The label bought exclusive rights to the track in 1996, and the suit seeks profits from “Run This Town,” damages and a court order ending “further distribution and exploitation” of the song. And it turns out Jay has a history with TufAmerica. This is the third suit they’ve filed against Hov’s Roc-A-Fella imprint this year — apparently the first two were settled.
“Hook & Sling” has been a favorite among samplers in hip-hop and R&B over the years, particularly the ad-libbed vocals at the track’s start. Though not a sample, Justin Timberlake‘s “SexyBack” famously interpolated the “you ready?” yelp in 2006.