The mother of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur reached a settlement over the $2.2 million she said her son’s estate is owed in the bankruptcy case of Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight.
Afeni Shakur, whose son was murdered in 1996 at the age of 25, would receive a claim of $668,121.76 in Mr. Knight’s bankruptcy case under a deal that a bankruptcy judge approved earlier this month, court papers show. Mr. Knight and Death Row filed for bankruptcy protection in 2006, and the cases wind on.
It seems that the claim that the settlement awards Ms. Shakur is in the amount of an arbitration award she won for Death Row’s breach of a 2003 settlement agreement related to the unauthorized distribution of her son’s songs. She also sought at least $500,000 for the unauthorized licensing of certain songs, $750,000 in attorneys’ fees and at least $300,000 in lost profits..
Given that she’s the head of her son’s estate, Ms. Shakur has sought to keep a tight grip on the use of his songs, image and name as well as to release additional songs. The deceased rapper returned to the stage last year, albeit as a virtual version of himself, in a highly publicized performance with fellow Death Row Records alumni Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.