Afeni Shakur, the mother of slain hip-hop icon Tupac and co-executor of his estate, has filed a $1.1 million lawsuit against Entertainment One and Death Row Records. The suit alleges that the defendants didn’t pay royalties for more than four years and refused to return the masters of unreleased recordings.
It’s a complicated story. Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2006 and Tupac’s original 1995 contact with the company has gone through a slew of different owners. Still, the label has released four Tupac albums since the rapper’s death. In her lawsuit, Afeni Shakur seeks an injunction, an accounting, and damages for breach of contract and unfair competition.