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Nicki Minaj Dumps Diddy and James Cruz, Hires Drake’s Manager

Nicki Minaj Fires Diddy and James Cruz
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Nicki Minaj has reportedly parted ways with managers Diddy and James Cruz. According to XXL, the rapper is now working with Gee Roberson and Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua at Hip-Hop Since 1978, which also steers the careers of Drake, Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy.

The reason for the split has not been confirmed, but rumor has it that Minaj wanted Diddy to be more hands-on with her career and was disappointed when her expectations were not met.

However, Roberson and Joshua have ties to Minaj’s rival. The pair previously worked at Atlantic Records, and served as A&R executives on Lil Kim‘s 2005 album ‘The Naked Truth,’ reports HipHop DX.

Prior to hiring Diddy and Cruz, Young Money’s First Lady was managed by Debra Antney (who happens to be the mother of rapper Waka Flocka Flame), but the working relationship came to an end when Minaj fired her in April 2010. At the time, a portion of the cease-and-desist letter was released online by Antney herself.

“She chose not to be with me,” Antney said in an interview with All Hip Hop. “That’s why I do s— on the handshake. People out there might say ,’That’s a sucker,’ but I’m not. That’s who I am. If you don’t want to be with me, you’re gone. You’re free. Do whatever it is you want to do. Goodbye.”

Watch Debra Antney Talk About Parting Ways With Nicki Minaj

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