Jay Z’s enemies typically include rappers and people who diss his missus but now he’s taken aim at a small Australian retailer over a children’s book and won’t somebody please think of the children?
A report by Sydney Morning Herald is ricocheting across the world as it reveals Jay-Z is involved in a lawsuit that alleges a local retailer knowingly infringed on his trademarks and engaged in misleading/deceptive conduct to sell products.
The tome in question is a book called ‘AB to Jay-Z’ and it includes a bunch of music icons from Eminem to Snoop Dogg and their most iconic lyrics, with the intention of helping kids learn the ABC.
The book is sold by The Little Homie, an online retailer that sells products inspired by pop culture figures.
In 2017, the company raised $8,000 on Kickstarter to create the book.
The back of the book features a play on the chorus of Jay-Z’s ’99 Problems’, reading: “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABCs ain’t one.”
In March 2018, the rapper’s legal team asked the company to cease sale of the book until they find a resolution but neither has been able to do so.
Jay has since named the sole director of The Little Homie, Jessica Chiha, as the case’s personal respondent.
His lawyers claim The Little Homie is using the rapper’s likeness in a “flagrant, glaring” way and are seeking damages and the immediate cessation of printing to rectify the matter.