Hip-hop superstar Sean “Diddy” Combs appears to be extending his reach throughout the rap community.
Billboard.com is citing sources close to the rap mogul who say that Diddy is now the manager of Miami emcee Rick Ross and the co-manager of Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj. Minaj fired her manager Debbie Antney last week.
The “Massive Attack” rapper reportedly sought out Lady GaGa’s manager Troy Carter, but was allegedly turned away because GaGa threatened to fire Carter if he took the job.
With Troy Carter out of the picture, insiders say Diddy and one of his own managers, James Cruz, reportedly stepped in and offered to manage Minaj together.
While Nicki Minaj’s decision to roll with Diddy may come as a surprise, Rick Ross’ move is somewhat expected. Ross and Diddy have maintained a close connection, and earlier this week he told a New York city radio host quote, “Big shout out to my brother Diddy. We have a big announcement to make real soon, so stay tuned for that.” Ross is also rumored to be writing for Diddy’s upcoming album “Last Train To Paris.”
Rick Ross will be dropping his own album later this year when he releases “Teflon Don.” Nicki Minaj’s still-untitled, debut album is also expected in stores in 2010.