West Coast rapper/producer Dr. Dre has won a lawsuit against former label Death Row Records entitling him to 100 percent of proceeds made through the digital sale of his 1990’s The Chronic debut album.
According to an Associated Press report, the ruling by U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruling states that the rapper and producer has received far less money than he is due from online sales of the iconic 1992 album, which also helped launch the career of Snoop Dogg.
Though the ruling will not halt digital sales of Dre’s music, it entitles him to receive 100 percent of the proceeds of online sales.
Dre’s attorney release a statement on his client behalf shortly after the ruling.
“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,” Howard King said in a statement. “We are gratified that the federal court has unambiguously declared that Death Row has no right to engage in such tactics, and must hold all proceeds from these illicit distributions in trust for our client.”