Jay and his label were sued by TufAmerica Inc., who claimed that they illegally sampled the "Oh!" from the 1969 funk song "Hook & Sling" by New Orleans singer and pianist Eddie Bo. The re-issue label demanded in the copyright-infringement lawsuit royalties from "Run This Town" as well as other damages.
New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan dismissed TufAmerica's lawsuit on December 8, 2014. "The word 'oh' is a single and commonplace word," wrote the judge. "Standing alone, it likely is not deserving of copyright protection."
Eddie Bo's "Hook & Sling" has been sampled by a host of artists, including LL Cool J on "Mama Said Knock You Out
," Justin Timberlake on "SexyBack
" and Kanye West on "Good Friday
" and "Lost in The World
." TufAmerica previously sued West over the latter sample.