According to Thejasminebrand.Com who exclusively has this report, Andre Romelle Young popularly known as Dr Dre is being sued for song theft by a 70’s R&B star, who says the rapper never got permission to sample his hit song.
He is demanding over $6 million dollars due to the song being featured in the upcoming N.W.A. film Straight Outta Compton Leroy Phillip Mitchell (aka Prince Phillip Mitchel) – a 70’s R&B singer – filed a federal lawsuit against Dr. Dre and Universal Pictures over the upcoming NWA film.
Mitchell explains that he is the owner of the copyright for the 1977 song, “Star in the Ghetto”. He explains that Dr. Dre and MC Ren authored a song entitled, “If It Ain’t Ruff” back in 1989 and the song is to be featured in the upcoming film.
However, he says that the song features a sample of his 70’s hit. He claims that no one contacted him to ask for permission to use his music and that he even reached out to Universal to inform them of the infringement but they continue to use his music without authorization.
He says Dr. Dre’s song has sold over 3.5 million copies and resulted in 2 million albums sold. He says he never knew about the infringement over the years because he was never listed as a co-author or given credit on Dre’s song.
The musician says he has been cut out of royalties, fees, sales and has had his reputation damaged as a result of Dre’s actions. He is demanding damages in excess of six million dollars.