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Jay Z Has 99 Problems And Egypt Is One

Alyssa Klein | Okay Africa   in  · ·
April 8, 2015

In 1999 Jay Z sampled Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez on “Big Pimpin’,” the fifth single off his fourth album, Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter (2000). The track, which would go on to become one of Rolling Stones’ 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time, pulls its unmistakable hook from “Khosara Khosara,” a song originally written by Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi before Hafez recorded it in 1960 to feature in the film Fata Ahlam.

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