Rapper Daz Dillinger Says Rockstar Stole His Music For GTA 5
According to TMZ, Daz claims that he turned down Rockstar’s offer (just shy of $4,300) for the use of two of his songs, “C-Walk” and “Nothin’ But the Cavi Hit.” Despite turning down the offer, the songs are still in the game, and Daz hasn’t seen a dime.
The rapper, and his lawyer, have sent a Cease & Desist letter over to Rockstar, and demanded that the publisher either re-enter negotiations with them, or destroy all unsold copies of GTA 5. Rockstar and Take-Two have 14 days to respond.
It’s unclear if Daz owns the rights to songs at the moment — I don’t see the songs listed in his discography.
The Grand Theft Auto series has always been heralded for its music selection, with dozens of songs available across a wide range of in-game radio stations. The music is typically a healthy mix of licensed tracks and original tunes — Tangerine Dream recorded most of the original jams in GTA 5.
This isn’t the first time a snafu of the musical sort has cropped up in a GTA game, and it probably won’t be the last.