Dr. Dre Seeks Death Row Payback
February 12, 2008 at 6:51 AM (PT)
With a $25 million offer on the table, DEATH ROW RECORDS' rich catalog could be in the hands of WARNER MUSIC GROUP or another suitor with deeper pockets later this year, writes MP3.COM. In the meantime, DR. DRE, the producer chiefly responsible for the label's former dominance in the 1990s, wants to get paid. The acclaimed producer and rapper has filed several lawsuits over the years seeking unpaid royalties from the label.
But given the label's financial woes -- DEATH ROW and Co-Founder MARION "SUGE" KNIGHT filed for bankruptcy in APRIL, 2006 -- DRE has been unable to retrieve those payments.
Now DRE -- real name ANDRE YOUNG -- wants to find out the value of the claims he has filed against DEATH ROW. In documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in LOS ANGELES, DRE seeks contracts between himself and DEATH ROW, as well as information about revenue from the sale of his recordings, and agreements to release his recordings as part of compilation albums.
DRE was granted an appeal of the bankruptcy court's dismissal of one of his lawsuits last month. He asked the bankruptcy court to make DEATH ROW hand over the documents on FEBRUARY 29th and to order its representatives to be available for deposition on MARCH 7th.