Big Pimpin (4:11)

Cover of UnPlugged

From UnPlugged and 1 other release

Anyone who hears the song might describe it as having an Eastern feel. And indeed it does, for it was borrowed directly from a famous Abdel Halim Hafez song entitled “Khosara.” Abdel Halim Hafez is one of the most famous musicians in the history of Arabic music and probably second most beloved in Egypt behind Oum Kalthoum. Yet, Jay-Z did not credit Abdel Halim Hafez or his composer Baligh Hamdi for the beat that made him millions of dollars. Imagine an Arab musician taking the beginning of Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heavan” uncredited and getting rich off it. That would never happen.


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  • DeySeeMeRollin

    many chicks wonna put jiggas fist in cuffs, divorce him, split his bucks, just because you got good head imma break bread so you can be livin it up? Shit I parts with nothin, yall be frontin, me give my heart to a woman...not for nothin, never happen, i'll be forever mackin... lol damn

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • kespimp

    love the MTV Unplugged album. The Roots are siiiiiick

    16 Apr 2009 Reply
  • trgrhippy

    This song so so PIMP! Makes me want to be a pimp lol.....

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
  • urbangroovz

    Jay and the Roots need to do another MTV performance! Its been waaayyyy too long, and look where MTV has gone!

    16 Mar 2009 Reply
  • hubb22

    Shitty radio version

    20 Feb 2009 Reply
  • xina_christina

    Jay Z with The Roots FTW!

    16 Jan 2009 Reply
  • morphoeugenia

    It does suck.

    15 Dec 2008 Reply
  • tiffanyamiller

    wow this version totally SUCKS

    16 Nov 2008 Reply
  • a25dj

    Afro basque

    9 Oct 2008 Reply
  • moussor

    I'd say this is the unplugged version

    7 Jul 2008 Reply
  • gratzup

    Isn't this a different version?

    9 Jun 2008 Reply
  • tzv

    No matter what I am doing HOVA gets me movin

    31 Mar 2008 Reply

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