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Curren$y Sues Dame Dash For 1.5 Million Over Unauthorized Album Release

Former DD172 artist Curren$y had launched a $1.5 million dollar lawsuit against Damon "Dame" Dash over distribution rights to his music.

Former DD172 artist Curren$y had launched a $1.5 million dollar lawsuit against  Damon “Dame” Dash over distribution rights to his music.

Curren$sy alleges that he severed ties with Dash’s DD172 imprint in 2010. He released two critically acclaimed projects, Pilot Talk 1 and II, under Dash’s label with fellow DD172 artist/producer Ski Beatz.

Curren$y signed with Warner Bros. in January 2011 and released his debut major label debut Weekend at Burnie’s last June. Last month, Dash released his own Curren$y project Muscle Car Chronicles, composed of recordings made between 2009-2010.

Damon Dash is countering the lawsuit claiming that Curren$sy breached his an agreement with DD172 to sign with Warner Bros.

At press time, a court date has not been disclosed. Curren$y’s next project, The Stoned Immaculate, is slated for release later this year.

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What a mess. I can understand Curren$y’s anger since he and Dame split on bad terms. At the same time, he probably doesn’t have any legal recourse to stop any music made while he was under an “agreement” with Dame’s DD172.

I say “agreement” because Curren$y put himself in a bad legal position as evidenced by the below quote from an interview back in 2010 with XXL.

Honestly, I don’t know outside of me how the business is run, as far as DD172, but [with] me and dude, there is no physical, no black or white, nothing on no paper. It’s just understood, nothing had to be said, so it’s been all good. That’s the same situation I tried to have anywhere I was. It’s never been no confusion, I always wanted to be on the real nigga standards: If I fuck with you, I fuck with you. So we got that understanding. I have companies, he has companies and I gave him percentages and shit. Like I got Jets International, I got this line I’m about to do with New Era and shit and he got like 10 percent of that shit. It’s just some homeboy shit. It’s crazy because it’s like I known him forever, but I haven’t. I’ve only known him for exactly how long you’ve seen me around him. But it’s just like it was understood. We both been through a zillion fuckin’ bumps and bruises in this game. At this point, it’s like fu*k that shit, we just hustlin’.

After reading that, Curren$y needs to be mad at himself. You’re dealing with a man who, whether truly his fault or not, has a history of bad breakups with business partners and artists. And yet you, as someone whose been around for years and should know the cutthroat nature of the music business, still chose to not have any written agreements AND give up percentages of your companies.

Let’s hope the Warner Bros. deal he signed last year is on much better terms.

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