Dr Dre Wants His Damn Money-Sues Death Row for Unpaid Royalties

All I can say is the music business is the messiest biz you can get into… It operates on the premise of not paying people what’s due  while simultaneously taxing and collecting money on behalf of everyone..For example, all those law suits that the RIAA was doing for people who were illegally downloading.. How much of those millions were given to artists? Which artists and how much?  This is sad but not surprising that even the most successful figures in this industry are still owed money because of the way money is kept, not kept and spread around for superfluous expenses.. I suggest anyone trying to get into this biz head on over to www.rapcoalition.org and read everything Wendy Day has posted.. If anyone tells you NOT to learn about this industry or they insist on doing it for you while suggesting you go away and focus on making art and not business, I say run away in the other direction..

-Davey D-

Dr Dre Sues Death Row Over Unpaid Royalties


LOS ANGELESDr. Dre sued the new iteration of Death Row Records on Thursday claiming the label failed to pay royalties and released a new version of his iconic album “The Chronic” without his permission.

Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, filed the suit in federal court in Los Angeles against WIDEawake Death Row Records and its parent companies.

Young has not been paid royalties on the original “The Chronic” album since he split with Death Row in 1996, the lawsuit states. The label, a one-time powerhouse of rap music artists, eventually fell into bankruptcy but was bought by WIDEawake and re-formed.

Young’s lawsuit claims his attorneys notified the new owners that he was owed royalties, but they have never paid him. He also claims the label issued “The Chronic Re-Lit” and a greatest hits collection without his permission or the proper rights.

WIDEawake Death Row Records has also sold digital copies of “The Chronic” without having the proper rights, the lawsuit states. Young’s original contract with Death Row didn’t include digital distribution rights, according to the suit.

“When it came to paying artist royalties and honoring limits on Dr. Dre recordings that could be released, the “new” Death Row Records, to quote our client, ‘forgot about Dre,'” Young’s attorney Howard King said in a statement. “This lawsuit will make sure they remember.”

An after-hours phone message left for Wide Awake was not immediately returned.

Young’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages of more than $75,000 for several claims, including breach of contract, false advertising, trademark infringement and misappropriation of publicity.

“The Chronic” was first released in 1992. Since then, Young has remained a top rap producer working with best-selling artists such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent.

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Breakdown FM w/ Davey D-All Day Play #8: There Goes the Neighborhood


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As we kick off our 3 day weekend  and with so many people snowed in, we decided to put some funk in your trunk with this week’s show.. We took it back to the old school and came with some vintage joints that’ll have you really appreciating this thing we call Hip Hop…Highlights include the Public Enemy. When you listen beyond their most well known hits you realize Chuck D and company have a pretty deep catalogue of songs.. Almost all of them address some sort of issue.. I think they are underestimated..

Had to dig deeper and pull out something from the late Pumpkin. he was Hip Hop’s first official drummer and of course we had DJ Cheese and his landmark cut ‘King Cut’

We kick things off with a special back to Africa remix I did featuring Malcolm X and music from the late J-Dilla..

Its all butter folks.. please enjoy


Breakdown FM w/ Davey D on All day Play#8

There Goes the Neighborhood

01-J-Dilla ‘J-Dilla Meets Malcolm X’-(DaveyD remix)

02-Dr Dre w/ Ice Cube ‘Natural Born Killa’

03-Public Enemy ‘Assault Mix’

04-Public Enemy ‘House of Rising Son’

05-Public Enemy ‘How to Kill a Radio Consultant’

06-DJ Punisher ‘The Cutting Edge’

07-DJ Pumpkin ‘King of the Beat’

08-DJ Cheese ‘King Cut’

09-Bobby Jimmy ‘We Like Ugly Women’

10-Digital Underground ‘DooWhatchalike’

11-MC Lyte ‘10% Diss’

12-Lost Boyz ‘Music Makes me High’

13-Ice Cube ‘The Mack’

14-Outkast ‘Players Ball’

15-Ice T ‘Colors’

16-‘Dr Dre w/ Snoop Dogg ‘Next Episode’

17-Marley Marl w/ MC Shan ‘The Bridge’

18-Ice T  ‘6 In the Morning’

19-Eric & Rakim ‘ The Ghetto’

20-Conscious Daughters ‘Something to Ride To’  ‘(Davey D Screwball remix)’

21-Snoop Dogg ‘Gin & Juice’

22-Mystical ‘Shake Your Ass’

23-Black Sheep ‘The Choice Is Yours’

24-Grandmaster Flash ‘Girls Like the Way he Spins’

25-Donald D ‘FBI’

26-Whodini ‘Friends’

27-Dogg Pound ‘Lets Play House’

28-Kool Moe Dee ‘Go see the Doctor’

29-The Doc ‘ It’s Funky’

30- MC Lyte ‘Cappucino’

31-Craig Mack ‘Get Down’

32-Heavy D ‘Black Coffee’

33-Mobb Deep ‘Shining’

34-Gang Starr ‘Words I Manifest’

35-KRS-One ‘Outta Here’

36-Kool G Rap ‘Road to the Riches’

37-Brand Nubians ‘To the Right’

38-Schooly D ‘Megamix’

39-Ice Cube ‘Megamix’

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An Interview w/ David Banner-Contrasting Katrina and Haiti Recovery Efforts


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With all eyes on Haiti and the horrific devastation that has taken place there, it was natural for many to think back to how government officials and leaders handled recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane’s Katrina, Rita and Ike and see what lessons could be gleaned as we move forward with Haiti. Within our generation, one of the first people who came to mind was popular rap star/producer/ actor  David Banner. Best known for hit records like ‘Cadillac on 22s’, ‘Like a Pimp’ and ‘Play’, Banner is better known for the heroic efforts he put forth in the recovery efforts that took place in Mississippi after Katrina. So much so that he was awarded a prestigious Visionary Award by the National Black Caucus of the State Legislature.

In 2005 Banner was on a roll and was at the height of his career. ‘Play‘ was a number one record, his soon to be released album ‘Certified‘  was anticipated to be a huge success and the doors to Hollywood were starting to open.  Banner was on tour when Katrina hit. He immediately suspended all operations and turned his tour buses into rescue vehicles. Banner personally delivered water, clothing and food to those in need, spending tens of thousands of dollars of his own money…Ironically this caused tension between him and his record label because Banner stopped promoting his much anticipated album when appearing on popular media outlets like MTV or BET  and instead talked about relief efforts and what fans could do to help Katrina victims.

David Banner

As Banner often pointed out, New Orléans went through her immense suffering and death by the destructions of the levees which flooded the city and not the Hurricane itself which by the time it hit was downgraded from a category 5 to 3.  It was his native Mississippi that experienced Katrina at level 5 and bore the resulting devastation half way through the state.  The horrors suffered by Mississippi has not really been spoken about or fully documented. But Banner saw it all and was on the ground helping out just days after. He is still helping out in recovery efforts to this day..

When we sat down to talk with David  Banner, he explained that Haiti has been going through earthquakes ever since she freed herself from slavery and established that country.  She’s gone through economic and political earthquakes caused by the policies of our government including some put forth by George Bush and Bill Clinton who are heading up recovery efforts now. It’s like they were sent to finish a job they started. 

 Banner cautioned that all of us need to keep an eye on and be careful about the people and organizations we send our money. He reminded listeners that many of the recovery agencies involved with Katrina  made money and pimped the victims. He sees and hears many of the same troubling behavior with Haiti. Banner also recounted his own experience of seeing lots of money coming into organizations and it not being delivered to the people. He noted he saw how food and clothes that he brought to these organizations were taken away from poor parts of town and delivered to places where people were a little bit more well to do.. This is a complaint we are hearing over and over in Haiti.

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Banner also talked about all the money and opportunities that were granted when it came time to rebuild. He cautioned that we should all pay attention to the contracts being given out in Haiti, because after Katrina many of the people who were displaced and lost their homes did not get opportunities to work on the rebuilding. Banner said companies like Halliburton made tons of money while people most in need were left with nothing.

Banner also talked about the psychological damage that victims of Katrina had to endure. He explained that while people were still in shock after seeing a loved one drowned, eating by alligators or seeing their homes and personal effects destroyed, unscrupulous developers flooded the areas offering to buy people’s home for cheap and turn the areas into mini Las Vegas with expensive homes popping up and poor people being permanently displaced.

Banner said the solution to all this is for us in Black America to be prepared and understand Katrina and Haiti will happen again.  He said we will see some sort of catastrophe happen and that we need to be preparing ourselves now, because at the end of the day we’re gonna have to help ourselves..

We concluded by noting how fellow artists like Nelly, T.I. and Young Jeezy came to Banner’s help when he ran into road blocks and red tape by the government who tried to put all sorts of restrictions on the way he could help his own community. He talked about how his Heal the Hood foundation got hit with all sorts of red tape and that Nelly came along and absorbed Banners charity into his and helped him get all the paper work correct.

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