This month, BET will air a documentary about Murder Inc. From its inception in 1999 to its status as one of Hip-most Hop’s successful imprints in the early aughts, with a roster that featured Ja Rule and Ashanti to its most recent signing, the five-part docuseries will chronicle the label’s meteoric climb.
In this documentary, Irv Gotti, the co-founder of Murder Inc., will be the focus, and he’ll tell the story of the label’s ups and downs, as well as its feuds with G-Unit, Aftermath, and Shady Records. There will be appearances by Nas, Fat Joe, Lyor Cohen, and Charli Baltimore while Gotti will narrate the story.
Not only will the five-part series explore the music of Murder Inc, but it will also explore the controversy surrounding the label. It’s all in the documentary for Gotti, who has fought with G-Unit Records, Aftermath Records, and Shady Records.
What Will Be the Storyline of Murder Inc?
Gotti tells iHeartRadio: “The real story of the documentary,” “BET didn’t come at me first. I had a deal [with] Michael Rapino at Live Nation. I was going to do the doc with Live Nation and it was going to be a big doc. So what happened was BET did the Ruff Ryder Chronicles and the No Limit Chronicles, which got great ratings for them.
So a month or so after they air, I get a call from my good friend Tiffany Williams who’s the head of Unscripted for BET. ‘Irv you’ve gotta give us your doc. We need your doc.’ Then my friend Scott Mills, ‘Irv we want the doc.'”
“Once I heard from Scott and Tiffany,” he continues. “I then switched gears and called Rapino and I was like ‘Look let me just get it back. I’m gonna do it with BET that’s my family over there.’ He said ‘Go ahead, Gotti.’ He gave it back to me, no problems and I gave it to BET.”
Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Sr., the father of Gotti, inspired him to pursue a career in music after he lost his job as a teenager. Afterward, he recounts meeting rapper Jaz-O, who introduced him to a young JAY-Z before the release of his debut album Reasonable Doubt. Gotti persuaded Hov to make a rare appearance in the series because he DJ’d for Jaz and Roc-a-Fella Records founder during the beginning of both their careers.
“I had a blast and that’s where my friendship with Jay started, and it’s still on to this day,” Gotti says. “Jay is my brother, love Jay. He doesn’t do a lot of docs. I was like, Jay, ‘How can we do a documentary on my life, and everyone calls me ‘Irv Gotti’ and you named me Irv Gotti and you’re not in the doc? He was like, ‘Just tell me what I gotta do.’ He knew he had to do it.”
What Was the Worth of His Deal?
Following his recent $200 million deal with Iconoclast, Gotti plans to continue his foray into television and cinema.
“I’m signing a deal worth $300 million,” Gotti revealed earlier this summer. “I’ma tell you what it is. $100 million of the deal is me selling my masters. I own 50-50 with Universal Music Group — half of my masters is worth $100 million. That’s fuckin’ insane! Not only is the company [Iconoclast] buying masters, they’re giving me like a $200 million line of credit for me not just to produce and create, but to own my own television [interests].”
Who Are the Artists in the Murder Inc Documentary?
The artists in the documentary include:
- Black Child
- Caddillac Tah/Tah Murdah
- Charli Baltimore
- Ja Rule
- Vanessa Carlton
Where to Stream It?
According to capitalxtra, The Murder Inc Story was available to stream on BET Tv on Aug. 9, 2022, at 9:00 p.m. ET. From late 1990 to early 2000, Murder Inc. Records dominated the music industry thanks to Ja Rule’s sales as its lone superstar. Brothers Chris and Irv Gotti founded the label in 1998 as an extension of Def Jam Records.
Russell Simmons was confident in handing DJ and producer YG his own record company because he had worked with Def Jam on the early success of Jay-Z and DMX, as well as Ja Rule.
Ja Rule, Ashanti, Vanessa Carlton, and Charli Baltimore, as well as the label’s “war” with 50 Cent and the rap group G-Unit, fueled the label’s popularity over the first five to nine years.
An inquiry into money laundering and connections to a prominent drug kingpin, Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff, brought the FBI to the New York office of the record company, and everything fell apart from there.