JAY-Z has filed a lawsuit against a Sydney woman and her online retailer The Little Homie, on the grounds that her children's book, A B to Jay-Z knowingly infringes on his trademarks.

The Guardian reports that The Little Homie owner, Jessica Chiha released a statement earlier this week in which she disclosed, “We are unbelievably disappointed to find ourselves caught in a legal battle with someone whose music we love and adore.”

According to reports, in 2017 a customer asked whether the company was black-owned, sparking a conversation about cultural appropriation that eventually reached the rap mogul.

Chiha's book, A B to Jay-Z, appropriates JAY-Z’s The Black Album track, “99 Problems.” The children's book rhymes, “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABCs ain’t one” as opposed to Jay's opening remark, “If you’re having girl problems, I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one.”

According to the Guardian “documents filed earlier this month by the rapper’s Australian legal counsel note Carter asked Chiha to stop in March 2018 and again in July this year.”

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