Mónika Juhász Miczura (which would be Juhász Miczura Mónika in Hungary), a Hungarian Roma singer, is suing Beyoncé, Jay Z and Timbaland over 'Drunk In Love', which purportedly uses her vocals from a 1995 song called 'Bajba, Bajba Pélem' in its intro.

'Bajba, Bajba Pélem' appears on an album by folk group and two-time winners of the Hungarian Nivo prize, Ando Drom (means "on the road" in Romany language), of which Mónika Juhász Miczura used to be a part. She is now perhaps better known under the mononym Mitsou (or Mitsoura, or Mitsu) – though there is actually a Quebecois singer called Mitsou too, and she seems a little more well-known, so maybe there's another lawsuit waiting to happen there. Both are probably referring to the French spelling of Japanese word mitsu, which means honey.

Anyway, the story is that there was no permission asked, none given, and Mónika is super upset also that her manipulated voice was used to "to evoke foreign eroticism alongside the sexually intense lyrics." Not, I imagine, for what they were originally intended.

However, I can't quite hear it myself. Where the hell in the song is that vocal supposed to be lifted from? It's difficult to tell. One YouTube commenter (on 'Bajba') said: "Honestly, I think it sounds more like some of the Indian samples from the East West company, which they took a very short loop of and then increased the pitch." That's a reasonable explanation.

In some ways, imagine if it were your voice in this fucking huge song, how would you react? With no credit or anything? Even if you thought it were your voice, and it turned out it wasn't, it's still the same emotion, whether you're right or wrong. On the other hand, imagine if you love making music: everything you hear that sounds as if it could sit nicely in a song you're working on, you'd just sample it wouldn't you? Or something would inspire you from somewhere? It's sampling culture, hip hop culture, art becomes patchwork art becomes art made from patchwork art. We keep adding to a blanket that ends up defining music for a new generation, something will never end, be in constant flux, as long as humans create art.

So you can hear that sample, allegedly, in 'Bajba, Bajba Pélem' (taken from Ando Drom's album Kaj Phirel o Del? – released in the US as Gypsy Life in 1997). It's a pretty cool song, not that it features any instrumentation other than Mónika's voice, but cool all the same. I wanna sample it myself.

The obligatory inclusion of 'Drunk In Love' has also been fulfilled.

Oh, remember last year when Jay Z got sued over the 'Run This Town' sample?