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Top 10 Rapper vs. Label Beefs – Tell ‘Em Why You Mad, Son

An artist dispute with a record label is nothing new to music biz. It’s par for the course, as some of the biggest names in music have had very public disputes with their employers, but rappers tend to handle their squabbles with their employer a bit differently than other entertainers. We’ve all heard of the stories of MC So-And-So running up to the label threatening the record executives to gain the upper hand in negotiations. But, for the most part, things are handled in a non-violent manner through diss records, lawsuits, or the old fashion silent protest.

No new music until I get my way.

With the recent flare up between Nas and Def Jam Records and the running drama between Lupe Fiasco and Atlantic Records, decided to take a look back at some of the more memorable confrontations between artists and their labels. While no rapper has gone as far as changing his/her name to a sign in protest of a label, there have been some career changing moments to speak of in these very public disputes. This could have gone on forever, so we capped the list at 10.

Tell ’em why you mad, son…


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