You're Fired: Musicians Who Got the Boot

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  • Naught By Nature
  • Florence Ballard
  • David Ruffin
  • Alfamega
  • Public Enemy
  • Kate Schellenbach
  • D. Woods and Aubrey O'Day
  • Game
  • Young Buck
  • DJ Lethal
  • Waka Flocka Flame

David Ruffin

Similar to Ballard and the Supremes, David Ruffin was exiled from the Temptations due to a mix of substance abuse — cocaine, in his case — and repeated clashes with the rest of the group over finances and the spotlight. The last straw, though, was when Ruffin missed a Temptations show in June 1968 to catch a performance by his girlfriend.

(Photo: Detroit Free Press/MCT /Landov)

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