Ebonie Ward Pushes Positivity Managing Future, Gunna, Flo Milli

Ebonie Ward is used to being the one lady within the room. This was the case lengthy earlier than she gained prominence because the supervisor to hip-hop stars Future, Gunna and Flo Milli. Ward received her begin within the enterprise working her personal males’s clothes boutique, Fly Kix ATL, which catered to native rap stars in Atlanta. From there, Ward used her connections within the high-end retail house to segue into music, becoming a member of Anthony Saleh’s Emagen Leisure Group, longtime administration dwelling to Future, and dealing her approach as much as grow to be the artist’s main consultant. 

“It has been a really delicate state of affairs at instances,” Ward says of being a feminine supervisor. “Anthony Saleh has been my ace and an anchor in my profession. We might stroll right into a room, and so they wouldn’t acknowledge me; they’d simply shake his hand. So he would cease and say, ‘Let me introduce you to my enterprise associate — that is Ebonie Ward.’”

That vote of confidence was sufficient to encourage Ward to grow to be a drive of her personal, culminating in a banner 12 months for her roster. Albums, from Future and Gunna, each debuted on the prime of the Billboard 200 of their first weeks, whereas breakout singles akin to Future’s “Wait For U” and Gunna’s “Pushin P” have amassed industrial and viral success. The previous has been licensed triple-platinum and sits at No. 3 for the 12 months, whereas the latter lands at No. 17 as a double-platinum file. 

“ ‘Pushin P’ was for the tradition, and it was simple,” Ward says. “It additionally was a testomony to Gunna being an actual innovator, for him to create a phrase that individuals actually had been in a position to establish with. It’s about pushing peace, prosperity and positivity — pushing individuals towards doing nice issues.”

The message of being “P” has taken on a distinct which means in gentle of the 29-year-old rapper’s present incarceration on racketeering prices. Nonetheless, Ward is dedicated to bringing Gunna’s musical accomplishments to the forefront. Certainly, Grammy campaigns that she spearheaded for “Pushin P” helped the monitor notch nominations.

“That’s my function as his supervisor,” Ward says. “I don’t need individuals to get so caught up in a brief circumstance that they lose sight of who he’s, what he represents, and what he was in a position to create. I don’t need the historical past of Gunna to be him being incarcerated. I would like it to be a victorious second — for him to return out of this and proceed to return out on prime, the place he belongs.”

It might be immensely tough to gloss over Ward in a convention room at the moment. Transferring ahead, she hopes to convey extra ladies into the administration aspect of leisure.

“I simply need to proceed to be a superb instance for different younger ladies to observe,” Ward says, “whereas additionally serving to to uplift and construct individuals within the enterprise.” 

A Letter From Gunna

Atlanta rapper Gunna, 29, has been incarcerated since Could on RICO prices stemming, in no small half, from his lyrics. Fellow 300 artist Younger Thug can also be entangled within the prices, which, in keeping with prosecutors, deem his Younger Stoner Life file label a gang operation. Each have needed to watch from afar as their collaborative hit single, “Pushin P,” surges up the charts. However energetic efforts from music business heavyweights like 300’s Kevin Liles offers hope for his or her launch, as laws in California and New York places sturdy restrictions on artwork as proof. From a Georgia jail, Gunna wrote this letter to his supervisor, Ebonie Ward, praising her tireless efforts to maintain the file alive whereas he’s away. 

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