It took five years and thousands of dollars in legal fees but the issue of who gets the royalties from Tupac Shakur’s unpublished music is finally resolved.
In 2013, Entertainment One company was sued by Tupac’s estate alleging that the company was keeping his unpublished music under wraps (forgive the pun) and failing to issue the royalties for some of the rapper’s music from the estate.
Supposedly, Entertainment One breached a contract they’d signed which stipulated payments to Tupac’s estate for royalties worth seven figures for 2007’s Beginnings: The Lost Tapes. As for Tupac’s unreleased music; the lawsuit stated that it should be the estate that controlled its publication and release.
The estate prevailed, Tupac’s unreleased recordings will now be returned to his estate, while a six-figure payment will be made to cover the royalties.
The estate has not released a statement to the public as to what it plans are for the unpublished music tracks.
Afeni, Shakur’s mother, had been the primary force behind efforts to protect her son’s estate until her death from a heart attack in 2016. “My son left many incomplete pieces and even more unfinished ideas,” Afeni said when filing the lawsuit. “Using the blueprints, he gave us, I am committed to fulfilling this duty…[We] will find innovative ways to continue to keep his music, his message, and his legacy alive.”
Sadly, the hip-hop icon died at the age of 25 in 1996. The murder was described as an unsolved drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Reference: The New York Daily News (October 1, 2018) “Unreleased Tupac music returned to his estate after drawn-out legal battle”