Year: 2004
Original Label: Cash Money
New Label: Atlantic

Why They Left: "My reason [to leave Cash Money] is the same reason most artists leave their label: money." So said Juvenile in our interview late last year with the legendary New Orleans rapper. Once Juvenile connected with an entertainment lawyer, he claimed that Cash Money wasn't paying him what he was due; he sued for the money, and was victorious in court, but it precipitated the end of his relationship with the label.

Career After The Left: After Juvenile left Cash Money, his career wasn't quite the same. "I wanted $4 million. I didn't want to go to trial, but they felt like they didn't owe me anything. That $4 million wound up going to $11 million. Of course I didn't get all with court fees and lawyer fees, but it put me through the ringer where I didn't want to do anymore business again." His first post-Cash Money release, Reality Check, dropped three years after his final record with Cash Money on Atlantic. It went gold, hitting No. 1 on the charts, but that was a far cry from sales in his late '90s heyday. His albums since that time have failed to gain much traction. In a statement he released after our interview ran, however, the rapper indicated that he and Cash Money had made amends, and were again collaborating.