June 30, 2003 |
Who is the real Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo? To federal investigators, he is pure trouble. They contend that Lorenzo opened the door of his legitimate business -- the Vivendi Universal-funded Murder Inc. record label -- to a convicted street criminal, Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff. McGriff, they say, used the company to launder cash from illegal drug sales. Lorenzo, in his first public discussion of those claims, tells a much different story. He describes himself as a loyal friend who did nothing worse than help the financially strapped ex-con go straight, and fulfill a dream, by producing a low-budget action film called "Crime Partners."
November 14, 2005 |
Last January, representatives from five law enforcement agencies gathered to triumphantly announce indictments against some of rap music's highest-profile executives. Authorities claimed they had evidence that the president and vice president of "gangster rap" label Murder Inc., Irving "Gotti" Lorenzo and his younger brother Christopher Lorenzo, had laundered $1 million in illegal profit from a narcotics empire overseen by convicted drug dealer Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff.
February 27, 2003 |
The brother of music mogul Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo was wounded outside the Manhattan offices of Murder Inc. Records -- home to such stars as Ashanti and Ja Rule. Christopher Lorenzo first told police Monday that he was the victim of a drive-by shooting. By Wednesday, however, police were investigating whether Lorenzo had shot himself in the leg, sources said. No weapon has been recovered.
August 21, 2003 |
The chief of Vivendi Universal rap label Murder Inc. agreed to enter a drug-diversion program in Oakland after his arrest last week on a charge of drug possession. Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo, whose label is the target of a federal money-laundering probe, was arrested Friday at the Oakland Coliseum during a concert by R&B star R. Kelly. Lorenzo was charged with misdemeanor drug possession after guards backstage discovered one Ecstasy pill and four Viagra tablets in his wallet during a security check.
June 30, 2003 |
The star of the film "Crime Partners," John Bryant, and his bodyguards were arrested this month during a routine traffic stop at Washington and La Cienega boulevards, police said last week. On June 13, Culver City police found two loaded handguns in a Cadillac Escalade driven by one of the bodyguards, authorities said. The car apparently was registered to Ja Rule, a star on the Murder Inc. music label. Murder Inc. is an affiliate of French media giant Vivendi Universal.
December 4, 2003 |
Murder Inc. has killed off the Murder. The rap label said Wednesday that it changed its name to The Inc., aiming to distance itself from violent imagery at a time when federal agents are investigating its alleged financial ties with a New York drug kingpin. "It seems as though no one is really looking at the talent," label chief Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo said at a news conference in New York, where he was joined by label stars Ja Rule and Ashanti.