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Billboard has confirmed that the rapper parted ways with the agency and longtime representative Cara Lewis to sign with UTA for full representation across his varied business interests. West’s digital business and music will be handled by a cross-departmental team of agents at UTA.
“Kanye West has the utmost respect for Cara Lewis, and has had a close working relationship with her for many years,” a spokesperson for West tells Billboard. “The decision to change agencies is based on Kanye’s continuing desire to diversify and search for new opportunities.”
The New York-based Lewis has made a name for herself as the agent of note when it comes to hip-hop artists, having represented such hitmakers as Eminem, 50 Cent and Common, among others. She left WME in 2012 after a 23-year tenure to join CAA.
News of West’s exit was first reported by The Wrap.
11:35 am, March 26 Updated with statement from West rep.
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
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