Old Slaves: Entertainers Who Signed Bad Record Deals

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After the formation of Ruthless Records (the record label that managed N.W.A.) by Eazy-E and N.W.A manager Jerry Heller, members of the iconic rap group immediately began voicing their displeasure with the management of their finances. Despite their unhappiness, all members went on to sign solo slave contracts with the record company – except Ice Cube, who’s departure from the group was the first nail in its coffin. Dr. Dre left soon after and went on to found Death Row Records – a rival to Ruthless Records – with Suge Knight.

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