News: Drake Cleans House, Fires Management Team, "He Just Felt Like There Were Too Many Hands In His Pockets"
Thursday, Dec 1, 2011 5:50PM
Young Money star Drake has decided to keep new company as new reports indicate he has decided to part ways with managers Gee Roberson, Al Branch, Kyambo Joshua and Bryant Cortez.
According to reports, Drizzy has sought out new management.
The "What's My Name" rapper also gave notice to his agents at International Creative Management including Dana Sims and Robert Gibbs, who were "panicked" yesterday about their outstanding deals with the chart topper. William Morris Endeavor agent Brent Smith's assistant confirmed that he has taken on the Cash Money artist. Smith also reps David Crosby, Snoop Dogg and Graham Nash. "Drake just felt like there were too many hands in his pockets," a source said. "He was getting pulled in too many different directions." Our source added there was conflict between the rapper's original management team in Canada and the ones he picked up along the way. "His team from Canada is trying to wrestle back control," a source said. "He may go back to them to streamline things." (New York Post)
Despite the New York Post's sources, additional reports claim Drake has only left International Creative Management.
Drake has parted ways with ICM but is still represented by Hip Hop Since 1978, despite a report claiming the contrary that appeared in the New York Post early today, a rep for William Morris Endeavor confirmed to Billboard.biz this afternoon. The report cited sources claiming that Drake had left his longtime management firm in an effort to consolidate all of his representation. However, a representative at WME did confirm that Drake will no longer be represented by International Creative Management in any capacity moving forward, adding that an official statement would be forthcoming. ICM also confirmed to Billboard that the firm will no longer represent Drake in domestic touring. (Billboard Biz)
In October, he made headlines for signing with talent agency William Morris.
Drake isn't just all talk either, as the rapper told MTV News that he recently partnered with talent agency William Morris to help resurrect his career in front of the camera. "We're just building up our relationship, so I'm excited to get back into it. I found a home and I feel very proud of where I'm at and I'm excited to move forward and start getting back out there, man," he admitted. "Whatever projects there are available, I'm down." (MTV)
Hip Hop Since 1978 is known for managing the careers of T.I., Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross.
Hip Hop Since 1978 (HHS78) is a management and production company based in New York City. It was started by G. Roberson and Kyambo Joshua. G. Roberson is the current CEO of Hip Hop Since 1978 and President of the rap division at Atlantic Records. Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua is the Co-CEO of Hip Hop Since 1978 and President of the Urban Division at Columbia Records. HHS78 has been involved in the daily operations of Roc-A-Fella Records since the label's inception in the early '90s. HHS78 originally signed Kanye West to their production and management company in 1998, and negotiated his signing to Roc-A-Fella Records. (Wikipedia)
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