The rapper, real name Sean Carter, was in court over the disputed copyright of song “Big Pimpin’”.
Osama Fahmy claims Jay Z and Timberland, real name Tim Mosley, improperly licenced his deceased uncle’s composition “Khosara Khosara” for their 1991 hit.
Taking to the stand, Jay Z explained he was unaware the song had a sample within it.
He claimed checking the copyright over samples was “not what I do. I make music.”
Asked by his lawyer Andrew Bart to elaborate, Jay Z listed his companies and ventures, Vulture reported.
“I make music, I’m a rapper, I’ve got a clothing line, I run a label, a media label called Roc Nation, with a sports agency, music publishing and management. Restaurants and nightclubs … I think that about covers it,” he told the court.
There was a pause before Mr Bart prompted: “I’m not so sure. You have a music streaming service, don’t you?”
“Yeah, yeah. Forgot about that,” Jay Z reportedly deadpanned.
Tidal, a music service that promises users superior sound quality, was re-launched by Jay Z with much fanfare earlier this year. The service, which reportedly has roughly 700,000 subscribers, has experienced some difficulties – not the least that Jay Z forgets he has a stake in it.
Credit: Independent UK