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Jay Z is suing the legendary hip-hop photographer who shot his debut album cover, Reasonable Doubt.

The rap mogul is suing Jonathan Mannion and his company, Jonathan Mannion Photography LLC, claiming Mannion is exploiting his name and image without the rapper's consent.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Jay says Mannion has Hova's name and likeness plastered all over his website and sells enlarged photos of Jay-Z for thousands of dollars each.

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In court documents obtained by TMZ, Jay Z claims Mannion demanded tens of millions of dollars when he asked him to stop selling the photos.

Jay claims Mannion is making an "arrogant assumption that because he took those photographs, he can do with them as he pleases."

Actually, he can do whatever he pleases.

As the photographer, Mannion owns the exclusive copyrights to the photos -- so he doesn't need Jay Z's permission to sell the pictures.

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Jay hired Mannion in 1996 to shoot the cover for his debut studio album, Reasonable Doubt. He said Mannion took hundreds of photos and Roc-A-Fella Records used some of the photographs for his album covers and paid Mannion a modest sum for the use of the photos.

Jay-Z claims Mannion continues to prominently display his image on the landing page of his website, where he sells Jay-Z pics and merchandise for millions of dollars.

Jay is annoyed that Mannion continues to eat off his name and image by selling his most famous photographs. The rapper claims he has strict control over his name, likeness, identity and how his persona are used.

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Jay grumbled it's "ironic" that a photographer would take advantage of a once poor "Black teenager, as a piece of property to be squeezed for every dollar it can produce. It stops today."

He is suing to stop Mannion from selling anymore of the photos, and wants him to fork over any of the profits he's made off his likeness.

However, unless Jay Z can prove he purchased the exclusive rights to the original photos, he can't tell a photographer what to do with his photos.

Mannion will likely win the lawsuit, because the rapper is too cheap to pay the photographer for the exclusive rights to the photos.

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Acclaimed photographer Chi Modu, known for his famous hip-hop photos, has passed away at age 54.

Chi Modu is renowned for his photos documenting rap music's icons such as Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and others.

The sad announcement was made on his official Instagram page on Saturday: "Our hearts are broken... We continue the fight."

The post didn't share his cause of death or what they meant by "We continue the fight."

Nigerian-born and raised in New Jersey, Chi Modu's best known photographs include an iconic black-and-white image of a shirtless Tupac Shakur with his hands raised to his head while holding a lit cigarette.

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He also photographed Mobb Deep stars Prodigy and Havoc for the cover of their 1995 album, The Infamous.

As director of photography for rap magazine The Source, Chi shot more than 30 covers and numerous photo layouts.

His work also appeared in Rolling Stone magazine and The New York Times.

He published his book of never-before-seen photos, uncategorized, in 2016.

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Hilary Duff called the cops on a photographer for taking pictures of her children. The overprotective mom lashed out at the photog for snapping photos of several children - including hers - playing a game of football.

The photographer assured Duff that he was simply practicing his sports photography.

The former Disney star shared a video of her interaction with the photographer alongside the caption: "Paparazzi shooting KIDS Go 'practice' your photography on ADULTS! Creep! Laws need to change! This is stalking minors! Disgusting!"

Cellphone footage shows the petite actress approaching the man and asking him to stop taking pictures of the kids, to which he replied it's legal to take photos in public places, according to Page Six.

When Duff told him he was making her and the children uncomfortable, he offered to show her his ID.

"I'm asking you human-to-human, as a mother, if you don't know anyone here, would you please stop taking pictures of our children playing football."

She added: "and let people know how creepy it is that this is what you choose to do on a Saturday morning."

Other actors supported Duff on social media. But some of her followers thought she overreacted to the situation when there was no apparent threat to her kids.

Duff is mom to 7-year-old son Luca and 1-year-old daughter Banks.

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