Drake Still Managed By Hip Hop Since 1978, Contrary To Reports

UPDATE: Drizzy has severed ties with a different management company but remains with HHS1978.

Drake has reportedly fired his longtime managers Gee Roberson, Al Branch, Kyambo Joshua and Bryant Cortez of Hip Hop Since 1978, which also manages Kanye West and Nicki Minaj.

According to the NY Post, Drizzy also parted ways with his agents at International Creative Management, including Dana Sims and Robert Gibbs. Though it was unconfirmed by his agent, Drake has signed with William Morris Endeavor agent Brent Smith, who also reps Snoop Dogg.

“Drake just felt like there were too many hands in his pockets,” a source said. “He was getting pulled in too many different directions.”

The source also claims that there was a conflict between his original management team in Canada and more recent ones. "His team from Canada is trying to wrestle back control," continued the source. "He may go back to them to streamline things."

UPDATE: According to Billboard.biz, Drake is still signed with Hip Hop Since 1978 management. A rep from William Morris Endeavor confirmed that he has left longtime management firm International Creative Management to consolidate his representation.

RELATED: T.I. Signs With Hip-Hop Since 1978 Management

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87 Comments

  • Nik Thomas

    This a smart move, with moves like this you know he thinking about making sure he's not the next artist to get raped by their label. Cash Honey are known for ripping they artist off for being ignorant! Read about it!

  • jr88

    seems like drake and his team are scared...maybe thats why he seems to be acting like a tough guy lately but nobody is buying it....lol..esspecially after luda made his ass sit down ...lol

  • Knuckles

    Guess Drake found out how real Baby and Slim are. Silly canadian. Was gonna beat his ass half to death if he didn't keep that damn money making mouth in house with that nigga Cortez Bryant. Yeah. Sucks to be you, Drake. Literally.

    • Wow

      Baby had to remind him of the Vanilla Ice incident that Suge did......You better stay YMCMB or DIE.....damn Drake got Deebo'd

  • DRIZZYBITCH

    Drake>your favorite rapper... know how i know? all you "true hip hop fans barely comment on "true hip hop shit" posted... just came from a dj premier interview and shit had 7 comments and all you drake "haters" stay on dudes nuts posting on his shit everyday. NEW SCHOOL BITCH! KING OF MELODY!! DRIZZYDRAKE IN THIS BITCH!! YOU MAD CUZ HE A SINGER AND HE RAPS BETTA THAN YOUR FAVORITE RAPPER TOO!! AHHAHAHAHAA MOST VERSATILE ARTIST IN HIP HOP HISTORY IN TERMS OF VOCALS! AAAHHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAAHHAHAHA PUSSIESS!!!! HOW YA FEEL HOW YA FEEL HOW YA FEEL? 25 SITTIN ON 25 MILL!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

    • Chris

      lmao...dickrider

    • Boogie Down Bronx

      Ill use an old school line from NAS to reply to what I think of you new school disrespecting the old school OG's........."I embrace ya'll with napalm,blows up, no guts,left chest,face gone." Respect the Old School cause without the old...you punk motherfuckers would have your so called new school

    • EZ

      DAMN,YADIG is that your bitch ass again...it has to be cause I smell pussy again...still using Drake's nut for lip gloss I see.

  • Z Dub

    when I first read this it looked like a headline from The Onion lmao

  • BlueWorldOrder

    Fuck Drake and YMCMB.....Bunch of Faggits and a plastic barbie doll...washed up rappers and teeny pop pussies. Hope this niggaz next album flops....Cant stand that all he does is sing....Wayne dont talk about shit....I only respect real niggaz, real gangsta niggas, not this fake shit.....I will support my real niggaz like Jeezy,Gibbs,Jadakiss,Styles P,Nipsey Hustle,Scarface....those are real niggaz.

  • Whoreson

    I think if drake tries to leave YMCMB they gonna have that nigga murdered and make millions off his unreleased shit. That nigga baby is a street nigga just like suge. He will have one of them damus pop drakes yellow ass if he tried to leave them niggas!!

  • Whoreson

    Even though they not making noise that much Def Jam is still the best label ever in rap history! As far as drake goes, I fucks with dude. I consider his new album R&B though. I listen to that shit. I be with bitches. I dont mind chillin with a chick and poppin in that nigga CD or whatever..But overall Rap sucks.. Except for that Fat Joe Darkside 2. That is the hardest album on the face of the earth!!!

  • G Doe

    Ymcmb ? Better than any label in history? The label with a bunch of Fucken kids ? The label with the fag in tight pants and the other fag who sang his whole album? The label whose owner kisses men on the lips? The only thing good about ymcmb is nicki Minajs bomb ass either though she can't rap to save her life..in the end there is no best label in history cuz they all do The same shit take niggaz money fuck a label do it yourself

  • GOONTOAGOBLIN

    WE AINT GOING NOWHERE...WE ARE BETTER THAN ANY LABEL IN HISTORY. YMCMB>DEATH ROW/BAD BOY/RUFF RYDER/AFTERMATH/G-UNIT/CTE/DEF JAM/INTERSCOPE. JUST CANT STOP US.....AND OH YEAH....IM THE ORIGINAL YMCMB FAN....FUCK THESE TWO CLOWNS...YADIG...AND ...YESSIR...YALL SOME FAGGITS

    • YADIG

      YALL A BUNCH OF BITCHES.....NO MATTER WHAT YOU HATERS TRY>>>I WILL ALWAYS BE THE ORIGINAL YOUNG MONEY CASH MONEY NIGGA....FUCK YALL PUNK BITCH MADE MOTHERFUCKERS...YALL JUST MADE THAT REAL RECOGNIZES REAL......YALL MUST BE SOME OLD BITER ASS NIGGAZ....YALL MAD CAUSE YOUR ASS IS OLD

    • Stringer

      Lol at all the young money dicksuckers YADIG, Jason , YESSIR, wayne is lord. Bunch of homos sucking each other off wearing womans pants

    • NY

      Hahaha that made my day, you really think YMCMB are good? Cash Money is just a tool of Universal Music Group just to make money and what makes money, pop music which is why you can't even compare YMCMB to hip hop artists.

    • Jason

      Hhahahaha Fuck you cockbreath. I've been repping YMCMB since you was just a glint in my eye while I was rapin ya moms.

  • YESSIR

    HAHA HES STILL WITH WAYNE AND NICKI'S MANAGEMENT TEAM, CHECK THE UPDATE ! AND Y'ALL THOUGHT HE WAS TRYNNA MAKE POWER MOVES AND LEAVE THE CAMP LOL. YMCMBOVO GET USED TO IT VITCHES !

    • YESSIR

      DRAKE AINT LEAVING BABY DICK FOR NOTHING...ITS WAY TO BIG TO JUST HOP OFF OF,JUST LIKE I WONT EVER HOP OF WAYNE OR DRIZZY'S DICK

  • YADIG

    LIL WAYNE & DRAKE ARE THE BEST HIP-HOP DUO OF ALL TIME

  • YADIG

    SIKE!!!!! YOUNG MOOOOOOOOOOOOOLAH BABY!!

  • Tony Yayo Is Gay

    Nothing personal, just business. When you feel the way Drake did, everybodys hand in your pocket, then its time to move on. Its a smart move on his part.

  • YADIG

    OK, I ADMIT THAT I AM JUST A HATER, WHO ACTS LIKE I LIKE YMCMB. I THOUGHT THAT MAYBE I COULD MAKE THEIR RECORD SALES GO DOWN BY ACTING LIKE A LAME FAN. TO MY SURPRISE THEY ONLY GOT STRONGER AND SOLD MORE RECORDS, SO I FAILED.

  • Anonymous

    So I guess Wayne was talking about Drake last night on twitter. shit is about to hit the fan a real soon ... this can end up like Jay and Kanye or 50 and Game.

  • adam Wallach

    he know's whats good for him. he got that ovoxo brand up his sleeve for sure when he slides away from ym.

  • Anonymous

    Drake need to learn from everyone at Cash Money. Lil Wayne, being the only one that stayed, is arguably the most successful rapper out right now. Juvenile, left and is done. Manny Fresh left, his career is done. B.G left, his career is done. Lil Wayne stayed, and now look. Drake may want to reconsider leaving his home at cash money. The grass ain't always greener on the other side.

  • Anonymous

    He won't be as hot! Young Money is the hottest group out right now, thats why Khaled and Busta jumped on with YMCMB

  • YADIG

    IM INCREDIBLY UNFUNNY AND UNORIGINAL. MY DICK GETS BIG EVERY TIME I TROLL HIPHOPDX. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO ME BECAUSE NO ELSE IN MY LIFE DOES.

  • Anonymous

    Def Jam/IDJs Rihanna bows at #3 with 197k for her Talk That Talk album J Cole 200k Where would Drake go to????

  • Anonymous

    lmao that YA DIG idiot is too stupid to realize that Drake is seep rating himself from Young Money with this move. Wayne, nicki and Drake were all being managed by the same manager but Drake just fired them lol. Idiot.

  • YADIG

    "PUSSY GOOD AS BABY POWDER" - THE POET DWAYNE "LIL WAYNE' CARTER

  • YADIG

    GET USED TO IT FAGGOTS CUZ I AIN'T GOING ANYWHERE!! YOUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGG MOOOOOOOOOOOOLAH BABY!!

  • J.J.

    YADIG stay slurpin up young money dick.. It must taste good nigga cuz u keep going back for more... Chomping on Drake's dick.. getting buttfucked by wayne.. WERE SICK OF YOUR FAGGOT ASS STINKING UP THESE THREADS!

  • YADIG

    DRIZZY DO WHAT YOU DO YOUNGIN!!! YMCMB WE DA BIZNE$$!!

  • YADIG

    DRIZZY IS GETTING HIS SHIT IN ORDER!! FUCK THEM OTHER BIRD ASS NIGGAS!! DRIZZY GOT THIS!!!! YOUNG MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLAHHHHHHHHH BABYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

  • YADIG

    MY NIGGA DRIZZY'LL BE SOLID WITHOUT THEM!! FUCK ERRBODY ELSE NIGGA!!! YOUNG MONEY RUNS MUSIC!!

  • adam

    drake needs to be smart like curren$y (which im sure he is) and break off from ymcm immediatley. the game is so standardized these days, 'specialy under ym's terms. you see that nigga T-Streets they signed? probably not because they wont promote like...any one but hes still just some generic-as-fuck rando which just goes to show ym's whole scheme. Drake needs not to fall in that whole and be another swag fad...he has way to much talent. p.s. ymcm needs mannie fresh back quick if they dont wanna fall off like any other pop fad aswell.

  • Anonymous

    First of all I agree it is a conflicting situation. But hopefully this the first step to leaving young money. To me ymcmb doesn't give their artist any freedom. I don't give a fuck what Drake says to cover for him but that phonte collab falling through was all Lil waynes fault. We all know this. But if he's gonna continue to sing most of the time a new management team or label is gonna be able to help him out. Oh yea and to dude made the aryan nation comment about Vinny paz your an idiot. Im black and know that claim is just false and retarded

    • ilexx

      Exactly.... Wayne was on a track with Little Brother already so why would he stop Drake from doing that Collab!?!?!? Drake already answered the question about the Little Brother track anyway...... He said HE dropped the ball on that one. Why would anyone want Drake to leave YM? Dude is about to go Platinum in another two weeks.... He had the 3rd highest debut sales week of anybody this year.. YMCMB winning right now so I dunno how leaving would possibly be beneficial for him.

    • thought dog

      Dont blame Lil Wayne...Wayne was on a track with Little Brother so I highly doubt he could give two fucks if Drake wanted to do a track with Phonte. Blame Drake.

  • COLE WORLD - ALMOST GOLD

    IT ALL MAKES SENSE. DRAKE GONNA GIVE THEM ANOTHER ALBUM...AND TRUST HES GONNA BOUNCE!! ROC NATION WILL BE HIS NEW HOME BY THE END OF 2013

  • Mr Flamboyant

    Hopefully this sends him back to doing his music like it was before the mainstream releases. Hopefully this makes him more hip hop and R&B. And yeah... the Cortez nigga is a conflict of interest all day every day. And Hip Hop Since 1978 are nothing but vultures and nondescript niggas. Actually a good move by this emotional clown.

  • Geko

    They probably told him his sound was 2 depressing and didn't want 2 hear that/Playboy

  • Jason

    Awwww shit Drake goin hard. Muthafuckas betta watch out or Aubrey gon catch a body like that. Only thing smoother than Aubs's hands is the trigger action on that .44, nah mean. He'll take off ya top like Canada leaving NAFTA B.

  • Fossie

    I really dont give a fuck!!Wack rapper wack album wack manager.......Fuck all them!!

  • Anonymous

    i remember B.g saying the hot boys members all had the sam management thats why it was easy to jerk them. i bet tyga, lil twist and all the young rappers on that label have the same management team.

  • SATAN HIPHOP SINCE ENTERNITY

    THATS RIGHT DRAKE LET WAYNE AND BABY SET YOU UP LIKE THEY DID JUVI AND MANNIE WHEN YOU GET TO BIG ITS TIME TO FUCK YOUR SHIT UP

  • Anonymous

    isnt having cortez as your manager and being on young money a conflict of interest? its like an athlete having a agent who is best friend with the owner of the team hes signing with. but i think drake has a good head on his shoulder so he wont get jerked like the others. i saw the mannie fresh interview where he said drake personally called him and asked him permission to do "practice". he gave drake a # and he told he he deserves that. i sure baby and slim owns publishing on baack that ass up so drake didnt have to do that.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome. Drake is a smart dude who just made the best album of the year on the strength of his own mind. He should cut everyone off.

    • Come on son

      That Drake frisbee was garbage and you know it. It doesn't even belong on a hip-hop website.

    • Link

      The fact that you're feeling that Lupe shit disqualifies you from this Hip Hop orientated conversation... Drake's album is/was undeniably hotter than that bullshit and damn near everything else that came out this year. I never listened to Practice, but that doesn't make the overall album any less hot - every album has filler. Just that Lupe's past two projects have been completely filler material lol

    • bballslim42

      Best album of the year?? you are smokin' dust. Lupe's mixtape that dropped on thanksgiving was killin' that shit and it probably took Lupe a month or less to throw that together. And "on the strength of his own mind". Really he remade "Back that Ass Up" Bit like 4 Wayne rhymes on Underground Kings, and spend the rest of the album whining about success.

  • Anonymous

    IF HE FIRED CORTEZ BRYANT THAT MEANS HE'S PRETTY MUCH LEAVING YOUNG MONEY SOON. CORTEZ IS WAYNE'S BEST FRIEND.

    • ilexx

      All he did was fire HHS1978.... Cortez had worked out a deal with HHS1978 to split management duties of Lil Wayne back in 2008 between Bryant Management and HHS1978. So when Drake blew up at the end of that year and the beginning of 2009 Drake signed on to HHS1978 through Cortez. So just because Drake fired them doesnt mean he is one step closer to leaving YM... Drake already said thats NOT happening. HHS1978 has nothing to do with YM.... YM is the record label, this is just management. When Rihanna fired her management to take on Roc Nation as management did she leave Def Jam? No....... u fuckerz just reaching for something..

    • Anonymous

      ^^^ but Cortez Bryant was with Cash Money before he even joined HHS78. Check Wayne's old videos from way back, he was always with YMCMB first and foremost.

    • Anonymous

      are you retarded? cortez is part of hhs1978 a seperate company from YM. Drake didnt directly fire cortez, he fired the company hhs1978.

  • Truth to Power

    Jaz Prince just deserved a finder's fee and now his daddy got him thinking he deserves half of Drake's money. If Jaz is to smart, why hasn't he discovered a new star? What he did was no different from, someone calling their friend and telling him about a new artist. Cortez Bryant is Lil Wayne's best friend, so it's a conflict of interest for him rep Drake. Cortez and Wayne have been running game on Drake since day 1. Hip Hop since 1978 used to work for Jay Z and is still friends with him, so they're not looking out for Drake's best interest neither. Hip Hop since 1978 also rep Kanye and couldn't get Kanye to clear those samples for Drake's new album, which ended up pushing back the original release date. I'm glad Drake got rid of all those fakes. Now all he has to do is turn in one more album for YMCMB.

    • GRBY

      Preach! That is the scenario right there. I see Drizzy doing one more YMCMB album and then starting his own label. Drake has Jay-Z/Kanye/RZA - Wu-Tang type aspirations. He wants to be a Boss. His OVOXO brand is building and he will soon become one of most powerful people in Rap and R&B in due time. Drake is business savvy. This is the start of something bigger. Just watch ...

    • Anonymous

      that pretty much sums up the whole situation...good job

  • Anonymous

    I thought this management was top notch. Helping him move units even though people think he is extremely emo

  • Anonymous

    I dont know what any of this means. I do know after Nicki changed her management she turned into Justin Bieber. So maybe thats what this means.

  • Anonymous

    well i respect drake for his music(and people who are gonna hate, c'mon its different types of music between this and like jedi mind tricks. but i think he made a good decision. and we'll see how it turns out for him. good luck drake.

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