9 Disgruntled Rapper Fallouts – Who’s Better Off as a Solo Artist?

Why can’t we all just get along?

It’s a simple question with an intricate answer. Even the closest of friends sometimes get in fights, but they often find ways to make up. In hip-hop, though, when group members beef with former comrades or bosses, it’s usually only for a handful of reasons: money, respect, and the occasional “creative differences.”

Recently, Slo Down, the masked mascot member of the St. Lunatics, came out complaining about the way he was treated within the group, saying that when it came time to split the money, Nelly would get half and he wouldn’t be included in the rest of the split. Slo isn’t the first dude to take issue with his treatment by a former friend. Here are nine artists who fell out with their respective camps and how they bounced back (or didn’t).

1) YOUNG BUCK (G-UNIT)
After reported tensions surrounding Young Buck within G-Unit for a few months, the Tennessee native was officially dismissed by The General. 50 called in to New York’s Hot 97 and let the world, and Buck, know where the Southern MC stood in the group—which was, well, nowhere. “You can look at it and see that’s Game all the way,” said Fif. “I was giving [Buck] a chance, giving him the benefit of the doubt [to remain with the group]. You can take this as an official notice right here. Pretty much you can say: Young Buck is no longer in the group G-Unit, but signed to G-Unit as a solo artist.” Not long after, 50 leaked a now infamous phone conversation between himself and Buck, during which it was revealed that Buck owed money to his boss. Oh, and he did some crying and pleading.

After the Fact: Buck has released a few diss records, but nothing that has proved to shake 50 (surprised?). His third solo album, and first since the fallout, is yet to be released.

2) GAME (G-UNIT)
After connecting to help Game have major success on his early singles from his debut album, The Documentary, 50 Cent and the Compton native were soon embroiled in an intense war of words. 50 was feuding with Fat Joe and Jadakiss for teaming up with Ja Rule on 2005’s “New York.” When 50 felt Game didn’t step up enough to ride for his G-Unit brethren, he kicked the West Coast member out of the group. There were plenty of words, diss songs, a press conference to attempt to bring the feud to a halt, and more diss songs. How quickly friends can become enemies.

After the Fact: Game has dropped two successful albums and a number of mixtapes. He is currently readying the release of his fourth solo project, The R.E.D. Album.

  • mB

    Game is definitely tha most successful

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      I VOTED FOR SLO DOWN LMAO!!!!

  • BeerGangsta

    Fuck G-Unot!! Game doing good by hisself. Hot mixtape!! Buck need help. He is on the that shit. Stop hating yourself!! Stop crying like a bitch!! You are a man stand on your own 2 feet. IRS got that azz know. Buck is shoot to the curve. I still remember when he call 50 cent crying like a bitch. The shit was embrassing!!

    • YoMomma

      Still with that G-unot Ha ???

      Shit is getting old bro… let it go

  • Hussle’s Way

    Definitely Game. That nigga was smart..cuz he just sold 5 millions fuckin records. Even if he lost lets say 1-2 millions fans (G-Unit fans) after the beef, he still had some fans, so his career was straight

    Buck is definitely the dumbest. 50 owns your fuckin paperworks nigga. SMH (I still fuckz with Buck)

  • Curtis75Black

    How can you go back to P.E. and Griff and not mention ICE CUBE and NWA ? Just wondering…..

    • http://jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

      That was the biggest, most controversal split in Hip-Hop!! Hell yeah, I’d vote for Cube if it was up there.

  • AO

    Curtis75Black makes a good point?

  • W. J. Rice

    Your post on U God makes it seem like he’s beefing with Wu-Tang/RZA. U God didn’t appear on CL2 because he was “killed” on the first record according to Raekwon. U God did appear on Wu-Tang Clan’s Chamber Music, 8 Diagrams, RZA’s Digi Snacks on a remix, and Raekwon, GZA, and Method all appeared on his recent record Dopium.

    He’s kind of an oddity on the list given the fact that unlike all the others, he has never parted ways.

    • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

      Exactly. And his last cd, Dopium, if he would of taken the remixes off (i saw no point to them), the album would of been a little bit more hard body! But as far as the most success, that would be Game. But i don’t think U-God should of really been in that listing.

  • gaddic

    easily
    The Game
    he is a bi-polar faggot to some but he can rap and has considerable talent

  • Q461

    Def Game…but there ain’t much comp on this list..Bucks going nowhere fast…Professor Griff is not relevant…Cuban Link like the rest of Terror Squad ain’t doin nada…U-God is still Wutang… J- Hood shoulda stayed with D-Block he’s a nobody…Bishop Lamont wasn’t never gonna drop with Dre anyways..Beans aint really leave anyone the Roc just split up…And Juve has had a long career… I don’t think leaving Cash Money has anything to do with him fallin off a bit in popularity, its the nature of hip-hop.

    All in all, the homey Game has had the most success since leaving/getting kicked out the Unit…

  • Q!thaGreat!

    honestly … really …. this list does not tell the tale. There is one person that broke up with a group and became a force in hip-hop, one of the greatest MC’s of all time, influences all the music that is heard today ….. ICE CUBE! the dude is the most successfull person to part ways with a group and surpass anyones expectations. dude is double decades in the game. Still penning some of the best lyrics, producing, acting and directing movies, TV shows! dude made himself a household name and your favorite rapper’s rapper will tell u Ice Cube is a certified music Icon.

  • ladidadida

    he may have been with the label but juve and cmb split ties personally a while ago he dropped rodeo in like 06 or 07 and that was a hit without cash money…….. and that game questions lame bcuz hes made his career from that split, he should be held in the same light of a u-god, cl, or j-hood situation

  • cardinalsinner

    this list is bulshit & da xxl staff that wrote this shit must have come into rap around da time dre was dropping 2001 because they dont know history…how u leave off cube & nwa? u fuckin hack of a staff at xxl u ever hear of EPMD & their split? so yall gots to chill with ur bulshit surveys

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Another big one that got left off that list was 2pac, he was in Digital Underground and left to start a career as a solo artist and became a legend. I agree totally on the ICE CUBE tip.

  • Anonymous

    Though Pac wasnt actually disgruntled.

  • 3263

    B.G. split from Cash Money>>>>Juvie’s split from Cash Money…I’m just saying!!

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    U-God didn’t split with Wu-Tang. The reason he wasn’t on OB4CL2 was that it continued the “story” of the first album and U-God’s character was killed off at the start of the Purple Tape. It’d be like Sonny Corleone being in Godfather III.

  • peats

    wouldnt it be kind of obvious who would win the better solo artist, if Ice Cube was on that list, no?

  • El Tico Loco

    You already dropped the ball with Cube but, yo where’s Busta? Amil? Everybody that used to be on Three 6? Diamond from Crime Mob? Crime Mob? lol.

  • pap-game

    Game Is The Best Naw

    BRake Lights!!!!! Is dope

    • General

      That Brake Lights is ridiculous…

  • tommy gunz

    game is an on again off again bipolar faggot but he can spit and is image conscious enough to still sell records on par w/ a rickycop.

    btw that brake lights is not ridiculous

    but its above average

    red room>>>>

  • Kenny D

    I think the reason why Cube isn’t on the list is cuz of the list of artist that followed Cube, not to mention NWA doesn’t exist at all anymore. I guess you would put Cube at #1 if NWA still existed, but almost all the artist went their separate ways. That’s why I debate putting Beanie on the list. Anyways, I agree that Game is the most successful artist to break up from a group.

  • Young Grind

    Na Kenny D, Cube ranks #1 my g.

  • Anonymous

    i know im late to the party but it seems like everybody forgot about pete rock and c.l. smooth

  • crim6rapp

    what about JEEZY leaving BOYZ N DA HOOD?