Rapper Snoop Dogg is being sued for using the voice of an associate on his new album without permission.

The hip-hop star, along with music labels PRIORITY RECORDS, CAPITOL RECORDS and DOGGYSTLE RECORDS, were named as defendants in a lawsuit filed in LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT on Tuesday (25MAR03).

The lawsuit alleges that Snoop Dogg used a message left on his answering machine on the song PIMP SLAPP'D - which appears on his latest album, PAID THAT COST TO BE THA BOSS - without the plaintiff's permission.

The plaintiff has kept his identity a secret in the legal proceedings for safety concerns, but on the message he left on Snoop Dogg's answering machine last October (02) he uses his nickname, JIM BOB.

The message stated Jim Bob's support for the GIN AND JUICE star in his on-going rivalry with rap mogul Suge Knight.

Jim Bob has allegedly been threatened since the release of Snoop Dogg's album in November (02), and he fears for his safety and that of his elderly mother - since he resides in Knight's hometown of Compton, California.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff is suing for appropriation of voice and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The plaintiff wants his voice removed from all copies of the single and album, plus unspecified damages.