Jay-Z Sues Australian Children's Book Publisher - Noise11.com
Jay Z - Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Jay Z - Photo By Ros O'Gorman

Jay-Z Sues Australian Children’s Book Publisher

by Tim Cashmere on November 27, 2019

in News

Hip hop superstar Jay-Z is suing an Australian author and publisher Jessica Chiha for her children’s book ‘AB to Jay-Z’.

The book features the line “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I’ve got 99 problems but my ABCs ain’t one” – a reference to Jay-Z’s 2004 single ’99 Problems’. In the suit, Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) is alleging the publisher “deliberately and knowingly” used his likeness in a “flagrant and glaring way”.

Carter’s legal team is still calculating damages, and at the time of publication, the defendants have not yet filed a defence.

The Little Homie published the book after raising $8,000 in Kickstarter and according to the lawsuit they were asked to halt publication in March 2018.

Other hip-hop-inspired books they publish include ‘123 With The Notorious B.I.G.’ and ‘First 50 Words With 50 Cent’.

They have come under fire in the past, with a number of people of colour labeling the publisher racist and accusing them of making a profit from a culture they have no affiliation with. Photos are circulating of the author’s husband Danny Chiha in blackface and The Little Homie had published (now deleted) memes dropping the N-word and other AAVE terms.

One scathing Twitter thread started by @sweetfacedinero from 2017 offers some insight as to why someone like Jay-Z might want to flex his legal muscle a small Australian publisher.

Noise11 on Instagram
You’ll discover music news first following Noise11 on Twitter
Comment on the news of the day, join Noise11 on Facebook
Noise11.com

Comments

comments

Related Posts

Crowded House
Crowded House Debut First New Song in a Decade ‘Whatever You Want’ VIDEO

Crowded House have a new song. ‘Whatever You Want’ is the first Crowded House song in a decade.

2 mins ago
Angus Young AC/DC Etihad Stadium, Rock Or Bust World Tour. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
AC/DC Glow About Axl Rose

Angus Young has thanked Axl Rose for his short tenure in the band.

32 mins ago
Antony Partos
2020 Screen Music Awards Nominees Revealed

The 2020 Screen Music Awards will be streamed via YouTube this year on 1 December 2020.

10 hours ago
Splendour In The Grass
Splendour In The Grass’ Jessica Ducrou Calls For Action From Government for Live Music

With major sporting events opening up, Splendour In The Grass co-founder Jessica Ducrou has called on the Government for equal support of the live music industry.

20 hours ago
Eilish Gilligan photo by Simon Walsh
Melbourne’s Eilish Gilligan Shares Her Second Song For 2020

Melbourne’s Eilish Gilligan has delivered her second song of 2020 and this time it’s a Covid baby.

20 hours ago
Mick Thomas Roving Commission
Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission Sets Up Live Dates For Victoria

Mick Thomas will take his Roving Commission on the road … finally … for dates across Victoria in December.

21 hours ago
The Seekers Hidden Treasure Vol 2
The Seekers To Release Volume 2 of Hidden Treasures

The Seekers second volume of ‘Hidden Treasures’ is on the way with audio from their New Zealand tour when Judith Durham announced she was leaving the band included on the upcoming album.

1 day ago