Though it isn’t as publicized as it should be, ‘Practice‘ Rapper Drake is one of the US’ Top 5 mega sellers– holding more commercial value than acts afforded more press coverage than him.
So, it came as a surprise to many when reports emerged suggesting a rift between he and his Young Money bosses, Lil Wayne and Birdman, over capital owed but not paid to him- prompting rumors that he was to leave the Hip Hop music group.
This week, those reports have intensified.
Find out why below…
Two weeks ago, fans of the ‘HYFR’ star welcomed the news that he had inked a deal with Warner Music to launch his very own record label, billed ‘October’s Very Own‘. Interesting, considering his current deal at Young Money sees him sit under Universal‘s umbrella, prompting many to ask why he took his business to one of its strongest competitors- which houses Rick Ross‘ ‘Maybach Music‘.
Well, if an article unveiled by The New York Post is anything to go by, his puzzling isn’t so puzzling at all- as it marks the first step in him leaving ‘Money’ and signing with Warner‘s former CEO Lyor Cohen and his new business partner, Irv Gotti.
“Former Warner Music Group honcho Lyor Cohenhas found his first partner in a yet-to-be- announced talent management firm — and sources say he’s brought aboard Irv Gotti, the former head of record label The Inc. who discovered acts including Ja Ruleand Ashanti.
We further hear that Gotti is aiming to advise rapper Drake while Cohen, as Page Six previously reported, has been giving career advice to Kanye West.
“If Lyor and Irv do work together, it’s possible they’ll have two of the biggest hip-hop stars under their management,” said a music insider after a photo showing Drake and Gotti meeting together appeared online.”
If accurate, this move would see Drake severe ties with the manager he shares with Wayne- Cortez Bryant– and bring on Gotti as his manager. A move, that would give fans no choice but to admit his days at Young Money are numbered despite denying reports of his exit following the unearthing of these court documents.
Despite what your daily dose of bullshit may lead you to believe. I am forever about this Young Money team.
— Drizzy (@Drake) August 2, 2012