Music producer Micah Foster has filed a lawsuit against Dr. Dre for allegedly using his song without permission and failing to pay him for it. Foster claims that he created a hit record for Kendrick Lamar, which Dr. Dre used without his consent.
The legal documents obtained by The Blast show that Foster created a track called “The Don Big Boss Whistle 2013 (‘Boss 2013’)” on SoundCloud in 2013. Foster alleges that Dr. Dre and Aftermath, who he has previously worked with, found and used his beat and song track in a mix without his permission.
Foster claims that Dr. Dre used his song in Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5 (‘Heart 5’)” released on May 8, 2022, without paying him any royalties. He alleges that he readily heard his beat and track mixed with a Marvin Gaye track in the hit song and that he has not been paid anything for it.
The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $100,000, exclusive of interest and costs, for the unauthorized use of Foster’s song. Foster claims that Dr. Dre and Aftermath knowingly infringed on his copyright and failed to notify or pay him for the use of his music.
Foster further alleges that Dr. Dre and his team have not provided any accounting or compensation for the use of his song, and he is seeking damages for the financial losses he has incurred due to the alleged infringement.