Show Me The Money! Hip-Hop’s 10 Greatest Bidding Wars


The Situation: After catching DJ Kay Slay’s ear with his debut single, “Alphabetical Slaughter,” Pap signed to his Streetsweepers Entertainment label and released more than a dozen mixtapes between 2004 and 2006, making him the hottest free agent on the market.

The Decision: After several major labels showed interest in signing Pap, Jive Records stepped in and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse in August 2006: a record deal reportedly worth $1.5 million. He didn’t release an album through the label, though, and was dropped in September 2007.