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      Dope Money, Hip-Hop & Murder Inc. - Feds Coming for Your Favorite Next?

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      One of many dope dealer turned rap empires to be destroyed in the following years. Stay tuned. I predicted this back in 2000.

      Court Documents Reveal The Inc.'s Hardships, Plot To Kill Irv Gotti, More
      By Nolan Strong and EbenGregory
      Date: 10/17/2005 4:20 pm

      In recently released documents provided to, Christopher Lorenzo’s attorney, Gerald Shargel, recently wrote to Judge Edward Korman to officially raise objections to prison tapes being used by the federal government in the federal money laundering and racketeering trial of rap label The Inc.

      The five-page filing documents Shargel's requests to suppress conversations between the Gotti brothers (Irv and Chris Lorenzo) and Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff that were recorded by The Federal Bureau of Prisons.

      The filing also detailed the financial hardships of The Inc. (formerly Murder Inc.), an alleged plot to kill Irv Gotti and the status of Queens, New York drug baron Lorenzo “Fat Cat” Nichols.

      Ethan Brown, a journalist for Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, Wired, the Village Voice, Radar, Vibe and others, recently penned "Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent and the Rise of the Hip-Hop Hustler."

      Slated for a November 22 release, the book is a detailed look into origins of Queens, New York's most notorious and profitable drug gangs and their ties to the Hip-Hop music industry.

      "These transcripts show that Irv is clearly hurting financially because of the years' long investigation into The Inc.," Brown told "The expiration of The Inc.'s contract with Def Jam earlier this year has only worsened the situation."

      Shargel’s motion seeks to have phone conversations ruled inadmissible because he believes that they’re “plainly irrelevant” and “hearsay.”

      The motion further states that his client’s right to due process was violated when the government gained a strategic advantage by gathering evidence against the Lorenzo’s, by wire-tapping McGriff’s prison phone calls.

      "They were successful in separating Irv's trial from Supreme's," Brown noted. "Supreme is charged with various narcotics charges and murder. Irv is not charged with any of that. He doesn't have to sit in the court room with Supreme and that is why the lawyers are saying these conversations are irrelevant."

      Some of the characters that are resurfacing have been mentioned in songs by Nas, 50 Cent, Ja Rule and others. Fans can reference Nas' "Memory Lane (Sitting in the Park)" or 50 Cent's "Ghetto Quran" for more details.

      Coincidentally, 50 Cent's upcoming movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin' features a character named "Majestic," said to be loosely based on Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff.

      A review of transcripts documents reveals:

      A conversation recorded on March 4, 2005 in which Chris Lorenzo was "expressing worry about his brother's safety and the risk of harm posed by a 'crazy fan' of 50 Cent."

      According to the phone records, Chris was so worried about Irv's safety that 'he consulted his music attorney and others to stop 50 Cent's 'incendiary s**t.'

      A conversation recorded on March 29, 2005 between Irv Gotti and Supreme in which the two discuss the financial hardships of The Inc. label for the first time.

      Wire-tap records disclose Irv explaining to McGriff that he was paying for everybody’s lawyer and that he was “F*cked up right now.”

      Irv goes on to state “Remember the sh*t with me though Preme, I’m paying everyone’s lawyer, Cynthia, Gutta, everybody. It’s all on my back so I gotta get the f*cking sh*t because (the lawyers) talking about bailing and that I got to get that money.”

      An April 29, 2005 conversation where Supreme asks an associate of Irv Gotti's about 'Fat Boy,' which authorities suspect is code for “Fat Cat,” or Lorenzo 'Fat Cat" Nichols.

      In February of 1988, Nichols was sentenced to a 25-to-life state narcotics and weapons violations. He was then hit with federal charges in August of 1988 on federal narcotics charges. He was slated to be released in 2026 for previous federal drug charges.

      Incarcerated since 1985, authorities accused Nichols of running "The Nichols Organization" from behind bars from 1985-1988 when the organization was dismantled by federal agents.

      Police suspect the Nichols organization provided drugs to the Supreme Team in their heyday, when the drug gang controlled the Baisley Park Houses in Queens, New York.

      "An army of federal agents stormed this territory in Southeast Queens and shut down the organization," Brown told "This was spurned by the murder of NYPD rookie cop, Edward Byrne, who were murdered by members of the Bebo's, a gang run by Howard "Pappy" Mason."

      Mason is serving a life sentence and was convicted of being Nichol's lieutenant in the Nichols Organization. Brown compared Mason to Fat Cat, in terms of his status in the organization.

      "He had a crew of kids with dread locks and they killed a white cop, who was in uniform and in a marked car," Brown said. "He was guarding the home of a witness. 50 talks about it in his book ["From Pieces to Weight"] as a pivotal moment in his neighborhood, because all of the drug organizations were targeted from that point."

      Nichols was indicted earlier this year for allegedly running an auto theft ring from prison with notorious Detroit, Michigan coke kingpin, Richard "White Boy Rick" Wershe.

      Prison recordings also show that Irv and Supreme were allegedly surprised how big their case had become.

      Irv told McGriff their case was “So high-profile, like, it’s not even believable.”

      "Being friends with Supreme isn’t a crime," Brown stated. "The feds are alleging that money is being laundered through these companies, but no one knows what evidence there is."

      The federal money laundering and racketeering trial money for the Lorenzo’s is set to begin on Oct. 24.
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      Feds Outline Case Against The Inc.
      By EbenGregory
      Date: 10/11/2005 2:55 pm

      As the impending Oct. 24 money laundering and racketeering trial looms over The Inc (formerly The Inc.) and the Gotti brothers (Irv and Chris Lorenzo), the Federal government slowly begins to reveal its case against the once powerful label.

      In response to a motion by the Gotti brothers’ lawyer to declare the search of Irv's offices unconstitutional, the Federal government filed a 50-page memorandum in opposition to suppress the evidence.

      The memorandum outlines for the very first time, the case against Irv and Chris Gotti in great detail.

      The document was submitted to the US District Court after Gerald Lefcourt, attorney for Irv Gotti, filed a motion to declare the search of Irv's offices unconstitutional.

      Lefcourt also sought to discredit affidavits from IRS criminal agent Francis Mace who claimed the label was funded by Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff and that Supreme and Irv put chart topping rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson under surveillance.

      Filed on September 26 by Roslynn Mauskopf, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the document contends that the defendants’ motions are meritless and should be denied without a hearing based on the fact that there is no basis to suppress the text pager records, which were obtained with a search warrant.

      The memorandum also addresses the issue of claims by Francis Mace by documenting that “any alleged inaccuracies were not material to the finding of probable cause, given that the defendants did not dispute that probable cause existed to search for evidence of the McGriff’s use of false identification documents to travel, which Murder, Inc. arranged for and paid.”

      Further, the memorandum also states that, “the defendants have no standing to suppress a search of a storage office containing bookkeeping records that agents learned of through bookkeeper Cynthia Brent.”

      Cynthia Brent, The Inc.'s former bookkeeper, was also indicted and charged with laundering over $1 million in drug money and structuring cash to avoid federal reporting conditions.

      Brent pleaded guilty on September 21 and as part of her plea bargain; she revealed how she structured financial transactions to avoid currency reporting requirements - breaking down cash deposits for the label in amounts less than $10,000 so the bank wouldn't report them.

      The memorandum also provides a first-hand look into the secret world of Murder Inc and their ties to McGriff.

      While the Gotti brothers asserted that McGriff played an insignificant role in Murda Inc., the Federal documents painted a very different picture and revealed that he had a noteworthy yet largely secret position at Murder, Inc.

      A review of the documents shows that:

      * In 2001, McGriff told arresting officers on the 2001 state gun charge that he worked for Def Jam.

      * Text messages reflected that McGriff regularly was present at the offices of Murder, Inc., and that he instructed his associates to call him there.

      *Text messages and subpoenaed records proved that Murder, Inc. employees made travel arrangements, including flight and hotel accommodations, for McGriff using aliases, and that Murder, Inc. paid for these trips.

      * Text messages showed that McGriff had reviewed business contracts on behalf of Murder, Inc. rap artist Ja Rule.

      In addition to the money laundering and racketeering charges, the Gotti brothers are also the subject of a federal investigation into the beating death of a New York drug dealer.

      As reported earlier this year, the Federal government is investigating the 1993 beating of a man named Anthony Sylvester, who was beaten with a two-by-four “embedded with nails.”

      Sylvester’s body was dumped in a vacant lot in Manhattan. He survived his wounds, but was comatose for eight months.

      Sylvester survived ten years with 24-hour medical attention and succumbed to his wounds in October of 2003.

      The Inc. became the subject of Federal investigation when it was alleged that the successful music label was bankrolled McGriff, a notorious drug dealer who also allegedly involved in the shooting of hip-hop superstar 50 Cent.

      McGriff, a longtime friend Irv Gotti, allegedly provided proceeds from drug trafficking in New York and Maryland as "start-up money" for the powerhouse music label, which is home to Ja Rule and Grammy Award winner Ashanti.

      The Federal trial is set to begin on Oct. 24. Previously unreleased details from both Irv and Chris Gotti are expected to surface in "Queens Reigns Supreme," a new book by Ethan Brown, which reveals the history of Queens drug dealers and the music industry.
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      Kenneth 'Supreme' McGriff Sought Defense Funds From Diddy, Jay-Z
      By Nolan Strong
      Date: 10/12/2005 11:50 am

      As The Inc.’s October 24 trial date approaches for money laundering, more details are coming out about Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff and his planned defense.

      According to recently released documents, McGriff told The Inc.’s Christopher “Gotti” Lorenzo that he would seek the assistance of Sean “Diddy” Combs and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter to help fund his defense against racketeering, narcotics and murder charges.

      The Federal Bureau of Prisons caught McGriff’s conversation with Lorenzo on an Apr. 29 call from a Brooklyn, New York Federal prison stating that he planned to send letters to both moguls, which would be delivered by his defense team.

      Lorenzo agreed this would be a good strategy since Combs and Carter both allegedly asked about McGriff’s well being.

      “I mean both of them is situated really, really well,” McGriff said of the moguls. “Wouldn’t be nothing but peanuts to them, if you know what I mean.”

      The latest filing also claims that 50 Cent staged his shootings for publicity purposes.

      McGriff and Lorenzo spoke in detail about 50 Cent, labeling his latest album The Massacre “garbage.”

      “It’s copy cat s**t now man,” McGriff ranted. “The cracker [Jimmy Iovine] is pimping him. He aint nothing but a motherf**king house n**ger who set everything, set us back 150 years. Next thing he gonna be doing is macaroni and cheese commercials.”

      The brothers also referenced Irv Gotti’s possible deal with Warner Music Group through Lyor Cohen, who as head of Island Def Jam, provided start-up money for Murder Inc.

      “I thought he [Irv] was talking to Lyor,” McGriff asked Christopher Lorenzo.

      “Yeah but that can’t happen ‘til we are clean...until we clear Universal. And Universal’s not moving, They taking their time because they know what they doing. They know they crippling a n**ger. They got Ashanti out with an album, Ja out with an album, they aint doing nothing for their next singles..the public thinks we it’s just..we over.” Christopher Lorenzo replied.

      If convicted, McGriff faces the death penalty. Murder Inc. CEO Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo and his brother Christopher pleaded not guilty in January to money laundering charges.
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