Top 10 Rapper vs. Label Beefs – Tell ‘Em Why You Mad, Son
CLIPSE VS. JIVE RECORDS: 2004 – 2006
Caught up in the merger between Arista Records and Jive Records, Malice and Pusha T (originally signed to Star Trak/Arista) found themselves on Jive, while a majority of the Star Trak roster ended up on Interscope. The Virginia duo was soon at odds with Jive over the release of their sophomore album Hell Hath No Fury. Noticing that they were not a priority over the label’s pop acts like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Usher, they sued for their release. In the midst of the suit, the Clipse released their notable mixtape series, We Got It 4 Cheap, to keep their buzz alive.
Jive settled the lawsuit by agreeing to a distribution deal for the Clipse’s Re-up Gang imprint. Hell Hath No Fury was finally released in November 2006 to critical acclaim, but meek sales. The duo eventually left the label to sign a new deal with Columbia Records, while Pusha recently scored a solo deal with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music.