Dr. Dre is being sued by a producer who claims the music mogul used his song without permission, and without paying.
The veteran rapper is being dragged to court by music producer Micah Foster, who says he created a hit record for Kendrick Lamar.
According to the legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Micah says he created a track on SoundCloud in 2013 which was entitled “The Don Big Boss Whistle 2013 (‘Boss 2013’).
Dr. Dre Sued By Music Producer Over Hit Record
In the filing, Foster alleges Aftermath and Dr. Dre found, heard, and listened to his beat and song track on SoundCloud — and used it in a mix.
Micah has a discography with both Dre and Aftermath (aka the defendants).
Apparently, this has been a long-standing case in the California legal system yet, Micah says it is a simple case regarding (Dre’s) failure to adhere to honest interactions with him.
Producer Alleges Dr. Dre Ripped Off His Song & Used It For Kendrick Lamar!
Micah states that he has had a long-standing relationship with Dr. Dre, and their relationship has included good and bad times. Unfortunately, this case covers a bad time whereby he engaged in infringement as failed to properly pay Micah.
He is claiming, Dr. Dre and Aftermath sampled his song in Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5 (‘Heart 5’)”, which was released on May 8, 2022.
Micah alleges he readily heard his beat and track mixed with a Marvin Gaye track. He said the ‘Boss 2013’ track was an underlay track below and received no payment from Dr. Dre or Aftermath.
The amount in controversy in this matter exceeds the amount of $100,000, exclusive of interest and costs. Thus, there is an issue regarding the failure to request the use of said ‘Boss 2013’ beat and track while failing to pay royalties to Micah.
The Producer Claims He Hasn’t Been Paid ANYTHING
In fact, the issue is the Defendants, and each of them, failed to notify or pay Micah for the use of his music. He claims that Dre and Aftermath know very well that Micah was entitled to receive payment and royalties.
Starting on May 8, 2022, to current, Micah states that they have knowingly infringed and used his ‘Boss 2013’ track to receive monies and compensation.
To date, Dr. Dre has allegedly failed to provide a said payment, royalties, and accounting to justify the use of ‘Boss 2013.’ Given the past history between the parties, Micah filed this case to assert the financial damages he incurred due to the alleged infringement.
In the end, the producer says Dr. Dre nor his team have provided accounting or compensation for use as well as any royalty payments for the track. He is seeking over $100,000 in damages.