Report: Feds Raid Murder Inc. In Irv Gotti Probe
A task force of FBI agents and New York Police Department (NYPD) officers raided the Manhattan offices of urban imprint Murder Inc. early Friday. The raid came as part of a federal probe of label founA task force of FBI agents and New York Police Department (NYPD) officers raided the Manhattan offices of urban imprint Murder Inc. early Friday. The raid came as part of a federal probe of label founder Irv Gotti's alleged ties to drug trafficking, money laundering, and gang activities, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
An NYPD spokesperson tells Billboard Bulletin that the department does not comment on activities involving federal authorities; an FBI spokesperson was unavailable for comment.
A former Def Jam Music Group A&R executive, Gotti (real name: Irving Lorenzo) started Murder Inc. in 1997 and has been instrumental in the careers of numerous pop and hip-hop stars, including Ashanti, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, DMX, and Jennifer Lopez.
Last year, Murder Inc. renewed a joint-venture deal with Island Def Jam. "In 2003, Murder Inc. is going to drop three or four new acts," Gotti told Billboard in October. "I have two superstars with Ja [Rule] and Ashanti. When it's all said and done, I want five or six. That's the goal. The ultimate vision is for us to pick a town, and Murder Inc. comes through that town with five or six multi-platinum superstars all together and we're all recognized as stars. We all come through, and we're all selling multi-platinum records. The goal is to be like Motown had it."
At deadline, representatives from Murder Inc. and Def Jam were unavailable for comment.