Don't Label Me: Artists Beefin' With Their Record Labels

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  • LL Cool J
  • Ice Cube
  • Teen Marie
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • GZA, Wu-Tang Clan
  • Joe Budden
  • Lil' Kim
  • Ciara
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Azealia Banks
  • Ma$e, Diddy, 50 Cent
  • Toni Braxton
  • Childish Gambino
  • Young Jeezy, L.A. Reid, Shakir Stewart
  • M.I.A.
  • Christina Milian, Rihanna
  • Cam'ron
  • Max B, Jim Jones
  • Daz Dillinger, Suge Knight
  • Freddie Gibbs, Young Jeezy
  • Curren$y, Damon Dash
  • Young Buck, 50 Cent, Game, G-Unit
  • DMX, Jay Z
  • Juvenile
  • Game, 50 Cent
  • Mannie Fresh, Birdman
  • Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Eazy-E
  • 50 Cent
  • The Lox, Diddy, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss
  • Shyne, Diddy
  • Snoop, Suge Knight
  • Michael Jackson, Al Sharpton, Tommy Mottola
  • Prince

Teena Marie vs. Motown

Few people are aware of just how Teena Marie's case against Motown Records set new precedent in the industry. In 1981, the singer got into a legal battle with Motown about the label not releasing new material. Teena prevailed in court. "The Brockert Initiative" (named so in her honor — Marie's birth name is Mary Christine Brockert) now makes it illegal for a record company to keep an artist under contract without releasing new material for that artist.

(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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