FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 file image taken from video, rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z appears outside of court in Los Angeles. The rapper says he believes he has a valid license to use the Arabic music featured on his 1999 hit “Big Pimpin’” that is now the subject of a copyright infringement trial. The rap superstar told a federal jury, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, that he has never asked music producer Timbaland about the origins of the music, which includes elements of the 1957 Egyptian hit song “Khosara Khosara.” (AP Photo/Rick Taber, File)

Jay Z and Timbaland faced a New York jury on Wednesday to prove that the sample for the song ‘Big Pimpin’ was obtained lawfully from Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi.

Jay Z spent 90 minutes in front of the jury explaining the creative process behind creating the song, squeezing in a few jokes along the way about his working relationship with Timbaland.

“He tells me his beats are better than my raps. I tell him my raps are better than his beats,” Carter said. “It’s an ongoing thing that I keep winning.”, at which point the courtroom burst out laughing.

Defense lawyers are expecting to begin the case next week on Tuesday.

 

Doug L Fresh