"Are you some kind of lawyer or something?" Someone important or something?
Jay-Z is processing a small online store in Sydney, Australia called The Little Homie, according to the New York Times. The item that started the process is a book called “A B for Jay-Z” that redirects a line from the famous rapper song "99 problems ” like "If you are having alphabet problems, I feel bad for your child, I have 99 problems, but my ABC is not one."
The book bears the resemblance of Jay as well as other rappers like Biggie Smalls and Eminem. It was released two years ago and Little Homie – who said she hoped to inspire "the next generation of hooded rats" – says it sold out in a few days, according to the Times. Other titles offered by Little Homie include "First 50 Words with 50 Cent" and "1 2 3 With Notorious B.I.G."
Jay-Z is suing an Australian children's bookstore for using his image and handwriting.
Jay's efforts to counter what his lawyers describe as "a deliberate and conscious attempt to change the reputation and goodwill" of his image date back to 2017, when several letters of cessation and withdrawal were sent. The complaint also alleges that Little Homie made a "false and misleading representation" that Jay-Z had given his approval for the product and was consciously affiliating with it.
Jessica Chiha, the company owner, does not seem to be helping her case with online references to herself as "J-Pain", her son as a "little ghetto star" and her husband as her "baby daddy". Several photos, allegedly from her husband Danny's Facebook, appear to show people in blackface at a party.
Chiha did not respond to a request for comment from the Times. Page six turned to Jay-Z and The Little Homie's team for comment.