Snoop Dogg has been accused of holding back more than $1 million (GBP625,000) in royalties from his proteges THA EASTSIDAZ.

The members of the rap collective claim that after they hired accounting firm MOSS ADAMS LLP - the same company which Snoop uses - they discovered they were owed a fortune from royalties on two platinum-selling DEATH ROW albums.

BIG TRAY DEE says, "I won't allow nobody to take my hard earned money. If you want to take something, let's go head up and winner take all."

The rappers say they were given a royalty rate of two per cent and when they confronted Snoop about the unpaid money. He allegedly claimed that no money was made on their self-titled debut and the follow up, DUCES 'N' TRAYZ...THE OLD FASHIONED WAY.

After the audit, The Eastsidaz allege they found that Snoop had charged them $142,000 (GBP88,750) for two gold chains worn during the G'D UP music video. The group claims the chains were gifts and that ten other people were given chains as well.

The Eastsidaz say they met with Snoop in 2001 at his DOGG HOUSE STUDIO where he promised to give them their own record label - TVT RECORDS - to release their third album and that he would contribute three songs to the project at no cost.

The Eastsidaz say they are still waiting for Snoop to honour his vow.

Tray Dee also says he went to Snoop's house to return the gold chains and to again ask for the money earlier this month (OCT03).

But, he claims, "Snoop ran out the back door, hopped the fence, fell, busted his lip and ran into the mountains. The security guards opened fire on Tray Dee and left the premises before police could arrive, leaving Snoop alone on the mountain.

"Let's show the fans who you really are. Quit running like a coward behind your security."

28/10/2003 21:12