Dr Dre sues Death Row Records over 'The Chronic' album

Rapper/producer claims reissue came out without his permission

Dr Dre. If being in NWA wasn’t cool enough, Dre then went on to bring us Snoop Doggy Dogg and Eminem on his march towards godlike rap status. Although, it should be pointed out, he still hasn’t obtained any official medical qualifications. Rate him now at NME.COM/Ultimate. Pic: PA Photos
Dr Dre has sued Death Row Records over his album 'The Chronic' - claiming he is due royalties for the record and that it was reissued without his permission.

The rapper/producer filed the suit for around $75,000 (£48,000) yesterday (February 11) in federal court in Los Angeles. He claimed that he has not been paid royalties on the 1992 album since he left the label in 1996 and that the 2009 reissue 'The Chronic: Re-Lit' was issued without his consent, reports Billboard.

In the suit Dre claimed that his attorneys notified the owners of Death Row since last year, WIDEawake, of the royalties owed to him but they did not pay him.

"When it came to paying artist royalties and honouring limits on Dr Dre recordings that could be released, the 'new' Death Row Records, to quote our client, 'forgot about Dre,'" the rapper's attorney Howard King. "This lawsuit will make sure they remember."

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