Mel Carter

Mel Carter photographed in 2011.

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Yo Gotti paid tribute to his manager, Mel Carter, who died on Friday (Nov. 25), by praising Carter's dedication to Gotti's visions and dreams. Carter, who also ran Gotti's CMG label, was instrumental in fostering the careers of a number of hip-hop stars, including Kanye West, T.I. and 2 Chainz as well. At press time there was no information on the cause of death or Carter's age, but a number of his former clients and proteges posted kind words about their mentor.

In an Instagram posted over the weekend, Gotti wrote, "You helped me! You Dedicated Ur Life To My Vision, To My DREAM, You Finally Got Me To Leave To Country & Go To UK, Dubai To See Da World, We Made Millions In Such A Short Time!" he wrote. "They Told Us We Needed A Big Feature To Get A No.1 Record , They Told Us We Will Never Do Shows In Vegas Cause I Was Too Gangsta .. We Luv To Hear Them Say What We Couldn't Do, So We Went Got Our 1st No.1 RECORD #Solo -- We Went Got A Residency In VEGAS -- We signed Artist They Asked us Y We Sign Them.."

 

 

You Helped Me! You Dedicated Ur Life To My Vision, To My DREAM , You Finally Got Me To Leave To Country & Go To UK, Dubai To See Da World, We Made Millions In Such A Short Time! They Told Us We Needed A Big Feature To Get A No.1 Record , They Told Us We Will Never Do Shows In Vegas Cause I Was Too Gangsta .. We Luv To Hear Them Say What We Couldn't Do, So We Went Got Our 1st No.1 RECORD #Solo -- We Went Got A Residency In VEGAS -- We signed Artist They Asked us Y We Sign Them.. Then We Got Them ------ Every Idea, Every Plan , Every Move I wanted To Make You Was Ready To Roll.. You My Nigga Dawg We Suppose To Be In Curaçao island RITE NOW... We Luv you Mel -- #CMG P.s You Kept Tellin Me We Gotta Put #CM9 Out This Yr....ok #RestUpMel

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Tributes came in from a number of other rappers as well:

French Montana

 

Mike Will Made-It

 

2 Chainz

 

Rest in peace OG Mel!!!! Good dude mane much love and respect to you and yours

A photo posted by 2 Chainz Aka Tity Boi (@hairweavekiller) on

 

Wu-Tang Clan

 

Raekwon

 

I will miss you mel...i love you ..r.i.p #gonebutneverfogotten

A photo posted by Raekwon The Chef (@raekwon) on

 

T.I.

 

And several more from Gotti