Shakur Suing Death Row

April 22, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Tupac's mom is gunning for Death Row. In the battle for slain rapper Tupac Shakur's estate, Afeni Shakur (the artist's mother) is suing Death Row Records, claiming that the label scammed her son out of millions of dollars. Two weeks ago, Death Row made a claim against Tupac's estate for $7.1 million, demanding reimbursement for cars, houses, jewelry, and other costs.

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