Songwriter files Death Row suit

Music producer-songwriter Johnny Lee Jackson has filed a lawsuit against Death Row Records and Interscope Records for allegedly failing to pay him for 11 songs he produced and co-wrote on the Tupac Shakur album “All Eyez on Me.”

In a complaint filed Thursday in L.A. Superior Court, Jackson, professionally known as Johnny J, claimed that Death Row president Marion (Suge) Knight promised to pay him a $10,000 advance per song he produced for the album against a royalty of 3%.

Released in February, the album has sold more than 7 million copies, and a single Jackson co-wrote has sold more than 2 million copies and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

But Jackson claims he has not been paid despite repeated demands.

Jackson is among a growing list of creditors seeking payments from the rap music powerhouse while its CEO is in prison.

Knight currently is at the Chino Men’s Colony undergoing a diagnostic review while awaiting sentencing next month on probation violation charges.

“Death Row has a pattern and practice of failing to pay artists in accordance with the terms of their agreements,” the lawsuit states.

The complaint also asserts that the label “uses various strong-arm tactics, including threats of and actual physical violence, to ‘convince’ artists to perform” and to “waive” their rights.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Death Row execs declined to comment about the complaint.

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