Daz Dillinger Says "Grand Theft Auto V" Used His Songs Without Permission

Exclusive: Daz Dillinger says that he found out that songs he worked on were used on "Grand Theft Auto V" by playing the video game and by being contacted by friends and fans.

Daz Dillinger recently filed a cease and desist letter against Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games, the makers of Grand Theft Auto 5. The rapper producer says that "C-Walk" and "Nothin' But the Cavi Hit," which appear in the video game, were used in the game without his consent.

“They had no permission to put my music in there,” Daz Dillinger says in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “So, we’re playing the video game and, ‘Bam.’ And, all the fans were telling me about the stuff. They were hitting me up like, ‘It’s more like a Dogg Pound Grand Theft Auto.’ I’m like, ‘Damn. How’d they get all my songs up in there? So, I had to do an investigation and make it happen.”

Daz Dillinger says that the video game companies approached him with an offer that he deemed inadequate and did not include royalties.

“They were trying to give me $4,000 and that was it,” Daz Dillinger says in his exclusive interview. “Then, when you read all the contracts, you’re looking at it like, ‘Man. That’s all I’m gonna get is $4,000. No BMI, no ASCAP, no nothing.’ I’m like, ‘Hey. What can I do?’ Then they tried to talk and I’m like, ‘I don’t want to do no talking. Just pay mine out.’ What makes them different than a Warner Bros., a Universal? If they want to jump into video games and put music in there and do all that, there’s royalties, publishing and mechanicals. That’s my case right there. I’m just waiting right now for them to respond.”

Daz Dillinger says that he’s looking for his “fair share” of financial remuneration, though he says that he doesn’t know what that amount would be.

“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing,” Daz Dillinger says, "and let the lawyers handle that business."

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57 Comments

  • anonamyss

    dear daz your music has been awful since you sued suge to take his finger out of your butt and give you millions. you sold out. you should be happy that anyone cares enough about the music you made before you became irrelevant to want to cruise around and listen to it in a game. nobody does in real life anymore. you are not a man and you dont actually own anything. you are still a puppet and i wish you failure with your "cease and desist". yeah u so so gangsta

  • RSX

    Actually, only music video games deal in royalties and mechanicals. All other uses are flat license fees. Nice try tho, Daz.

  • Anonymous

    "Offering $4k with no mechanical rate when you already know the demand of your product and it was proven to amass almost $1bn in 3 days is a slap in the face" The demand for the product is the game itself. The music used is secondary. Daz's music is available for free all over the internet. Why would any executive worth his pension plan agree to pay Daz hundreds of thousands to millions for two songs that no longer are generating sales. Can he prove he's losing out by not getting paid? Of course he can't. It's greed, something you obviously think is gangsta since like Daz you're probably broke and desperate. Do you steal change from water fountains, or go to 7/Eleven and take the pennies given to help sick kids? I wouldn't put anything past you. That's how pathetic your life has become. Shame on your parents for allowing you to run rampant on the web. They think your working all day, not typing threats and hurling insults like the scared little non tough guy we all know you are.

    • Anonymous

      "Downloading his music off a site for FREE is different from BUYING a game with his music on it." Because everyone bought grand theft auto 5 because they heard that Daz had two whole songs on it right? Your right it is totally different one is people straight up stealing his music and the other is basically advertisement to the other 20+ million people that wouldn't have gave a shit about him in the first place.

    • real

      You are an idiot. 1st Daz still sells heavy in Cali and down south. Daz is not broke or hurting for money. 3rd no company can use your product without compnesation no matter if you had zero damages. He owns his music so u must get permission to use it for profit. Downloading his music off a site for FREE is different from BUYING a game with his music on it. Young niggas have no clue

  • Anonymous

    Shouldn't he just be happy that someone,anyone is still playing his music??

    • Anthony

      Daz is the Shit, I still listen to him. You youngsters don't have a clue. And no he is not poor or hurting for money. He makes shows and performs across the globe. Its just sad to see that people don't appreciate talented artists.

  • WoK

    blah, blah, blah....Daz is a loser nowadays and he needs the money end of story. He just wants a piece of the pie like a long lost relative if you won the lottery. What he needs to do is get with the program and make some new records....with his broke ass. it's not the 90's anymore and he is no longer relevant...

    • real

      So, what makes you relevant. Daz is far from broke. He is a millionaire are you? If that company didnt want to pay him then dont use his music which he owns. Daz has his own record company and sells music heavy out west and down south. Even if he sells only 60,000 he gets 100% of that and he still tours. You dont know what the hell you are talking about youngster

  • Anonymous

    "He acting like he know what big business is, the so-called executive who can't comprehend the simple basis of a contractual agreement" There was no agreement in place. Daz turned them down. End of story. You sound like a little ho weeping over money that isn't even yours. Safe to say the people at Rockstar are a lot fucking smarter than you are. You'd probably give Daz several million. Fucking non business having cocksucker lol You probably give homeless people 100 bucks a pop. Gullible ass motherfucker. I could go on but I've already shit all over enough today.

    • Anonymous

      wow what you Daz's Bitch?? STOP MAKING FUN OF MY HOMIE Or I'm gonna get mad!! You look like a bitch!!

    • Anonymous

      See how the PUSSY quoted that one part but left out this, which was the NEXT sentence: "If you don't AGREE, then you have NO CONTRACT." To say THIS: "There was no agreement in place. Daz turned them down. End of story" ^ lol you under pressure and FOLDING. "You sound like a little ho weeping over money that isn't even yours." ^ says Quote-Man, the Forbes quoter, the Billboard & pocket/net worth watcher! ANYBODY can search Rick Ross here and see YOU stating his net worth! "You'd probably give Daz several million. Fucking non business having cocksucker lol" ^ look PUSSY "Offering $4k with no mechanical rate when you already know the demand of your product and it was proven to amass almost $1bn in 3 days is a slap in the face. It should be $40k flat or $4k with say $.03 rate per_____ sold." ^ when YOU offered some INSIGHT like THAT? NEVER Now go slam your keyboard and grab a Go-Gurt f*ckboy.

  • aohh

    Rockstar did pay for the right to use the songs.. to the actual owner of the songs. The record label they were recorded under.

  • XDropBOMBSLikeNagasaki

    The sad part about these ignorant fools taking Rockstars side is that not all of them are white. Go to other sites and you could see black dudes too, swag faggots more specifically, which already tells you they don't know shit about the business side of music. The songs they STOLE from Daz were NEVER made FREE by him, ever, once upon a time, records were never given away, idiots. This new "business" model of giving your shit away for free is something that just now started, C-Walk and Nothing But the Cavi Hit, were NOT made FREE! Do they exist? Yes, but it's ILLEGAL to download them, bunch of self-entitled idiots, that's not how life used to work. Not EVERY piece of music is FREE. And Rockstar is about to pay up, as they should. C-Walk produced and published by Daz Dillinger/Delmar Arnaud Cavi produced and published by Daz Dillinger performed by Mack 10, Tha Dogg Pound(Daz Dillinger Kurupt)

    • Anonymous

      "They're gonna appear with a checkbook handy and make this go away before other artists lawyer up. And the legal conversation will start on proper compensation for music on video games, it's long overdue." ^ yes, he is that stupid people Not even touching how EA gets it done without a problem being in the same industry using the same type of music with just as much fanfare, just cosign the fuckery, the stealing and look down on the guy speaking up. lol, we can see you're a piece of sh*t in real life, you've shared much of your mentality here.

    • Anonymous

      go to bed Daz, you're drunk maybe when you stop rapping about that shit you front from your advance you'll stop pinching those fucking pennies in reality

    • Anonymous

      You sound fucking stupid, asshole. Crying like a ho over Daz seemingly getting fucked over. Ponder this. You can either download these two songs for free, or pay a few bucks for them. What video game company in their right mind would willingly pay Daz a Brinks truck full of money when his indirect contributions aren't the reason why the game exists or is selling like crazy? Fact is artists get fucked out of money in so many different capacities. It may not be right, but that's the business they chose to be in. Indie artists rip off beats all the time. Video games use songs without getting permission. Battle rappers freestyle over beats that aren't there's. Low budget movies use rap songs they couldn't afford to pay for. Are you getting this?

    • Anonymous

      That's why I told pussy boy Quote-Man the lawyers would never say they found the music free online, then say they offered $4k and he didn't take it and have no written agreement but used the content anyway. They would get laughed out of the court room trying to argue "well.....Daz Dillinger's two songs didn't help generate that billion dollars" like that weirdo is trying to do. They're gonna appear with a checkbook handy and make this go away before other artists lawyer up. And the legal conversation will start on proper compensation for music on video games, it's long overdue. Who's sounding retarded, that, or "This is the business world, kid. Nobody waits around for a phone call. Not when a billion dollars is waiting to be snatched up."

  • Anonymous

    "Just because you can download music for free from illegal websites does not mean that you can use someone's intellectual property without permission" And once again, people do it all the time. Plus they offered him money and he turned them down. This is the business world, kid. Nobody waits around for a phone call. Not when a billion dollars is waiting to be snatched up.

    • Anonymous

      This is how you know Quote-Man is the real retard here. He acting like he know what big business is, the so-called executive who can't comprehend the simple basis of a contractual agreement: If you don't AGREE, then you have NO CONTRACT. Now read deep into Quote-Man's words, he would bend over like a BITCH to be associated with something, take the food scraps they offer and turn a blind eye and stay church mouse silent while they laugh at his gullible ass counting money. You go on ahead flunky, you that dude we pass the el roach to and hear how you went to the next cypher acting like you bought that smoke for us.

  • Anonymous

    "All they have to say is these songs are all over the net for free as it is." ^ and they wouldn't say that because they know it's asinine It's time to negotiate a protocol through law for musicians and video games and companies like ASCAP, BMI, & SESAC need to be included at that round table. Offering $4k with no mechanical rate when you already know the demand of your product and it was proven to amass almost $1bn in 3 days is a slap in the face. It should be $40k flat or $4k with say $.03 rate per_____ sold. You hear music on Madden & NBA and not a peep. EA Sports is doing it right with licensing, publishing, executive producers, events.

    • Anonymous

      loL at this HHDX Ted Cruz. So oblivious. Like I said people, if movies can have a score that plays background and they are well compensated, it's time for video game companies and music artists to have a standard backed law. The video game format has matured. And a perfect example is EA Sports, who rolls out the red carpet for their music. It's background music in a sports video game right Quote-Man? look at the type of business Quote-Man cosigns, the lying (MMG), cheating (Daz/GTA), jedi mind trick (Mac Miller/Lord Finesse) business.

    • Anonymous

      But Daz Dillinger's two songs didn't help generate that billion dollars you simple minded retard. Stay stupid homie.

  • AJ

    No one has mentioned that it's very likely a record label actually owns the rights to the song and Daz doesn't understand that they can license them to third parties? Because that's exactly what the manual states in the credits for the songs. This isn't Rockstar's first game and have a protective legal team, I HIGHLY doubt that they'd use a song without having the proper rights.

    • AJ

      That depends entirely on the contract. Rockstar attributes the licenses to the songs as being provided by the record labels/ASCAP. If the record label doesn't own the rights to license the song, then Daz should be barking up their tree as they're likely responsible for more "infringement" than just licensing to Rockstar.

    • Anonymous

      label owns a percentage not a whole, that's the flaw in your theory and just because this ain't their 1st rodeo don't mean they ain't been cheating

  • Anonymous

    "To the other guy point is they didn't agree and still used his music. Daz will get a nice profit" I hate to break this to you but this happens all the time. Point is they offered him a fee and he declined. Of course they were going to still use it. All they have to say is these songs are all over the net for free as it is. And how can you determine how much using those two songs will factor into the sales? Realistically very little. Daz will get some money, but it won't be alot.

    • Anonymous

      ha, just said the same thing up above replier. Quote-Man, the OP, is one of these guys who rambles on trying to sound intelligent but doesn't know sh*t.

    • youyoungn'saredumbasfu

      Are you an idiot? Just because you can download music for free from illegal websites does not mean that you can use someone's intellectual property without permission. Daz will receive compensation from the thieves at Rockstar who have used his property illegally. Daz has done the right thing and got the law involved. The law states that you must agree to let your songs or material be used. $4000 is a slap in the face for a game that has sold over $1 billion dollars in total sales the first weekend alone.

  • Anonymous

    "He's not trying to win. I'm sure they will settle for an agreeable amount on both sides" Agreeable as in what, $5 million? lol

  • Anonymous

    Haha...what goes around comes around Daz. You gay ass thief. Daz and one of my friends Dura Hale made a song together around 10 years ago. It is on Dura Hale's album (check itunes). I was playing some car game after that album came out and heard that track on the game, minus Dura Hale. So he sold him a beat, featured on the track, then goes and makes a new track with the same beat and sells it to whatever game that was. You don't deserve a dime you scumbag thief.

    • Anonymous

      No dumbass, Daz came to Texas and sold the beat to Dura.

    • wowyouredumb

      Sounds like your friend sold Daz the beat. So what. Sounds like business to me. Jerk.

    • Anonymous

      Just found the song. It was on Saints Row, not a car game, haha. Song title "Git out my way". Listen to "Watchu need" on Dura's, "The Adventures of Dura Hale"....hmmm...sure sounds like the same beat you sold Dura. Karma's a bitch...

  • XDropBOMBSLikeNagasaki

    Man, some dudes straight killing me. That's why you guys will never get any money in life. Ready to bend over for corporations just cuz they got "billions" haha. Bunch of pussies. It's OBVIOUS Daz has control of the situation, in other words, Rockstar done already fucked up and put his music in without paying him. Of course the dude is gonna sue,idiots, it's his right, it's the LAW, they ROBBED him. They offered him 4k for two CLASSICS, fucking insulting to a legend like Daz, I could almost guarantee they did not attempt to lowball for Britney's GARBAGE, and that bitch been irrelevant for a minute now. There is NO "Daz, you can't win" He already has, it's now up to Rockstar to see how they wanna handle it. For you "smart" people, they can't just PATCH them out, the game sold with the songs in it, they're on the disk, people who don't connect to online have full access to them. Bunch of fanboy, dickriding, swag fags, Daz don't need exposure, respect the legend, Rockstar didn't, now they gonna pay(literally). And OF COURSE, It's for MONEY, when's the last time a settlement dealt in pounds of chocolate??? Bunch of morons. Daz is that Dude. Dogg Pound 4 Life...90's to early 2k WEST COAST FOR LIFE!!! FUCK ALL THE GAY SHIT! Deuces!!

    • Anonymous

      People need to actually pay more attention to what's going on here. Daz is upset they used "his" music without permission. Nobody even stops to pay attention that C-Walk is a Kurupt song, and Nothin But A Cavi Hit is a Dogg Pound & Mack 10 song. Daz is a dumbass.

    • Anonymous

      Put your pom pom's away and come back to reality. These songs are all over the internet for free. All the makers of the game have to say is they tried to reach out to him and offered him 4k, and he declined. What did he think was going to happen? They were going to graciously omit the songs? lol They have lawyers who will eat Daz's lawyers for breakfast.

  • dat faggot daz

    kurupt gave them permission so get fucked

  • Anonymous

    Grand Theft Auto V, Yo Pay up you debt you just lose that bet, Get that Money Daz

  • EVERYBODY!!!

    Do not check out the grandreport!!! My laptop copped a major trojan!!! Now i'm stuck on my tablet :(

  • Anonymous

    Should be grateful, most publicity he will ever get

  • DrebinSlevin

    The money he's spending on lawyers is probably worth more than what he and literally any other person with music in the game would be getting. Daz, you're not going to win a lawsuit against a company that made $1 billion in 3 days.

  • Anonymous

    Get your money Daz! Y'all need to checkout thegrandreport, they have good hip hop and viral videos on there

  • RGeezy

    I wouldn't take no 4g's either, that game has made enough money to compensate him properly.

  • Anonymous

    These big time video game makers don't care about you Daz. Fact is people probably steal your music 365 days a year. Do you look to sue them? You had no input on the making of this game. Granted, if they use a few of your songs then naturally you deserve something, so in that case you should have taken the original offer.

    • icanloveyourmomma

      People called thief's steal music everyday from the internet. It is hard to prove that an individual downloaded your music illegally. However when a company such as Rockstar steals your intellectual property and you can prove it there is a precedent for a lawsuit and a case. I bet Rockstar will wish they had never stole this mans property after the lawsuit.

    • Anonymous

      ^lol by and idiot huh? To the other guy point is they didn't agree and still used his music. Daz will get a nice profit.

    • Anonymous

      Spoken by and idiot!!!!

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