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Interview with DANIEL WEISMAN (part 1), head of Elitaste and manager for Mike Posner, Wale - Nov 21, 2011
”Despite having zero experience and no credentials I was somehow able to convince [Wale] to let me manage him.“
If it weren’t for the impossible competition of an early Christmas with Justin Bieber under the mistletoe, hip-hop artist Wale’s (US #2) sophomore album, ‘Ambition’, would have topped the Billboard 200 earlier this month. But with 165,000 sales in its first week, six times that of his debut, it’s still an impressive achievement and one that has delivered on the years of promise and expectation that the Washington D.C. artist has built up, and which reached boiling point over the summer when servers were crushed in a million-plus stampede to download the pre-album mixtape.
For the first of an exclusive two-part interview with Daniel Weisman, the original manager of Wale, current manager of Mike Posner, and founder of Elitaste and Likeit.fm, talks about his work in establishing the rapper, including facilitating a significant connection with Mark Ronson and pursuing the cool sneakerhead fans, and explains why a buzz is nothing without a hit record.
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