Second Time Around: Music Stars With Success at Different Labels

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  • Michael Jackson
  • Ray Charles
  • Cam'ron
  • The LOX, Diddy, Swizz Beatz
  • Snoop
  • Janet Jackson
  • Common, No I.D.
  • Pharrell, N.E.R.D.
  • Busta Rhymes, Leaders of the New School, Dr. Dre, Birdman, Dr. Dre, Clive Davis
  • Jay Z
  • Nas, Jay Z
  • 8 Ball, MJG, Diddy, T.I., Puff Daddy
  • Mariah Carey
  • Mobb Deep, 50 Cent


After commercial success with Bad Boy Records, The LOX decided it was time for a change. The Yonkers trio wanted to sign to Ruff Ryders, the label that was already managing them, but Sean "Puffy" Combs wouldn't let them out of their contract. So, they went guerilla — sporting "Free The LOX" T-shirts and going on the radio, rallying fan support. Puff eventually gave in and they recorded We Are the Streets with a Swizzy-produced "Wild Out."

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