Grand Theft Auto V News: Daz Dillinger Doesn't Want His Songs on the Game
The Grand Theft Auto series has been a lightning rod for controversy since GTA III debuted and let players mow down pedestrians and "interact" with some of Liberty City's ladies of the evening. We've seen a few other similar instances of finger pointing since Grand Theft Auto V released this September, and now someone else is upset with the game, but for an entirely different reason.
Daz Dillinger, perhaps better known as "Dat Nigga Daz," or Snoop Dogg's cousin, is frustrated that Rockstar put his songs "C-Walk" and "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit" in GTA V, apparently without his permission. His lawyer sent a cease & desist letter to the developer and publisher Take-Two.
According to TMZ, "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."
Yeah, good luck with that.
Dillinger is claiming to have turned down the company's initial, and "offensively low offer of $4,271 for both songs," but somehow or another, the songs wound up in the game.
Whatever happened between the rapper and the companies, it's easy to assume that like the rest of us, Daz saw the headlines of Rockstar's financial accomplishments with the developer's latest opus and sniffed out an easy payday. Sales of the game reached over a billion dollars in the first few days of release, making Grand Theft Auto V an official record holder.
Though, the official line Daz fed TMZ is that the issue is over "respecting an artist's work. Rockstar didn't do that here and I can't let them get away with it."
Daz might want to follow the sordid twists and turns of whoever now owns the rights to Death Row Records, the label who published his songs in the first place. Legal and financial problems led to the label filing for bankruptcy, and it was auctioned off to WIDEAwake Entertainment Group, Inc. in 2009. With Rockstar saying that GTA V had been in development for roughly four years, it fits the timeline that if Rockstar didn't deal with Daz, they would've had to go to WIDEAwaka to get the songs legally.
Rockstar nor Take-Two has yet to comment publicly on the matter, but Daz's letter has given the company 14 days to offer him a new deal.