News: Drake's Rep Clears The Air On Management Situation
Friday, Dec 2, 2011 12:00PM
A day after Young Money's Drake had the Internet going nuts over reportedly firing his entire Hip Hop Since 1978 management team, one of the rapper's representatives has come forward to clarify his situation.
According to a William Morris Entertainment rep, Drizzy has only parted ways with International Creative Management (ICM).
"WME now represents Drake in all areas worldwide," a rep said in a statement. "Contrary to previous reports, there has been no change with Drake's management team, and he continues to be managed by Gee Roberson, Al Branch, Kyambo Joshua and Bryant Cortez of Hip Hop Since 1978." (AHH)
Yesterday, reports emerged online claiming Drizzy cleaned house.
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)
However, later reporting suggested he had only parted ways with ICM.
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 ICM also confirmed to Billboard that the firm will no longer represent Drake in domestic touring.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)
Check out some recent Drake footage below: