December 3, 2005 |
Two rap music moguls known for their gangster images and gun-sporting artists were acquitted Friday in federal court in New York on charges that they used their record label as a front to launder $1 million for a convicted drug lord. Irving "Gotti" Lorenzo and his younger brother, Christopher, the president and vice president, respectively, of "gangsta rap" label Murder Inc., had faced as many as 20 years in prison on allegations of laundering money for Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff.
January 27, 2005 |
Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo once saw murder as a metaphor. Back in 1997, when the charismatic music producer got his own record label from Island Def Jam, he named it Murder Inc. because of what he called the moniker's "ill double meaning." "When you have a hot record, people say you put out a hit," he said in a 2003 interview. "I thought, 'I'm going to call my artists murderers, because they put out hits.' This is the whole psyche behind it, man. Nothing more."
January 22, 2003 |
Federal agents began serving grand jury subpoenas at Vivendi Universal's New York offices in conjunction with a money- laundering probe of the music giant's record label Murder Inc., sources said. The Paris-based entertainment conglomerate was directed to turn over royalty records, invoices and other data that could help document financial ties between Murder Inc. founder Irv Gotti and Kenneth Mc- Griff, sources said.
May 2, 2003 |
Murder Inc., which bills itself as "the world's most dangerous record company," has exploited the notoriety of a convicted drug dealer with a reputation for violence to intimidate music industry competitors through threats and extortion, according to a newly unsealed federal affidavit. The document alleges that a secret and seamless relationship has existed for several years between convicted felon Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff and Murder Inc.
April 2, 2003 |
Days after being forced to vacate Universal Music Group's Manhattan headquarters, Murder Inc. and its founder, Irv Gotti, released a defiant music video mocking a government raid that led to the controversial label's eviction. The video, based on a Ja Rule song called "Murder Reigns," spoofs law enforcement officials as they plot and execute a raid on Murder Inc.'s offices during an investigation into possible ties to drug money and other matters.
September 6, 2003 |
Gerard "D.O. Cannon" Fields, a rapper tied to Vivendi Universal's beleaguered Murder Inc. label, died Friday after a late-night shooting in the Jamaica district of Queens, N.Y. Fields was shot near 177th Street and 104th Avenue at 11:45 p.m. Thursday. Two men walked up and opened fire on the 26-year-old rapper, hitting him four times. He died just after midnight. The shooting marked the second rap-related murder in Queens this week.