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Jay Z's former engineer suing over seized master recordings

LAPD still holding songs from 'Dynasty' and more.

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Not all that glitters is gold. Though Chauncey Mahan may have served as a studio engineer for Jay Z back in the day, the man insists that he is the rightful owner of many of the rapper's classic recordings that are still being held by the Los Angeles Police Department, and is now suing several parties for proper compensation, according to TMZ.

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Back in 2014, Mahan sued Jay over the masters of his Life and Times of S. Carter and The Dynasty albums, seeking author credit on 45 songs. Jay won the lawsuit. But Mahan claims that Jay Z's attorneys told cops the tapes were stolen property and part of an extortion plot that Mahan was later named in. Subsequently, Los Angeles cops seized the tapes, which were recorded in New York’s Baseline Studios, from Mahan’s storage facility.

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So Mahan is now suing Roc Nation's lawyers for $80 million, the LAPD for $10 million, the NYPD for $10 million and Baseline's owner for $20 million.

Ha! Good luck, bro.

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