Collision Course|
|Released||November 30, 2004|
|Samples||Hossam Ramzy - Khusara Khusara|
|Live debut||July 18, 2004|
|Last played||July 2, 2005|
|Writer||Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, J. Capeless, Jay-Z, Joseph Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Timothy Mosley|
|Producer||Linkin Park, Jay-Z|
"Big Pimpin'/Papercut" is a mash-up between "Papercut", from Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, and "Big Pimpin'", from Jay-Z's Vol. 3... Life And Times Of S. Carter. The "Big Pimpin'" portion of the track samples "Khusara Khusara" by Hossam Ramzy. Mike's verse from "Papercut" as well as the chorus of the song were re-recorded.
Speaking to Soundslam on December 2004, Mike Shinoda said, "BPM, theme, key, vibe—all of that played into my decisions of which songs to mix. Our guitarist, Brad, helped me a bit with that part—we usually brainstorm well together. Some were more obvious to me, like Big Pimipin with Papercut."
Produced by Timbaland and recorded in 1999, "Big Pimpin'" contained a snippet of a flute from "Khusara Khusara", an instrumental performed by Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy and originally composed by Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi in 1957, appearing in the film Fata Ahlami.
In 2005, the nephew and heir of Baligh Hamdi, Osama Admed Fahmy, authorized Ahab Joseph Nafal to fill an Intellectual Property - Copyright lawsuit on behalf of his family over the use of the sample. Jay-Z, Timbaland Productions, Linkin Park, EMI Music Inc., EMI Music Publishing, Ltd. and EMI Blackwood Music were among the defendants named in the lawsuit; Linkin Park being involved due to the song being mashed up with "Papercut" on the EP Collision Course. However, the lawsuit was dismissed because Nafal's license to the song was deemed to be non-exclusive. Nafal later argued that he had finally attained “100% of an exclusive license” over the original song, but the judge ruled that Nafal could only join the copyright owners in bringing a claim.
In 2007, a lawsuit was filled by Fahmy himself with the defendants also including Vivendi SA’s UMG Recordings, Viacom Inc’s MTV Networks, Roc-a-Fella Records, and many others. Besides alleging that the use of the track was unlicensed, his lawsuit contended that only the full, unaltered version of "Khusara, Khusara" could be legally licensed; since the use of the song in "Big Pimpin'" is an altered sampled loop, under Egyptian "moral rights" law, Jay-Z would have had to acquire permission from all four of Hamdy's children, who the song's rights were passed down to when Hamdy passed away in 1993.
The case went to trial in 2015, during which Timbaland said he found “Khusara Khusara” on a CD of public domain music and Jay-Z claimed he initially didn't know there was a sample in the beat. “Timbaland presented me with a track. I didn’t even think about there being a sample,” he said. It has been noted that Hossam Ramzy’s version is present in a 1992 compilation called The Best of Bellydance from Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey which features a song called “Enta Omri (I)” (also performed by Ramzy) that Timbaland sampled in 2001 on Petey Pablo’s song “Raise Up”. A music expert testified that the "Khusara Khusara" sample in "Big Pimpin'" contains four notes from the song's 74. Timbaland’s attorneys brought out a keyboard for the producer to compose a beat in the courtroom in a move to demonstrate the relative unimportance of the sample, but technical problems with the keyboard interfered. Timbaland then started beatboxing to demonstrate the importance of the beat in his productions, not the samples. They also elaborated on the agreement Timbaland and Jay-Z reached in 2001 with EMI Music Arabia, which claimed rights from a deal with Middle Eastern record label Sout El Phan. $100,000 was paid to EMI Arabia for song rights, but Fahmy argued that the rights were not EMI’s to give.
The lawsuit was dismissed in 2016 after finding that Fahmy had surrendered his rights when he licensed the song and was therefore unable to pursue claims. In 2017, Fahmy and his attorney filed an appeal trying to shift their argument toward moral rights once again, but Jay-Z was officially awarded a victory in 2018.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Big Pimpin'/Papercut||Collision Course||2:36||2004||November 30, 2004||
|Big Pimpin'/Papercut||Collision Course (Clean)||2:36||2004||November 30, 2004|
|Big Pimpin'/Papercut||Collision Course||July 18, 2004||November 30, 2004||
|Big Pimpin'/Papercut||LP Underground 5.0||2:32||July 02, 2005||November 21, 2005||
"Big Pimpin'/Papercut" debuted at the MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups event in West Hollywood, California, along with the rest of the Collision Course tracks. Linkin Park and Jay-Z had to play each of the album's tracks twice due to lighting messing up. A little less than two weeks later, Jay-Z made a surprise appearance during Linkin Park's set in Holmdel, New Jersey on Projekt Revolution 2004, where he performed the first three songs of Collision Course with the band ("Big Pimpin'/Papercut" included). For some reason, the studio version of "Papercut" was still performed at the beginning of the setlist, while "Lying From You" and "Faint" were dropped in favor of their Collision Course counterparts.
The song was also performed at both 2005 shows, as well. The song has not been performed in any form since then.
- Soundslam Collision Course Interview - Mike Shinoda Clan
- Jay Z and Timbaland Win Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘Big Pimpin’’ Sample - The New York Times, October 21, 2015
- Jay-Z Takes the Stand in ‘Big Pimpin” Copyright Fight | Courthouse News Service, October 14, 2015
- News : Rappers Jay-Z, Timbaland Sued Over 'Big Pimpin' Melody, September 04, 2007
- Jay-Z Battles Egyptians Over ‘Big Pimpin’ Outrage – The Hollywood Reporter, March 06, 2012
- Jay-Z defeats copyright claims over 'Big Pimpin'' | Reuters, May 31, 2018
- Jay Z Testifies in "Big Pimpin'" Trial: "I Didn't Think There Was A Sample In It" | Pitchfork, October 15, 2015
- Jay Z Testifies at ‘Big Pimpin’ Trial: ‘I Didn’t Know There Was a Sample’ | Billboard – Billboard, October 14, 2015
- Gyp the System – Wayne & Wax, September 12, 2007
- Jay Z Sued (Again) For 'Big Pimpin': Will Egyptian Heir 'Split His Bucks'?, March 03, 2017