Dr. Dre has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the successor’s of Death Row Records over back royalties and the release of a new version of his classic album, The Chronic.
According to TMZ, the hip-hop superstar (real name: Andre Young) filed a lawsuit against WIDEawake Death Row Records and its parent companies recently, claiming he hasn’t been paid for royalties on his multi-platinum smash, The Chronic, since he left the label in 1996.
But, it was eventually purchased by WIDEawake, who re-launched the label, and has since re-released material from the label’s classic catalog.
In Dr. Dre’s lawsuit, he claims his attorneys notified the new owners that he’s owed royalties, but they’ve yet to respond.
He says WIDEawake released a new version of The Chronic titled Re-Lit, and a greatest hits collection, containing his recordings without his permission.
“When it came to paying artist royalties and honoring limits on Dr. Dre recordings that could be released, the ‘new’ Death Row Records, to quote our client, ‘forgot about Dre’,” Dre’s attorney, Howard King, said in a statement. “This lawsuit will make sure they remember.”
Dre is seeking unspecified damages of more than $75,000 for breach of contract, false advertising, trademark infringement and misappropriation of publicity.