Dr. Dre and 50 Cent have been sued over their hit single, “P.I.M.P.”
Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson III have been named by music producer, Brandon Parrott, who claims in legal documents that he is the original producer of the hit song.
In the legal documents, which were obtained by TMZ, Parrott claims that in 2001 he sent 10 instrumental tracks to Dr. Dre in the hopes that the producer might like one and pass it on to one of his Aftermath Entertainment music artists to use as a song.
Two years later, 50 Cent released his six times platinum selling album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ on Aftermath. The album featured, as a single, “P.I.M.P.”, which became a remix that peaked at number three on the U.S. Hot 100.
According to Parrott, after the success of the song, a music executive from Aftermath Entertainment contacted him and admitted that one of the 10 tracks sent by Parrott (specifically “BAMBA”) was sampled in the creation of “P.I.M.P.”
Parrott allegedly accepted a settlement after being assured that the sampler did not know that “BAMBA” was going to end up in the final edit of the song.
After hearing interviews with Dr. Dre and others concerning the creation of the hit song, Parrott now believes that he was taken advantage of. He has sued for an unspecified amount in royalties.
The remix of the song has reached top 10 status on international charts and was certified Gold by RIAA for having sold more than 500 thousand copies.