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Going Solo: When Hip Hop Artists Leave Their Groups

August 3rd, 2011

Rap groups often refer to themselves as families what is often the case is that the group members are friends or family before they became a hip-hop act. Newer labels like Maybach Music, Young Money Cash Money Billionaires, G.O.O.D Music, and Roc Nation seem to operate like family or maybe more like a fraternity. But when it comes down to it – its all business and these groups or labels are about making music that makes money. Here are some of the rappers who left their groups and went solo.

Casey Veggies – OFWGKTA

There’s not a lot of clarification of why or how this went down but Casey Veggies definitely left Odd Future. He has said that he wanted to do his own thing and didn’t want to just be a part of OFWGKTA. We’ll see how this turns out.

Casey Veggies “Ridin’ Roun Town”

J. Dilla – Slum Village

Hip hop group Slum Village was formed in 1996 by childhood friends J.Dilla, Baatin, and T3. J. Dilla left the group after their first album in 2002 to pursue a solo career through MCA Records.

J.Dilla “Pause”

Q-Tip – A Tribe Called Quest

Q-Tip didn’t exactly leave A Tribe Called Quest but he definitely orchestrated their split. Q-Tip released a solo album, ‘Amplified’, about a year later.

Q-Tip “Vivrant Thing”

Lil Wayne – Hot Boys

Lil Wayne was signed to Cash Money at the ripe age of nine years old. In 1997 he join the rap group Hot Boys which also featured Juvenile, B.G and Turk. Wayne left the group in 2002 to pursue a solo career. And obviously that’s worked out very well for him.

Lil’ Wayne ft. B.G. & Juvenile “Tha Block Is Hot”

Cee-lo – Goodie Mob

Cee-Lo Green left Goodie Mob after their 1999 flop ‘World Party’ which, subsequently, lead to their release from their label. Recently, Cee-Lo has said he will be re-uniting with Goodie Mob to record another album titled, ‘We Sell Drugs Too’.

Cee -Lo “Closet Freak”

Rakim – Eric B. & Rakim

Rakim of Eric B. & Rakim left Eric B. behind to pursue a solo career. After ‘Don’t Sweat the Technique” in 1992 Rakim left MCA Records. However, Eric B. didn’t let Rakim out of his contract that easy. Rakim eventually won the legal battles and went onto produce 3 solo records.

Rakim “When I B On Tha Mic”

Pusha T – Clipse

Push T was literally working with family when he was making Clipse records with his brother Malice. They haven’t officially called it quits but while he’s not making records with his brother as Clipse and signing by himself with G.O.O.D. Music it’s pretty clear what’s going on.

Pusha T “My God

Ice Cube – N.W.A.

Ice Cube actually left a group called C.I.A. to join N.W.A. in 1987. After writing move of Eazy-E and Dr. Dre’s rhymes, Ice Cube realized he could go out into the music world alone and left N.W.A in 1989.

Ice Cube “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted”

-E. McKay

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