In a sign that rappers are increasingly settling disputes in court rather than in a ghetto drive by, Dr Dre is suing Wideawake Death Row Records for unpaid royalties. The company is the successor to Death Row Records which fell in to bankruptcy.

The suit, to be filed this week in a Federal Court in Los Angeles, alleges that Dre – real name Andre Young – hasn’t been paid royalties for 1992’s The Chronic since he split with Death Row in 1996. The lawsuit claims his lawyers informed the new owners that he was owed royalties, but they have never paid him. You could argue that this is a major diss by Wideawake Death Row.

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