Dr. Dre has reportedly lost a $3 million lawsuit against his former label Death Row Records, in which he was seeking unpaid royalties.

The rapper had already successfully sued the record label in 2010, claiming that he had not been paid royalties on his album The Chronic since 1996. Earlier this year, it was reported that he was taking them to court again, this time looking for a total of $3 million in mechanical royalties, digital sales and bonus pays. According to TMZ, however, the lawsuit has now been thrown out by the judge handling the case, who ruled in favour of Death Row.

A bankruptcy trustee working for the record label reportedly filed to have the case dismissed, arguing that the statute of limitations for further proceedings had run out since Dre's previous lawsuit.

It's probably not such a big deal for the rapper, who is on his way to becoming hip-hop's first billionaire and making another $800mil from a potential acquisition of the Beats brand by tech giant Apple.

Source: Pitchfork