Tupac’s Mom, Afeni Fights Back


By: Olimatta Taal

tupac_002.jpgAs a part of a bankruptcy settlement, Death Row Records Inc is trying to sell Tupac Shakur's unreleased recordings. Afeni Shakur, Tupac's mother is seeking to prevent the former label from selling his recordings.

An injunction was acquired in federal bankruptcy court Friday by Tupac's mother claiming Death Row was attempting to sell her son’s material that belonged to the rapper's estate. A 1997 agreement with the record label, states that the unreleased recordings should have been turned over to the estate, said attorney Donald N. David, representing the estate.

During Death Row's bankruptcy proceedings, "It was revealed that an album's worth of unreleased Tupac material was being advertised to potential buyers as the jewel of the crown of the Death Row assets," David said. Amaru Entertainment, Afeni's company, requested an injunction after the label failed to confirm that the songs would not be included in the bankruptcy settlement, David said.

The court has a month when it decides whether to permit the label to release an album with the unreleased tracks to help pay off its debts, David said. An attempt to contact Ronald L. Leibow, an attorney representing Death Row in bankruptcy proceedings, was futile.

Death Row was home to superstar rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, as well as Shakur. However, the label's fortunes and those of its owner, Marion "Suge" Knight, started to slide when Shakur was shot and killed in 1996 while riding in the passenger seat of Knight's car.

In April 2006, Knight sought bankruptcy protection for himself and the company. He claimed debts of more than $100 million in each filing. When Suge filed bankruptcy, his estimated personal assets were zero to $50,000. A month ago, the rap mogul placed his seven-bedroom, 9 1/2-bath home on the market for $6.2 million as part of his financial overhaul.