Can’t stop, won’t stop. Diddy’s famous motto couldn’t ring more true, as Billboard reported earlier today (April 15) that the 40-year-old Bad Boy mogul has added another title to his resume: co-manager of both Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj.
An anonymous source close to Mr. Sean Combs confirmed the development with the music industry magazine, saying that Diddy and his own personal manager James Cruz will now be handling Nicki’s career. When contacted by XXLMag.com Cruz had no comment.
XXL’s latest cover star recently fired her old manager, Debra Antney of Mizay Entertainment. Antney, who also reps Gucci Mane as well as her son Waka Flocka Flame, confirmed the Queens rapper severing ties with her in a statement.
“I received a letter, which was [a] suspension,” she said. “The next letter that came in was a cease and desist in doing all business with Nicki Minaj from Nicki’s attorney,” she explained. “I love Nicki. I wish her the most success. It’s not about the music, she’s like one of my children… I wish her no harm, only much success”
Billboard reports that Minaj originally tried to sign with Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter, but when the pop star threatened to leave Carter if he took her as a client, he backed off.
As far as Ross and Diddy’s newfound relationship, the two have appeared on several tracks together in the last few months, including the remixes to Diddy’s songs, “Angels,” and “Hello Good Morning” with T.I. as well as the remix to Waka’s hit “O Let’s Do It.” They have also joined each other on numerous occasions including Puff’s party on the anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s death in Brooklyn last month.
Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as this story develops.—Elan Mancini