Business mogul and producer Irv GottiBorn Irving Domingo Lorenzo Jr., he has been in a slew of headlines lately when he revealed details about his former relationship with Ashanti, the early days of his music industry career and the formation of Ashanti murder, inc. shortly before The Story of Murder Inc Premiere of a five-part documentary series.
The Story of Murder Inc Premieres on Tuesday, August 9 at 9pm ET BET.
The five-part documentary examines Irv Gotti’s early success as a music executive Def Jam and how he conceived a new label that would forever change and influence the music industry for generations to come.
Murder, Inc. Records has been instrumental in launching some of the most influential voices in hip hop, soul and R&B, including yes rule, Ashanti, lloyd, Charlie Baltimore, resume, Black kid, Caddillac Tahand many more.
The documentary will cover not only the music of Murder, Inc, but also the drama surrounding the label. From feuds with aftermath, Shady and G-Unit RecordsAlong with the federal charges he’s been facing, Gotti, 52, is finally ready to reveal his authorized, untold story of the rise, sudden fall and redemption of his legendary record label.
The sources KimSoMajor caught up with Irv Gotti via Zoom from his home in New York for a passionate and transparent conversation about the future of his company, Entertain visionary ideast, what his goal is, the upcoming Murder Inc. docu-series, why he wouldn’t do a reunion tour without Ashanti, and more.
What was the main reason you wanted the Murder, Inc. documentary to come out and why now?
The main reason is that I felt like it was a great time for me. I felt the ups and downs. The story had to be told. Because people wanted me to do a doctor – because they just like the way I use my mouth. I’m a pretty good interview piece because I just keep it real. Right. But I felt that because I knew I was on my way back to Kim. And I’m on my way back up Even bigger than the legendary shit I did. Because I’m doing it now, not just in music, but in movies and films, and I own it, you know?
When people say, “The universe is aligning,” you know, when you hear that kind of bullsh*t – it’s aligning for me. Yes. [Laughs] This bullshit is, it’s kind of real to me and things have just started to fall into place and they continue to fall into place with this document and stories after the doc, the one, two punch, I love Tuesday 9 and 22 PM on BET. So I just felt like it felt right. It felt right to tell my story because I have the part that came up. I have the success. I have the Def Jam. Then the FBIKenneth “Supreme” McGriff, the downfall. What should have been my downfall of 50 [Cent] bomb me. As if the FBI wasn’t enough, it’s 50 bombings on me. I should be buried and done. And then, lo and behold, I come back a hundred times stronger.
Also, I wanted to tell my story as inspiration and I know that’s going to sound cheesy, but it’s real. I wanted kids and my n**as to see and hear my story because when I was filming it, one of the executives at BET was – I’m almost in tears because she said I want my son to see this . My son needs to see this. And I thought why? “Cuz,” she said, “Yo, you’re saying everything he’s going through.” And what I was trying to say was, until my dad got fired, I screwed up life.
I didn’t apply. I didn’t take it seriously. So what I said to the viewers and all the viewers is I don’t feel like Irv Gotti anymore and I basically compare myself to them and I’m like, yo, I was just like you, I’m 22 years old . I play fucking John Madden 93 for money in a barber shop. And this is my day. I piss off life. I don’t take it seriously. I had the same talent as now, but I didn’t put myself out there. I did not want that.
That threw you into a savage?
Yeah, my dad wanted a pension and his job fired him and I’m home. And I don’t know why God made me see this, but He made me see this. And you know, my dad talks to my mom and he says, “I don’t have that kind of education.” He’s like, “I don’t know what’s going to happen to us or me,” and that shit just lit a fire in me, Kim, that’s still burning.
I’m glad you mentioned that because I wanted to ask you what you think its meaning and purpose is. But going back to those earlier moments, I saw a clip where you gave your dad the keys and just the emotions about it. I wanted to tear. How was the feeling?
I will talk about my father. When I start to cry, I start to cry, but you know, my father – I just fucking love him, Kim, him and Nene. …. So that moment is an immortal moment for me because it was the first time I saw my father cry. He cried and he hugged me and he said, “My boy, my boy,” he was so damn happy. And it wasn’t about the car. It was about, my boy is a man. He said my boy is a man.
It meant the world to me. He means the world to me. And I give him and Nene all the credit and all the props for me because I can honestly say if my dad hadn’t been fired I probably would have still been in that stupid barber shop playing Sega. And that wouldn’t be Irv Gotti.
Watch the full interview as we dive into Irv’s $300M deal and plans for his Visionary Ideas Entertainment company and more.
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