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."
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.
August 30, 2003 |
Tyran "Tah Tah" Moore was cleared as a suspect Friday in the shooting of a New York police captain but remains in custody on an unrelated weapons charge. Moore, a fringe rap industry figure, was arrested Thursday after a tense, three-hour standoff with police and was held as a suspect in the shooting. But authorities later came to believe that he wasn't involved.
August 29, 2003 |
An associate of Murder Inc. chief Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo, whose music label is under federal investigation for alleged money laundering, was taken into custody Thursday as a suspect in the shooting of a New York police captain. Tyran Moore surrendered after a three-hour standoff with dozens of police officers at a residence in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn. Moore, whose street name is Tah Tah, gained notoriety last year in a lyric on "Guess Who's Back?" by 50 Cent, the Queens rap star.
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.
August 13, 2003 |
An associate of Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, the former drug lord whose ties with Vivendi Universal Inc.'s Murder Inc. label are under federal investigation, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in New York. Jon Ragin, a convicted drug trafficker, quietly negotiated a plea bargain last week with U.S. authorities in Brooklyn.