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Just when you thought the drama between former Roc-A-Fella engineer Chauncey Mahan and Jay Z had died down, the lawsuit paperwork has been filed.

To briefly recap: Mahan was accused of trying to extort and hoard master recordings from the glory days of Roc-A-Fella and even had his name dragged through the mud by Just Blaze.

He then spoke to Hip-Hop Wired to clear his name and even offered us visual proof that Def Jam A&R Lenny S. acknowledged his innocence.

Now in a complete 180°, he’s getting the courts involved to claim what he feels is rightfully his.

Via TMZ:

Chauncey Mahan claims in a new lawsuit — obtained by TMZ — he was the sound engineer who was one of the first masters of Pro Tools production software and was instrumental in creating the sound for a number of Roc-A-Fella’s biggest releases, including The Life and Times of S. Carter and The Dynasty album.

TMZ broke the story … Jay Z and Roc Nation filed an extortion police report earlier this year, claiming Chauncey was holding boxes of master recordings hostage … demanding $100,000 for the music.

Jay Z set up a sting operation where his people met Chancey at a storage facility in the San Fernando Valley, and unbeknownst to him the LAPD was there and seized the boxes. Cops still have them.

Chauncey now wants a judge to say he was so essential to the creation of the music … he’s a co-owner of the copyright. As such, it would give him the right to get the masters back.

It’s interesting … Jay Z and Roc Nation dropped their extortion complaint against Chauncey.

Let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comment section below. A settlement or struggle; this case could go either way.

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