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The case could get potentially messy on multiple fronts. According to reports, Clinton's signature was forged in a battle to clear the sample. The funk godfather claims that he never signed a contact and has not agreed to any terms for the sample. Even after being notified, Will.i.am and his crew released another version of the single on the deluxe version of 'The E.N.D.' without sending word over to Clinton.
The group also contacted Clinton to license a sample of the song in 2009 for another usage before he realized that they had already jacked his work on the 2003 track. '(Not Just) Knee Deep' originally appeared on Clinton's 'Uncle Jam Wants You' record with his legendary group Funkadelic.