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OTRC: Dr. Dre wins 'Chronic' legal battle against Death Row

The cover of Dr. Dre's 1992 album 'The Chronic.' / Dr. Dre is pictured in an undated photo posted on his MySpace page. (Death Row Records / myspace.com/drdre)

Dr. Dre has won a legal battle against WIDEawake Death Row Records, which had released some of his material, including a new version of his first solo album, the 1992 record "The Chronic," without his permission.

The rapper and music producer, who co-founded Death Row, said that from 1996 until Death Row's bankruptcy in 2006, after which its assets were bought by WIDEawake Entertainment Group, "not a dime of royalties had been paid," the New York Times said.

Dr. Dre said this violated an agreement he had signed with the label, which he claimed had been selling digital versions of "The Chronic" without permission.

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday, April 19, that under the agreement, Death Row did not have the right to distribute "The Chronic" online and that Dr. Dre is entitled to damages over lost royalties from those sales. The label can, however, continue to sell "The Chronic" in other forms, namely, as CDs, records or cassettes.

"The Chronic" contains hit tracks such as "Nuthin' but a 'G"'Thang" and "Let Me Ride," both of which featured rapper Snoop Dogg. Check out a track listing here. (Warning: Record contains explicit lyrics)

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