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Daz Dillinger

Grand Theft Auto V Stole My Beats

Now RECALL the Game!!

10/11/2013 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Grand Theft Auto V" attempted to lowball rapper Daz Dillinger, then jacked his music without paying him a cent ... this according to a cease and desist letter Daz fired off to the makers of GTA V.

In the letter to Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games, Daz and his attorney say "C-Walk" and "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit" are used in the record-setting game, even though Daz turned down the company's "offensively low offer of $4,271.00 for both songs."

Now, the ex-member of the legendary Dogg Pound is demanding they make him a better offer or -- and this is a biggie -- recall and destroy ALL unsold copies of the game.

Keep in mind ... more than 15 million copies of GTA V have already sold -- and there are probably just as many, if not more, sitting on store shelves right now.

Not to mention the riot such a recall would cause in the gaming community. 

Daz tells TMZ this case is about "respecting an artist's work. Rockstar didn't do that here and I can't let them get away with it."

Daz and his attorneys at Kushner Carlson are giving the GTA V makers 14 days to comply with their demands ... or strike a deal.

Tick tock ...

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31.

no one important    

This pretty awesome cause I got GT5 and if they do pull all the games off shelves mine will be worth some money.

384 days ago
32.

Aussi all the way!    

Easiest solution ever: Rockstar issues a patch that strips the game of those tracks. GTAV goes on to sell billions more and obscure unknown rapper will continue to be obscure and unknown minus the $4k he would have gotten.

384 days ago
33.

jay    

Go figure, the 2 most annoying rap songs in the game..

384 days ago
34.

ItzDatDude    

Not that big of a deal. If Daz, who apparently owns the masters and publishing of the said music, ask for some outrageous amount during legal negotiations (out-of-court), Rock Star will go to court and the judge will determine a "fair" restitution to be paid for the music. Rock Star, obviously, dropped the ball on this because they will, in fact, pay more for those songs now than they would've before the game dropped. Especially, given the popularity of the game. Bottomline is...No judge will tell Rock Star to remove the games from the stores and will just order restitution to the owner.

384 days ago
35.

billybob    

My advice: get a pirated copy of they game, if they steal, they should be stolen.

384 days ago
36.

Brian    

They can go ahead and put out a patch to disable his songs. I don't care. I don't even listen to the music in the game. Too bad they didn't make the music more like GTA Vice City.

384 days ago
37.

Sips    

Good luck with that buddy recall 30 million copies OK

384 days ago
38.

Nate    

You guys really don't know sh*t. I did some work for a video game many years ago (it sold 1 million+) and myself and the artist were each paid $2500 per song. I'm an underground unknown producer, Daz is pretty well known in the industry so of course he should've gotten paid a lot more than $4271, especially with a huge game like GTA.

If he owns the rights to his songs then he has every right to sue the hell out of them.

384 days ago
39.

sarah    

Gees -- just pay the dude! This is so stupid and could have been avoided.

384 days ago
40.

John    

Nice eyebrows.

384 days ago
41.

Ziggy    

I understand him tryin to get more money and all. All Rockstar has to do is send an OTA update and remove all his songs. He better take that 4k and be glad he getting some exposure off those old ass songs and maybe it'll take some people down memory lane and they'll go to iTunes and buy one of them.

384 days ago
42.

nojuan    

lol he will be sad when they take his 2 crappy songs out in the next patch and dont give him a cent

384 days ago
43.

Drew    

Daz is about to get paid!!! If its true, there is no way they will recall it. They will probably toss him about half a million to go away.....

384 days ago
44.

Jimmy Stink Finger    

Stole his beats he stole from someone else. It's rap....none of that stuff counts.

384 days ago
45.

Derek    

Well first off.. Daz made the beat and produced it. It was released on Kurupt's CD "Kuruption! - West Coast Edition" in 1998 under Antra Records, which is a sub label of A&M Records. In late 1998 A&M's parent company, PolyGram, was bought by Universal Music Group. A&M transferred to Antra all of its rights in the joint venture's agreements with Kurupt but retained exclusive ownership of all rights to recordings made prior to the termination. Long story short... Daz doesn't own the rights to the song. As far as I can tell, either PolyGram or Kurupt directly owns the rights. Perhaps Rockstar made an agreement with THEM for the song.

384 days ago
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