Cinematic's Jonny Shipes, Van Dyke Music's Hovain Hylton Launch Left Right Management: Exclusive

Jonny Shipes and Hovain Hylton
Jochi Saca

Jonny Shipes and Hovain Hylton

Cinematic Music Group founder Jonny Shipes and Hovain Hylton of Van Dyke Music Group have teamed up to launch a new hybrid label/management company called Left Right Management, Billboard has learned. The company will focus on both up-and-coming artists and established veterans within the hip-hop realm.

Shipes founded Cinematic in 2007 and has worked with MCs such as Cam'ron, Smoke DZA, Nipsey Hu$$le, Big K.R.I.T. and T-Pain over the years; in the past half-decade, Cinematic has also been the home of Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era collective, as well as artists such as Mick Jenkins, Cat Clyde and Public Access T.V., among others. Hylton, meanwhile, who goes by his first name Hovain, managed Young Lito, and recently began working with Genius artist relations manager Rob Markman on his rap career.

“I’ve always had an admiration for Shipes being a talent scout,” Hovain said in a statement, noting that Van Dyke Music Group is released through Cinematic. “I believe in the universe and karma and energy; it seemed like the perfect synergy at the perfect time.”

“I haven’t had anyone in years like Hovain that knows how the industry moves from the non-corporate side," Shipes said in a statement. "I couldn’t be as successful as I want to be if I don’t touch the people Hovain touches and vice versa. It’s a really good partnership. We are two independent minds who have built everything we have without any industry insiders.”

Left Right Management will be headquartered within Shipes' Cinematic offices in Brooklyn, which also houses recording studios and a film studio. The company's artist roster will be announced in the next few months, and the two plan to hire "a creative team of managers and rising executives" to fill out the administrative side of the venture. “We’re looking to put good young hungry managers under us to mold their talent and managing,” Shipes said. “If you’re a young executive and don’t want to get taken advantage of, come to us.”


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