There are two parts to this story. As the title states, ‘Jay-Z Suing Culture Vulture Australian Author Refusing To Remove His Lyrics And Namesake’ which means two things. 1) Jay-Z is suing an author from Australia who devised a book for children revolving around a theme of 1990’s era rappers because the book uses Jay-Z’s lyrics, namesake, etc. 2) Unrelated to Jay-Z, we are also instructing our audience how the author of the children’s book, A B to Jay-Z, is a culture vulture par excellence.
Jay-Z’s legal team is now suing the owners of the book claiming the rapper’s association with the book and the author is hurting his brand, and that is why he wants financial compensation and to end book sales. Hov’s lawyers instructed the author, Jessica Chiha, in 2018 to stop selling the book. They claimed Chiha was infringing on Jay’s copyrights, 99 Problems, for the song since she never offered up a dime to use the lyrics.
“If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems but my ABC’s ain’t one.”
Chiha issued a statement via The Daily Mail UK in which she expressed disappointment in Jay-Z,
“To have someone like Jay-Z file legal proceedings is daunting beyond belief and hugely dispiriting…” and “We are unbelievably disappointed to find ourselves caught in a legal battle with someone whose music we love and adore…”
Chiha remains adamant about fighting Jay-Z is court as if using the lyrics & namesake of an artist doesn’t infringe on intellectual property, stating,
“We maintain we have done nothing wrong and intend to give it everything we’ve got for common sense and common good to prevail, to the extent we can fight the fight…”
This explains the legal matter at hand.
As far as Chiha being a culture vulture we need to reference the work of Internet citizen of Twitter user @sweetfacedinero who discovered the belligerent marketing tactics being used by the company which owns A B to Jay-Z, The Little Homie. Catch a screenshot below.
Twitter user @sweetfacedinero continued to research the authors of the book and discovered the following:
@sweetfacedinero discovered the Culture Vulture author of the book back in 2017 and was wise enough to screen shot her atrocious, uncultured findings.
Have y'all seen this kids book called A B to Jay-Z? I asked was it black owned. Look at the response. Before I asked I knew the answer pic.twitter.com/c8r4Q8ole1
— ☿ s͎a͎v͎i͎o͎r͎s͎e͎l͎f͎ ⚓️🏁 (@sweetfacedinero) July 3, 2017
As Chiha stated to the The Daily Mail UK “We are unbelievably disappointed to find ourselves caught in a legal battle with someone whose music we love and adore…,” however, you seem to condescendingly view his culture and the people it represents. Hence, the term Culture Vulture. For the time being the book continues to be sold on Amazon.