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10 Rappers Who Gained Independence From Their Record Label – VIBE.com

For Americans, a date on the calendar that holds significance is July 4 – the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the creation of the United States as we know it. Every year, Americans of all creeds and colors celebrate this historic moment in American history with various festivities. From barbecues to fireworks, many give thanks for the freedoms we can have through the sacrifices and bravery of those who came before us.

In the history of hip-hop, independence has been fought and sought by many creatives over the years. Having agency and control over one’s career and art is key to achieving fulfillment as an artist and integral to being able to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor. Yet, due to the draconian nature of the music industry and contractual agreements, this freedom has been difficult to achieve. Many artists have neither the means nor the will to break their restrictive relationships with their record labels, which leaves some of the most talented artists of all time languishing in purgatory. However, there have also been many occasions when an artist or band has been able to weather the storm and break free from their label – a watershed moment and a testament to the sweetness of creative empowerment.

As the country celebrates the spirit of independence, VIBE decided to commemorate the occasion by highlighting ten rap groups who achieved their own independence from record labels at key points in their careers. .