Young Money rapper Drake has severed all ties with Hip Hop Since 1978 managers Gee Roberson, Al Branch, Kyambo Joshua and Bryant Cortez, and is now being managed by William Morris Endeavor. Drake has also fired his booking agents International Creative Management.
As the NY Post Reports:
Drake is cleaning house. The 25-year-old Canadian-born rapper whose album “Take Care” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts last week fired his managers Gee Roberson, Al Branch, Kyambo Joshua and Bryant Cortez of Hip Hop Since 1978, the firm that also manages Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. 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.” A rep for Drake didn’t get back to us.
Hip Hop Since 1978 also manages Hip Hop heavyweights Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, T.I, Kanye West as well as other big names, and there have been rumors circulating that tension between Drake and Kanye West may be another reason for Drakes departure from the management company.