Irv ‘Gotti’ Lorenzo is in the process of changing the name of his label Murder Inc. to The Inc. in an attempt to shed negative connotations surrounding the older moniker. “I am changing the name so people can just try and focus on our music and not our name,” Lorenzo told AllHipHop.com. “I’ve been making hits now for close to ten years in this game. All everyone seems to want to focus on is the word ‘murder’.”
Pusha T of Clipse, Benny Boom, Fatal Hussein and Irv Gotti of Murder Inc. were on hand at Ja Rule’s video shoot for his latest single on Sunday (September 28) in Brooklyn, New York. Check out pictures from WireImage.
The Associated Press reports rap mogul Irv Gotti and his attorney failed to appear Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court for Gotti’s arraignment on a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance, authorities said. Prosecutors were unable to contact Gotti’s attorney, Dennis Roberts, who’d said he was going to appear on his client’s behalf because Gotti lives in New York.
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According to Russ Giuntini, a prosecutor with the Alameda County district attorney’s office, Gotti was stopped at a security checkpoint backstage at the Network Associates Coliseum, where R. Kelly was performing that night. Police found a single MDMA tablet, commonly known as ecstasy, in Gotti’s pocket along with some prescription Viagra tablets. Read more.
Fat Joe and Irv Gotti were on hand at Ashanti’s exclusive CD release party celebrating the launch of ‘Chapter 2’ on Wednesday (July 9) at The Lighthouse-Chelsea Piers in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Jawn has an up-close interview with Lil’ Mo as she discusses Ja Rule, Irv Gotti, and BET‘s ‘Cita.’ Also, news on Mekhi Phifer, Mya, Mark Curry, Raven, Jermaine Dupri, and Lina in this week’s Juice. Jawn has more news on Whitney Houston’s rumored pregnancy. Plus, what newly single African-American A-List Hollywood actress has a thing for a bad boy A-List Hollywood actor — who just happens to be white? All of these stories and so much more in this week’s Juice. Read it all here.
Michael Jackson almost left Sony for Def Jam Records last year. Jennifer Lopez almost didn’t strike up her musical collaboration with her rap savior, Ja Rule. And rap impresario Irv Gotti doesn’t take no for an answer. Those are just three of the revelations in court testimony from a recent trial concerning two record labels according to FoxNews.com’s Roger Friedman, who got to see statements from Def Jam Records president Lyor Cohen in their lawsuit with TVT Records. Read more.
Responding to Proof of D12’s comments in AllHipHop.com about a run-in with Murder Inc. comes another anonymous submission here. The unnamed source tells rapdirt: “In reply to this article, Irv Gotti WAS NOT in the club that night. Get in touch with Rolexx and see the surveillance video. Proof is also failing to tell everyone how the only reason he got no cuts, and lil’ bruised up was due to the fact of Rolexx security, clubgoers along with strippers had to drag Proof in the office to protect him from getting killed. Yes, he was out numbered 12-14 people to 3-5. Yes they did come out of nowhere after him though.”
The New York Post reports that in a civil complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court, the feds say convicted drug kingpin Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff poured drug money into the straight-to-video “Crime Partners” – a low-budget action drams which stars Snoop Dog, Ice-T and Ja Rule. The court papers – which reveal new details about the feds’ ongoing money-laundering investigation of Murder Inc. – allege that McGriff washed his cash by periodically delivering drug money to Irv Gotti.
Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti concedes people are getting sick of his biggest star Ja Rule. He tells MTV News, “Rule’s been out since 1999. He came out in 1999 and we dropped an album every year since [then]. He’s been on the radio — probably the most played rap artist [from] 1999 till now. I’ll give the people that — maybe y’all want a little break from my man. I’ll give you six months. Y’all could ride with whoever. [Regardless of what they say,] it’s all good ’cause they talking about my man. As long as y’all talking about my man, we’ll deliver.” Read more.