Jay-Z and Timbaland are being sued by soul musician Ernie Hines for allegedly sampling his music without permission, The Blast reports. The 81-year-old artist is reportedly seeking $2 million in compensation.
The claim concerns Hines’ 1969 track “Help Me Put Out the Flame (in My Heart),” which Hines co-wrote. The song was sampled on both JAY-Z’s “Paper Chase” from the 1998 album Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life and Ginuwine’s track “Toe 2 Toe” from 1999’s 100% Ginuwine. Timbaland produced both tracks.
According to the lawsuit, neither JAY-Z nor Timbaland reached out for permission to use Hines’ work, with Hines now suing for copyright infringement. His attorney Christopher Brown writes that Hines had never heard of the songs until recently, noting that he is a “senior citizen, does not listen to rap music.”
Listen to the original track, “Paper Chase,” and “Toe 2 Toe” below.