|Single by Jay-Z featuring UGK|
|from the album Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter|
|Released||April 11, 2000|
|Jay-Z singles chronology|
|UGK singles chronology|
"Big Pimpin'" is a song by American rapper Jay-Z. It was released on April 11, 2000 as the third and final single from his fourth studio album Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter (1999). It features a guest appearance from Southern hip hop group UGK, and production from Timbaland.
"Big Pimpin'" was the most successful single from the album, reaching No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Rhythmic Top 40 chart. On Rolling Stone's updated 2010 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", the song ranked at No. 467. Despite its performance, Jay-Z later revealed that he regretted the song's lyrics, stating that, "Some [lyrics] become really profound when you see them in writing. Not "Big Pimpin." That's the exception. It was like, 'I can't believe I said that. And kept saying it. What kind of animal would say this sort of thing?' Reading it is really harsh."
Timbaland samples "Khosara Khosara", composed by Baligh Hamdi of Egypt in the mid-20th century and originally recorded by the famous Egyptian vocalist Abdel Halim Hafez. The sampled version of "Khosara Khosara" was arranged and performed by Hossam Ramzy, and can be heard on a CD compilation entitled, "The Best of Bellydance from Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey", an album that also contains another song that Timbaland sampled for the Petey Pablo track, "Raise Up". In 2007, the song sparked controversy when copyright co-owner Osama Ahmed Fahmy filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Federal Court, alleging that Timbaland illegally replayed portions of "Khosara Khosara" note-for-note. Jay-Z, Timbaland, Linkin Park and EMI Music Inc. were among the defendants named in the lawsuit. (Linkin Park was included because the track was also mashed up with their song "Papercut" on the collaborative EP Collision Course in 2004). The Linkin Park mash-up was entitled "Big Pimpin/Papercut".
This latest lawsuit follows an August (2007) decision by a California judge to dismiss another lawsuit by Ahab Joseph Nafal, who claimed "Big Pimpin'" infringed the copyright on Khosara Khosara. Lawyers for EMI Records argued the 50-year-old track was governed by the 1909 Copyright Act, AllHipHop.com reports. On May 31, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgement in favor of Jay-Z, et al.
The music video was shot in Trinidad during its Carnival and features Jay-Z and Bun B on a music truck dispensing money into the crowd and partying on a lavish yacht. Pimp C's verse and the last scenes are shot at a beachfront mansion in Miami Beach, Florida, on exclusive Golden Beach, after he refused to fly to Trinidad. The music video features cameo appearance from Too Short. It was directed by Hype Williams. The music video for Lonely Island's "I'm on a Boat" is largely a parody of this video.
Formats and track listings
- "Big Pimpin' (Radio Edit)"
- "Watch Me (LP Version)"
- "Big Pimpin' (Instrumental)"
- "Big Pimpin' (Video)"
- "Big Pimpin' (Album Version)" (4:05)
- "Watch Me (LP Version)" (4:34)
- "Big Pimpin' (Instrumental)" (4:57)
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||200,000|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000|
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
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