Dillinger Lawsuit Targets Death Row
Performer/producer Delmar Arnaud (aka Daz Dillinger) and label OCF have filed a nine-count breach-of-contract suit against Death Row Recordings (DRR), music publisher Suge Music, and their founder, raPerformer/producer Delmar Arnaud (aka Daz Dillinger) and label OCF have filed a nine-count breach-of-contract suit against Death Row Recordings (DRR), music publisher Suge Music, and their founder, rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, Billboard Bulletin reports.
The suit, filed last week in the Superior Court of the State of California County of Los Angeles, Central District, alleges that DRR, Knight, and Co. violated five separate recording and publishing agreements with Arnaud from 1993 through 1998 that resulted in the "deliberate withholding of funds owed [to Arnaud] and threats of physical violence [toward him]."
Arnaud, who claims to have scribed more than 100 songs, spearheaded the rap group Tha Dogg Pound, and is "directly responsible" for record sales totaling 15 million units during the past nine years. He says he been paid just $75,000 for his efforts, according to the complaint.
Death Row recently released "Death Row Presents: Tha Dogg Pound 2002," an album of previously unreleased material from the group. Dillinger and his Dogg Pound partner, Kurupt, issued the set "Dillinger & Young Gotti" under the moniker DPG on their own label earlier this summer.
Knight, who is scheduled to be released Thursday (Aug. 9) from a federal prison in Oregon, has been serving nine years for violating terms of probation stemming from assault charges. Calls to attorneys representing Arnaud and Death Row were not returned.