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Just this week, both Bow Wow and DJ Khaled announced separately that their time on Cash Money Records had come to an end. That marks another chapter coming to a close in Cash Money's extensive, storied history, though both parties insisted that they left on good terms. That's not always been the case for Birdman's two-decade-plus tenure at the helm of one of the most influential companies in the history of hip-hop; over the years, the label has faced down lawsuits and beefs, accusations and controversies while still maintaining its place at the forefront of rap music.

While Lil Wayne's status with the only label he's ever known is still up in the air, plenty of rappers have made the break from Cash Money. Here are the reasons 27 artists have parted ways with Cash Money over the years. Cash Money is still a navy. —Dan Rys 

Photo Credit: Mike Schreiber

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B.G.

Signed: 1994
Left: 2001
Beef?: Yep
Reason For Leaving: B.G.'s story is one of triumph and despair, as his once-massive and growing career with the label was undermined by heroin abuse and contractual issues. B.G. left on so-so terms in 2001 to start his own label, Chopper City Records.

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Boo & Gotti

Signed: 2001
Left: 2003
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: Boo & Gotti were supposed to be part of the next generation of Cash Money after the dissolution of the Hot Boys, along with Mack 10 and TQ. But their only album for the label flopped hard and they left shortly afterwards.

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Bow Wow

Signed: 2009
Left: 2015
Beef?: Not at the end
Reason For Leaving: Bow Wow had been frustrated in the past, but the end of his Cash Money tenure seemed to be a desire to give the fans what they wanted. He insists that there was no drama, but you can decide for yourself.

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Busta Rhymes

Signed: 2011
Left: 2014
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: Creative differences and no hard feelings were the buzz terms when Bussa Buss left after less than three years with the label.

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DJ Khaled

Signed: 2010
Left: 2015
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: Khaled brought his We The Best Music Group over the YMCMB five years ago, but recently announced his affiliation with the label had been over "for a minute."

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Tha Dogg Pound

Signed: 2007
Left: 2007
Beef?: Unclear
Reason For Leaving: "Cash Money couldn't come up with the cash," was the official statement on the dissolution of the deal after only a matter of months.

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Gillie Da Kid

Signed: 2001
Left: 2004
Beef?: Oh yeah
Reason For Leaving: Allegations of ghostwriting, issues over publishing rights, an extensive beef with Lil Wayne, accusations against Birdman... The list really goes on and on.

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Jay Sean

Signed: 2009
Left: 2014
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: “I had and still maintain a great relationship with Slim and Baby,” he told Billboard. “They believed in me and my talent and our partnership obviously garnered a lot of pop success.”

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Juvenile

Signed: 1997
Left: 2001; again in 2005
Beef?: Yep
Reason For Leaving: It was money, money, money both times, as contractual disputes and royalty claims reared their ugly head despite the fact that Juvie was one of the label's flagship artists at that point. He had seemingly left for good in 2005, but found himself back in the Cash Money family this year.

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Keke Wyatt

Signed: 2004
Left: 2006
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: No album and a lot of buzz. In the end, it wasn't the right fit and she signed with TVT later on, saying that "conflicts with management" were to blame.

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Kilo G

Signed: 1991
Left: 1997
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: Cash Money's very first artist was a formidable voice in the horrorcore hip-hop genre that was far removed from the local New Orleans bounce of the time. But after two albums for the label, he was shot and killed in New Orleans at the age of 22.

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Lil Mo

Signed: 2004
Left: 2006-2007
Beef?: Unclear
Reason For Leaving: Lil Mo joined Cash Money with a lot of promise in 2004 and released a string of moderately successful singles, but her album was never released and she parted ways sometime after Hurricane Katrina.

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Lil Slim

Signed: 1993
Left: 1995
Beef?: Yep
Reason For Leaving: Slim dropped three albums in as many years for the label but was a victim of Baby's ruthless mid-1990s clearout after complaining of unfair royalty payments and contractual issues.

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Limp Bizkit

Signed: 2012
Left: 2014
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: Maybe Cash Money's most bizarre signing (or is that Paris Hilton?), Limp Bizkit briefly signed on the to label in 2012 before parting ways without dropping an album.

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Mack 10

Signed: 2001
Left: 2003
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: Mack 10 has maintained an unofficial affiliation with Cash Money over the years, but he left the label after one album to take his own imprint to Capitol.

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Magnolia Shorty

Signed: 1997
Left: Unclear
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: Magnolia Shorty was Cash Money's second female rapper who dropped her bounce debut in 1997. It's unclear when her affiliation officially ended—by the turn of the century, the label was down to a handful of artists—but she was tragically gunned down in New Orleans in 2010.

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Mannie Fresh

Signed: 1993
Left: 2005
Beef?: Yep
Reason For Leaving: Mannie Fresh was behind the boards for more than a decade on just about every single Cash Money project over the years, pioneering the label's hugely-influential sound. But while Fresh chalked his exit up to it being "time for [him] to grow up," he would later say that it was difficult for him to get royalties out of the label, with a lawsuit settled in 2006.

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Mr. Ivan

Signed: 1994
Left: 1996-1997
Beef?: Yep
Reason For Leaving: The masked MC was a label fixture for a few years during Cash Money's initial rise before contractual disputes led to a falling out.

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Ms. Tee

Signed: 1993
Left: 1997-ish
Beef?: Unclear
Reason For Leaving: Not much is known about Cash Money's very first female artist, but she's collaborated extensively with New Orleans MCs over the years after parting ways with the label towards the late 1990s.

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Mystikal

Signed: 2011
Left: 2014
Beef?: Not Exactly
Reason For Leaving: Mystikal made his name originally with No Limit Records, so it was a surprise of sorts when he signed on with Cash Money after his release from a lengthy prison stint. But things didn't work out, with the "Shake Ya Ass" MC saying he was "going a different route" with his music.

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Pimp Daddy

Signed: 1993
Left: 1994
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: Pimp Daddy was a local bounce artist before he signed on to the label, but things came to an end when he was shot and killed after just one album.

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PxMxWx

Signed: 1993
Left: 1997-ish
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: Victims of Baby's mid-1990s clearout of the label, despite enjoying success with Mannie Fresh's production backing.

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Teena Marie

Signed: 2002
Left: 2008
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: After a long hiatus from recording, the singer returned to the fold in 2002 and released two albums on Cash Money before her untimely death in 2010.

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TQ

Signed: 1999
Left: 2003
Beef?: Sort of
Reason For Leaving: TQ had some hits on the label but never actually dropped an album while signed. He wrote a lot of hooks and songs for the Big Tymers while there, but left due to the shakeups and the label's rap-oriented focus.

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Turk

Signed: 1996
Left: 2002
Beef?: Yep
Reason For Leaving: Turk jumped ship after the Hot Boys fell apart in the early 2000s to kickstart his career on Koch Records. His initial reasoning was that he moved "because I felt like the camp was broke up," but his 2015 lawsuit against the label alleges more money mismanagement.

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UNLV

Signed: 1993
Left: 1997
Beef?: Yep
Reason For Leaving: Five group albums and a solo effort from Tec-9 came crashing down after a dispute with Birdman led to rumors that Yella Boi had pistol whipped Baby and shot up his car. The truth never came out, but UNLV left the label and Yella Boi was gunned down in an apparent robbery gone bad in New Orleans. The surviving members would eventually settle on a royalty dispute in 2006.

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Young Buck

Signed: 1995
Left: 2000
Beef?: No
Reason For Leaving: Buck has never spoken ill of Cash Money and still supports both Baby and Wayne, despite their issues with each other. But he was down with Juvenile more often than not, and after Juvie fell out with the label Buck was scooped up by 50 Cent and G-Unit. The rest is history.

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