Irv Gotti

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Irv Gotti
Gotti in February 2005
Background information
Birth name Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr.
Also known as DJ Irv
Born (1970-06-26) June 26, 1970 (age 46)
Origin Hollis, Queens, New York City[1]
Genres Hip hop, R&B
Occupation(s) Record producer
Instruments Turntables, mixer, keyboards, drum machine, sampler
Years active 1992–present
Labels The Inc. Records
Associated acts Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Ashanti, Fat Joe, Charli Baltimore, Vanessa Carlton, Uncle Murda, Lloyd, DMX

Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr. (born June 26, 1970[2]), better known as Irv Gotti, is an American hip hop and R&B record producer and is the founder of The Inc record label.

Gotti was born in Queens, New York, and is of African American and Dominican descent. He is the youngest of eight siblings and the father of three children. A producer and music executive, he founded The Inc. with his brother Chris (born 1967). The Inc. was originally Murder, Inc., but after legal troubles in 2003, the company was renamed in 2005. He has produced songs for such artists as Jay-Z, Ja Rule, and Vanessa Carlton. He produced Jay-Z's "Can I Get A...", Ja Rule's "Holla Holla" and DMX's "What's My Name?".[citation needed] Gotti co-produced Vanessa Carlton's third album, Heroes and Thieves, which was released October 9, 2007, with Channel 7, Rick Rubin and Stephan Jenkins. In an interview with Angie Martinez in early May 2009, Gotti stated that his label, The Inc., was leaving Universal Records. He has an estimated net worth of $15 million.[citation needed]

Legal trouble[edit]

In 2004, The Inc came under investigation for allegedly laundering money through the label for New York City drug kingpin Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff. On January 25, 2005, Lorenzo and his brother Chris turned themselves in, alleging their innocence. They were released on $1 million bail, and would not be tried alongside McGriff for the charges against them.[3]

On November 16, 2005, the federal prosecutor Sean Haran said in his opening statement at U.S. District Court that Irving Lorenzo and his brother Christopher "used their corporate bank accounts to clean drug money". According to Haran, convicted drug dealer Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, had shopping bags and shoe boxes full of cash delivered to the label's Manhattan office in 2000. The company then cut McGriff $280,000 in checks. Authorities alleged that McGriff was permitted to funnel more than $1 million in drug money through Murder Inc. in return for serving as the label's protector and enforcer. Prosecutors additionally claim that the Lorenzos knew about a murder plot against platinum-selling rapper 50 Cent.[4] On December 2, 2005, Irving Lorenzo and his brother Christopher were acquitted of all money laundering charges.

The brothers could have faced up to 20 years in prison. The defense countered all along that the brothers were victims of guilt by association with Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff.[5]

Music production[edit]

Gotti co-produced Vanessa Carlton's third album, Heroes and Thieves, with Channel 7, Rick Rubin and Stephan Jenkins, which was released October 9, 2007.[6]

Nicki Minaj’s hit “Moment For Life” was recently used in her Pepsi commercial as part of her ‘Live For Now’ campaign. During a behind-the-scenes interview with on the set for the ad spot, Nicki revealed that producer and former Murder Inc. label head, Irv Gotti, gave her the inspiration for the track.


Singles produced[edit]


  1. ^ Retrieved June 26, 2013[dead link]
  2. ^ Date of birth per The Smoking Gun website[dead link]
  3. ^ Irv Gotti Proclaims Innocence[dead link]
  4. ^ "Find Laws, Legal Information, and Attorneys - FindLaw". Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (December 3, 2005). "Murder Inc. mogul acquitted". Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ Shaheem Reid (November 28, 2006). "Irv Gotti Maps Out Inc. Comeback With Vanessa Carlton, Lloyd, Ja Rule". MTV News. Retrieved November 30, 2006. 

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