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Hip-Hop News: Afeni Takes Suge To Court
Afeni Shakur is taking Marion "Suge" Knight and "Tha Row" to Court.
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By Paul Russell
11/28/2002 2:53:49 AM

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The mother of slain rapper Tupac Shakur has gone to court to try to stop Death Row Records from releasing a new album of her son's recordings.
Afeni Shakur has asked a federal judge to ban the record label - and controversial hip hop mogul Marion (Suge) Knight - from issuing unreleased songs and remixes next month without her consent.

Death Row and its distributor also have cheated Afeni Shakur out of untold thousands in royalties from two other Tupac albums, she charges in a lawsuit filed this week in Brooklyn Federal Court.

"We have sent cease-and-desist letters to Death Row, which were totally ignored," her lawyer Donald David said.

Afeni Shakur, a former Black Panther, wants at least $500,000 in damages from Death Row Records and Long Island-based distributor Koch Entertainment.

Death Row Records, also known as The Row, is run by Knight, a 315-pound ex-con who was riding in the front seat of his BMW with Shakur when the rapper was shot to death in 1996 in Las Vegas.

Knight "is a convicted felon and has long had a reputation for being a hoodlum and unscrupulous business practices," the complaint states. Two weeks ago, cops raided his record headquarters in Beverly Hills, arresting three suspects on murder charges. Knight was not a target of the probe, officials said.

Calls to Death Row and Koch Entertainment were not returned.


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