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, XXLMag.com 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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  • payjay08

    “It’s no games, just a Def Jam vendetta!”

    One of my favorite Joe lines came from his beef with Def Jam.

  • Quint

    Thank God for Dr. Dre’s rapper/label beef. If that wouldn’t of happen, hip-hop wouldn’t be the same. Ruthless records was obviously on some slick shit. I’m glad Lupe didn’t make the list even though I may have cared about him more than a few of these artists, like Charles Hamilton.

  • hong

    haha, puffy

  • iri

    where is DMX vs Def Jam ( Jay )? he had beef with Sony also

  • the game

    Oh because the Game vs Gunit wasnt only the biggest fucking label beef ever but the biggest beef ever gtfo xxl.

  • GIFT

    All I wanna know is, why did they not mention the story of UGK running up in Jive? Charles Hamilton? GTFOH, I tried listening to dude, and I still don’t get it. i can’t believe they didn’t speak on dipset, the cashmoney records beef between the artist. XXL need to step up the research.

    • Anonymous

      you dumb

  • Rehani

    was thinking the same damn thing! wheres UGK, THE GAME beef with G-unit, Cam’Ron and roc-a-fella, Nas & Sony, step ur research game up xxl..u get a m for this post..

  • Rehani

    oh yeh and DMX vs Def Jam, or even Mase and Bad boy(tho it wasnt so much a beef more like slavery) what happen at cash money seems a bit more interesting than some of the mentioned in this post..

  • Thieveland

    YOU FORGOT BONE THUGS VS RUTHLESS RECORDS. EAZY-E DIED IN MARCH OF 1995 LEAVING TOMICA WRIGHT (THE BLACK WIDOW) EAZYS WIFE HE MARRIED HER ON HIS DEATHBED, IN CHARGE OF RUTHLESS RECORDS. SHE STOLE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM BONE THUGS AND HELPED TO SEPERATE THEM AND RUIN THEIR CAREERS. THEY WERE STUCK TO A CONTRACT WITH RUTHLESS RECORDS UNTIL 2004.

  • Q461

    The lox and diddy was crazy…puff held dem niggaz hostage for too long…clipse was jerked around forever..same with buddens…Cube’s breakup with Ruthless was historical…And Saigon’s issues resulted in him maybe never dropping his debut, same with Charles Hamilton. That shit is unfortunate, throw Papoose in the same boat as Sai. Shoulda learned from the Clipe’s struggles with Jive.

    I woulda mentioned :

    Beanie Sigel vs Rocafella after the breakup
    Game vs G-unit
    Buck vs G-unit.

    Also probably half a dozen more niggaz beefin with Def Jam.

  • Fireforreal

    Really. No Snoop Dogg vs. Deathrow ? that shit went from 1998-2009 Snoop was getting jerked so cold he still never got his masters from back then and tons of doe. Oh yeah numerous death threats after he left the lable etc…..How did XXL miss this one ?

  • NKR

    Interscopilluminati made a mistake dropping Charles Hamilton….

    • http://www.ijustdream.blogspot.com Melvin Burch

      Co-sign.

      • http://aol.com Maximilian

        Co-Co-sign

        Charles is the BEST

        • Gregory

          Charles Hamilton is music. More people need to know who he is

  • CH-FAN

    XXL Fix this>>>> Why isnt “charles hamilton” listed as a TAG? XXL <<< Please fix/add.

    He defiantly earned his right to be on this list. I voted for him. Dude is 22 and has stood for more at 20 than most would at 40, ans speaks out truthfully about it while creating acceptable+enjoyable+alot of sraight fire with his lyrics and beats. Do you have enough space avilable on the HD for CH!

  • yodaIce

    Yeah put a tag for Charles Hamilton.

  • jacinto

    put a tag for Charles Hamilton. NOW!!!!

  • JayGee

    ^^^^ XXL What happened here?? ^^^^

    What month you giving Charles his cover ALONE? Step it up XXL.

    #1 with no Tag toooooooo.

  • Gkid12345

    Seriously Charles definitely deserves a solo cover. His fanbase is strong and dedicated and we deserve to have our idol shine

  • MYOB

    Still no tag for the “tell em why you madd” industry vs artist beef article lead place holder? Mabey XXL can explain why or how things like this happen. Something extra for an underdog/front runner TRUE MUSIC ARTIST to be mad at?

    GOOD LUCK CHARLES, we still hear your anyway THANKS to your passion and ability to still do what you do. Keep your head up!! Looking down as the industry(world) looks down on you is safe,you are so the person that when you look UP as the industry(world) looks up you can still be safe…YOU. Dont let em get to you, the reason why you mad is a few more pages of stipulation you will want in your next deal/contract. One day i will be able to not have to check the internet for your latest releases, i will be able to turn on the radio or tell a friend to play a track and your song to be one of them. I cant wait… till then…

    Starchasers/Hungerfighters/Faithheavers

    ~~Doing it the smarter way~~

  • brucefleeroy

    charles hamilton is crack.com

    creative muisc , dope lyrics and he has no tag and is no.1 lol… smh his fanbase is getting bigger