theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports, Dr. Dre has headed to court blasting the $6 million dollar lawsuit filed by a 70’s R&B star accusing him of ripping off his music without ever paying him a dime –saying he didn’t steal anything from the man and demands the judge throw out the entire case.
Here’s the backstory: Leroy Phillip Mitchell (aka Prince Phillip Mitchel) – a 70’s R&B singer – filed a federal lawsuit against Dr. Dre and Universal Pictures over a song featured in “Straight Outta Compton”. Mitchell explained that he is the owner of the copyright for the 1977 song “Star in the Ghetto“.
He said that Dr. Dre and MC Ren authored a song entitled “If It Ain’t Ruff” back in 1989 and the song is featured in the film.
However, he said that the song features a sample of his 70’s hit. He claims that no one ever asked him for permission to use his music and he even reached out to Universal to inform them of the infringement but they continue to use his music without authorization.
The man stated Dr. Dre’s song has sold over 3.5 million copies and resulted in 2 million albums sold. He said 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 claimed he has been screwed out of royalties, fees, sales and has had his reputation damaged as a result of Dre’s actions. He filed suit demanding $6 million + in damages.
Here’s the latest: On May 27th, Dre headed to court and blasted the $6 million dollar lawsuit against him calling it a bunch of nonsense. The music mogul explains that “If It Ain’t Ruff” was independently created by himself and none of Mitchell’s track is sampled in his song.
Further, he says that 70’s musician filed the suit despite his claims being past the statute of limitations and the man doesn’t even own the rights to the song in question.
Dr. Dre says that the two songs aren’t even substantially similar and is demanding the entire lawsuit be thrown out and the man awarded nothing from his $6 million dollar complaint.
Here’s NWA ‘If It Ain’t Ruff’:
Here’s Prince Phillip Mitchell’s ‘Star In the Ghetto’: