Dre accuses his former label of "hatin' to the highest power"...
DR. DRE has entered the row surrounding the posting of SNOOP DOGG’s forthcoming NO LIMIT album ‘THA LAST SUPPER’ on the DEATH ROW RECORDS website [url=]www.deathrowrecords2000.com accusing the label of “hatin’ to the highest power” and of trying to “fuck up” the sales of their former artist.
No Limit/Priority Records have also confirmed they intend taking action against Death Row, delivering a statement yesterday (December 11) that said “appropriate legal steps are being taken to remedy the situation”.
‘Tha Last Meal’ will not get an official release until December 18, (December 19 in the US) but was posted a fortnight ago on Death Row site.
However, it is becoming increasingly unclear if Death Row actually acted illegally in posting the album.
According to a joint statement issued in 1998 between Death Row and No Limit/Priority when Snoop Dogg switched to the latter’s camp, Death Row were entitled to a “lump sum” and financial participation in “all of Snoop’s future releases”.
Whitney Broussard, a digital music lawyer, told [url=]www.sonicnet.com that the posting was more likely intended as a co-promotion than sabotage. “The fact that Death Row has a financial interest would not give them the right to post the album online,” she said, before adding, “But if they were co-owners, they would have the right.”
It was a sentiment echoed by Death Row boss Marion ‘Suge’ Knight in a statement issued from his prison cell at the weekend (December 8).
“Why would Death Row attempt to sabotage ‘Tha Last Meal’ when we are partners with No Limit/Priority Records on this album? The same was applied to the last two No Limit/Priority Snoop Doggy Dogg releases. We are also partners with Priority Records on Snoop Doggy Dogg’s next three albums.”
Dr Dre, the Death Row Records co-founder who has already issued legal proceedings against Napster this year, did not have any sympathy with his former label.
“Why don’t those people do what we are doing and move on?. You live your life; let us live our life. I don’t fuck with you, you don’t fuck with me, and then everybody can just move on with their lives, be happy and chill with their families, and go on.”
He added that the rise in Internet accessible music was making him think hard about the recording process.
“Usually it takes between nine and 10 months to produce and make a record that’s gonna be hot enough to present to the people. If I go in there and spend that kind of time on a record, and then somebody grabs it because of some kind of animosity or stuff like that and puts it up on the Internet for people to get free, it’s kind of crazy to me. It’s like hatin’ to the highest power.”