Hardcore rappers 50 Cent and Dr. Dre have been hit with a lawsuit by one song writer/producer who insists he originally came up with the hit track P.I.M.P. but was cheated out of his intellectual property.
Image: Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.
Brandon Parrott is the music producer involved in a legal battle against the duo. He states in court documents obtained by TMZ that in 2001, he sent 10 tracks to Dr. Dre believing that the artists on his Aftermath Entertainment label would record his music.
But in 2003, 50 Cent released his debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ on Aftermath.
Surprisingly, the best-selling album featured P.I.M.P. which was a hit-track – a song which eventually became his third single. P.I.M.P. was remixed in the summer of 2003, featuring Snoop Dogg, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck. That single peaked at number three on the U.S. Hot 100, and also reached multiple top 10 charts worldwide. It was later certified Gold by the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 copies.
Parrott claims that subsequently, at this time he received a call from an unnamed producer at Aftermath who tried to clear things up with him.
The music executive allegedly admitted that Parrott’s track, BAMBA, was sampled in P.I.M.P., but had no idea it was going to end up in the final edit, ContactMusic reported.
According to the online report, Parrott accepted the producer’s ignorance and reportedly agreed on a settlement.
Things have fallen apart right now that he has allegedly listened to interviews from those involved in the recording of the song, making him believe it wasn’t a mistake. It’s a confirmed fact that the record label bosses took advantage of him.
Parrott has named 50 Cent, Dre and Aftermath in the lawsuit, seeking an unspecified amount in overdue royalties.