Following a twelve-month legal battle with sound engineer Chauncey Mahan, Jay Z is now the rightful owner of Vol. 3...The Life and Times of S. Carter and The Dynasty's masters. The legal process, which has now come to an end, began with a claim made by Mahan saying he was the co-author of 41 songs in Hov's catalog, which resulted in him trying to get $100,000 out of the rapper.

The case was filed after Mahan was accused of retaining masters, outtakes, and other session material more than ten years after the recording of Vol. 3...The Life and Times of S. Carter.

U.S. District Judge in New York ruled in Jay Z's and Roc Nation's favour, saying Mahan had reasonable notice that "royalties were owed to him in this situation," and that he waited too long to bring the case to court.