Dr Dre wins lawsuit against Death Row Records over ‘The Chronic’

Rapper/producer has successfully sued his former label

Dr Dre has won a lawsuit against his former label Death Row Records over his 1992 album ‘The Chronic’.

The rapper/producer filed the lawsuit against WIDEawke Death Row Records, the label which bought out the original Death Row Records after it filed for bankruptcy in 2010, reports Associated Press.

He successfully claimed that the label was improperly selling ‘The Chronic’ digitally and using some of his music on compilation albums without his permission. It was also found that WIDEawke Death Row Records had failed to pay Dre properly from online sales of the LP.

The ruling, which was made by Judge Christina Snyder in a California District Court, does not ban WIDEawke from selling Dre‘s music, but they must give 100 percent of the royalties from online sales to the rapper and are not allowed to license any of his music to compilation albums.

Dre‘s lawyer Howard King said: “For years, Death Row Records forgot about Dre when they continued to distribute his music digitally and combined his hits with weaker Death Row tracks in an attempt to elevate the stature of their other artists. We are gratified that the federal court has unambiguously declared that Death Row has no right to engage in such tactics.”

Dr Dre is currently readying his long-awaited new album ‘Detox’, set to be his third and final studio album.