Afeni Shakur, mother of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur has filed suit over unpaid royalties stemming from the late rapper’s posthumous album for $1.1 million.
Ms Shakur is the co-administrator of Tupac’s estate and filed the lawsuit against a company called Entertainment One, claiming it breached a contract to pay Tupac’s estate royalties on “Beginnings: The Lost Tapes,” which was released in June 2007.
According to the suit, E1 purchased the rights to Tupac’s music which was previously owned by Death Row Records in July.
Death Row went bankrupt in 2006. In 2013, Entertainment One (eOne, or E1) purchased the rights to the Death Row Records catalogue, representing one of the most successful urban genre catalogues in the music industry. The Group invested £175.0 million in content rights and television programmes in the year (2012: £135.8 million) and £4.2 million (6 million $) to purchase the iconic music library assets of Death Row Records, including Tupac’s music.
Ms Shakur claims E1 now owes Tupac’s estate $1.1 million. She also wants E1 to hand over the master recordings of all Tupac’s unreleased music. TMZ called E1 for a statement but their phone calls were not returned.
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