Lyor Cohen, head of the Island Def Jam label group, is trying to explain why he gets along so well with Irv Gotti, his hardheaded, trash-talking protégé. “I could be in my office with [Vivendi Universal CEO] Jean-Marie Messier, and Gotti will barge in and say, ‘All I know is, this guy working for you here is a fu**ing bastard!’ And Jean-Marie will say [Cohen puts on a French accent], ‘Really? Why is that?’ And Irv will say, ‘Because if I don’t have any hits, he will throw me the fu** out, and if I do have hits, he will take the most money possible for himself.'”
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