May 1, 2003 |
Rap record label Murder Inc. put a convicted drug kingpin on its payroll after he was released from prison, disguising his identity through phony paperwork, according to sources familiar with a deepening federal investigation of the label. The disclosure of the alleged payments to Kenneth McGriff was made in an affidavit filed by investigators to justify a January raid on Murder Inc.'s New York offices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.