every emerging rap star has a constellation of adults surrounding him—managers, a&rs, family members, and hangers-on, who are tasked with attempting to mold, shape, and manage their unruliest impulses all of them are getting a percentage, and it is in their best interest to maximize the size of the pie in the early days of x’s career, when he was still behind bars, he’d spend his days taking phone calls and visits from these adults one was sobande, a hungry music manager who sensed that x’s career was about to skyrocket