April 21 [Updated 10:00 EST] — Afeni Shakur, mother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, has reportedly filed a $17 million lawsuit against Death Row Records seeking royalties that she claims the label never paid her son.
The Associated Press reports that the suit, filed Friday against Death Row and its imprisoned CEO Suge Knight, centers around the money generated by Tupac’s „All Eyez On Me“ album, which has sold five million copies. Shakur family attorney Richard Fischbein told the AP that Tupac received less than $1 million from Death Row despite bringing $100 million in record sales to the label.
Shakur’s mother is also reportedly seeking to dissolve a contract that Tupac signed with Death Row in 1995 while the rapper was behind bars. The lawsuit also reportedly aims to place 152 unreleased Tupac songs into a court-appointed receivership.
The suit was reportedly filed by Shakur’s mother just weeks after Death Row filed a lawsuit against the Shakur estate seeking $7.1 million in money it claims it advanced Tupac for houses, cars, jewelry and recording and video costs.