is an author, entrepreneur, advertising executive and American record executive
, most famous for being rapper Nas
's off-and-on manager since 1995.
first hired Stoute after the absence of commercial success from his first album, Illmatic
. Stoute helped the rapper develop a new, Mafioso
-based image, and the re-invented "Nas Escobar" released It Was Written
, which was a double-platinum
success. Nas, in appreciation of Stoute's guidance to success, gave him the nickname of "The Commissioner," inspired by Commissioner Gordon
from the Batman series. Stoute helped Nas form a super group called The Firm
with Foxy Brown
, and Cormega
, who was fired by Stoute and replaced with Nas' friend Nature
before The Firm's only album, The Album
, was released.
Following the "Hate Me Now
" incident, Nas fired Stoute and signed with Violator Management
in 2001. After leaving Violator shortly after joining the management company, Nas resigned with Stoute and released the God's Son
album in 2002.Stout purchased a full page ad in the New York Times to express his displeasure with Grammy decisions.
Advertising & Marketing Giant
Stoute is the founder of . With a diverse client roster that includes brands such as McDonald's
, State Farm, Hewlett-Packard
, Target, Reebok
, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co and Lady Gaga, Mr. Stoute continues to revolutionize the way blue chip marketers and superstar artists connect with consumers. Whether he’s... Read More