Second Time Around: Music Stars With Success at Different Labels

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  • 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
  • Michael Jackson
  • Ray Charles
  • Cam'ron
  • The LOX, Diddy, Swizz Beatz
  • Snoop
  • Janet Jackson
  • Common, No I.D.
  • Pharrell, N.E.R.D.


Nas released eight projects via Columbia, including his first, Illmatic, and it's followup, Stillmatic, which included the unforgettable Jay Z dis record "Ether." In 2006, however, he pulled a surprise move on everyone when he signed to Def Jam — where Jay was just named president — and came out with the slaughter, Hip Hop Is Dead and 2012's Life Is Good.

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