Producer Manager, E, of The Trafficker Management
Can you introduce yourself a bit and tell us what it is that you do and who you represent?
I go by the name of E. I own and run The Trafficker Management.
We manage several producers, most notably: MegaMan, Tommy Gunnz and Boi-1Da. We also manage one rapper, Richie Sosa.
What’s the big difference for you as a manager, representing producers vs representing artists?
I would say managing an artist is a bigger challenge then managing producers.
The reason I say that is; with an artist there are more politics involved. It’s a lot more work and it takes a lot of patience. When handling artists you are not just selling a sonic product but a visual one as well.
Remember, an artist’s career is a lot more complicated than that of a producer. With producers, if they are talented then their beats can be sold.
My theory, is a great record will always find a home, no matter if it is a unknown producer from England or Timbaland. But don’t get me wrong, I do believe producers have a certain image to uphold. I also believe they should be out and about making sure people put a face to their beats.
When I spoke with Bu the other day, he mentioned an upcoming video for Kardi‘s new single, “Dangerous” featuring Akon.
Well, here it is!
The video just dropped and it looks dope! I gotta give it up to Kardi, he’s been doing his thing for a minute and has been breaking barriers for Canadian artists for a long time now. It’s a real good look to see him with a team that can do him justice and hopefully bring him the attention that he deserves.
The video is packed with guest appearances. From first glance I notice DJ Khaled, Ray L, Solitair, Clinton Sparks, DJ Benny D, Bu, Supa Dups, Lindo P, DJ DOC, a noticeable placement by Married To The Mob and of course the gorgeous leading lady, who we’ll just call “Maxine” for now.
It’s 3am so I might be missing a few people, but if you notice someone else in the video, leave a comment below and I’ll add them in.
I first met Bu Thiam a few months back in Atlanta. After speaking to him for a bit and seeing the types of moves he was making, I immediately thought of featuring him when I first lauched the site.
As co-CEO of Konvict Muzik, Bu is definitely a mogul in the making.
During my discussion with Bu, we spoke about his entry into the game, career aspirations and the rumours of Akon‘s country album.
Oh yeah, if you’re thinking he looks familiar, that’s because he’s also Akon’s brother. But don’t think he got his position just because of that. Bu makes his own moves and is steadily rising as one of the music game’s biggest executives.
Finally! For all the dancehall fiends, Black Chiney finally blessed us with another mixtape after nearly 4 years.
But don’t think they’ve been sleeping. I was talking with my man Supa Dups (Black Chiney’s founding member/producer) last night and the list of production credits he’s building is incredible: Nina Sky, Kardinal Offishall, Collie Buddz, Akon, Pussycat Dolls, John Legend… the list goes on.
If you’re not familiar with Black Chiney mixtapes, they are an incredible blend of dancehall and hip-hop featuring members Supa Dups, Bobby Chin, Willy Chin and Walshy Killa.
Black Chiney Vol 8.9 features Buju Banton, Kardinal Offishall, Shawty Lo, Elephant Man, Kanye West, Swizz Beats, Mavado, Jay-Z , Munga, Busy Signal, Leftside and Snoop Dogg.
Pay attention to the names Supa Dups and Black Chiney; as you’ll continue to see more and more from this crew.
Click here to download the new Black Chiney vol 8.9