November 12, 2013 7:00am PT by Andrew Flanagan, Billboard
Jay Z Sued By Litigious TufAmerica Label Over 'Run This Town'
Jay Z, Roc-A-Fella, Atlantic Records and others are the newest targets of the highly litigious TufAmerica record label. Its busy legal team is asserting that Hova et al. illegally sampled the song "Hook & Sling" on the 2009 hit "Run This Town," according to several reports. TufAmerica bought the rights to the song, sung by Eddie Bo and produced by Al Scramuzza, in the mid-'90s.
TufAmerica is seeking damages as well as proceeds from Jay Z's song, which featured Rihanna and Kanye West. TufAmerica was also behind the copyright case filed against the Beastie Boys a day before Adam Yauch's death, which ended up with a minimal victory for TufAmerica. The company has also sued EMI over supposed infringement within a John Legend song, Christina Aguilera over her song "Ain't No Other Man" and Kanye West for two alleged offenses on his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
For his part, Jay Z has had a rough couple weeks, coming under fire for his collaboration with luxury retailer Barneys, which has been accused of racial profiling. In addition, the singer may have run up against MLB player-client rules after giving his Yankee client Robinson Cano a $30,000 watch.