Soul artist and guitarist Ernie Hines recently filed a law suit against Jay-z’s, Roc-A-Fella Records, Sony Music and Timbaland – who produced the track Ernie’s griping about – claiming they jacked one of his songs from back in the ’69 and used it on Jay’s 1998 record “Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life” without his permission and without ever paying him.
Hines says his track “Help Me Put Out the Flame (In My Heart)” was sampled for the ‘Vol. 2’ song “Paper Chase” , but didn’t even become aware of it until last year….and Jay-Z didn’t bother reaching out to him, as the musician whose song he sampled on one of his most popular albums, and now the dude wants his all these years later … according to a lawsuit.
There’s more as Hines also claims Timbaland also used ‘Help Me‘ on Ginuwine’s 1999 album, “100% Ginuwine” – once again without his permission or without any payment. Interestingly, Ginuwine isn’t a defendant on the lawsuit.
Hines says the songs have been played on a lot of platforms over the years, and that he’s owed a lot of dough because of it. He’s suing for damages exceeding $2 million.