Could Damian “Junior Gong” Marley be heading to Roc Nation? It’s still not yet clear but his longtime manager Dan Dalton just signed a deal with the imprint.
Dalton’s company Dalton Entertainment Group and Roc Nation have been in talks for months before both sides signed the new deal. Now what does this mean for artists that he managed, that is not yet known. But both sides confirmed the deal with Billboard.
“I first met [Roc Nation CEO] Jay Brown and [Roc Nation founder] Jay-Z in 2004 when Damian was shopping for a record deal,” Dalton said. “Jay and Jay Z were at Def Jam, and it was an exciting time with Damian’s ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ being a summer anthem. We really vibed with them and liked their take on the music business, and very much value their opinions.”
Dalton has worked with the likes of Dilated Peoples, Beat Junkies, and Jurassic 5. He also now manages punk band Flogging Molly.
Roc Nation is home to artists like Rihanna, J. Cole, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Shakira, Santigold, HAIM, and more.
Damian Marley has found a way to get richer and also send a strong message to the government by opening a marijuana dispensary at a old prison in Colorado.
The reggae/dancehall icon has partnered with a company called Tru Cannabis to launch the new weed dispensary which will produced the plant for medicinal purposes. That’s not all, he is also opening another dispensary at another old prison in California with Ocean Grown Extracts.
“Many people sacrificed so much for the herb over the years who got locked up,” Damian Marley told Billboard. “If this [venture] helps people and it’s used for medicinal purposes and inspires people, it’s a success.”
Marley and his business partner spent $4.1 million to purchase the Claremont Custody Center in Coalinga, CA, instantly giving the local economy a boost. The marijuana venture will also generate approximately 100 jobs for the economically stagnant region and generate roughly a million dollars in tax revenue.
“This was definitely something we were working towards for a long time, before I was even born,” Junior Gong added. “There was Peter Tosh’s ‘Legalize It’ and songs like that — this is something our culture has been working towards. I was optimistic that it would one day be legal — and now it is here.”
The multi-million facility will harvest its first crop of marijuana in January and will start producing oil extracts in the next three months.
Damian Marley is currently working on his new album “Stony Hill” and recently released the first single off the project “Nail Pon Cross.” The album is coming early next year.