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Gotti in February 2005
|Birth name||Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr.|
|Also known as||DJ Irv|
|Born||June 26, 1970|
|Origin||Hollis, Queens, New York City|
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B|
|Instruments||Turntables, mixer, keyboards, drum machine, sampler|
|Labels||Murder Inc. Records (current) 300 Entertainment (current) Ruff Ryders Entertainment (former) Def Jam Recordings (former)|
|Associated acts||Ja Rule, Jay Z, Ashanti, Fat Joe, Charli Baltimore, Vanessa Carlton, Uncle Murda, Lloyd, DMX|
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?". 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.
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 TheInsider.com 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.
Money laundering indictment and acquittal
A 2003 investigation, including a raid on the Manhattan offices of Murder, Inc., resulted in charges of money laundering being brought against Gotti and his brother Christopher in connection with alleged financial transactions associated with New York City drug kingpin Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff. On December 2, 2005, a jury acquitted the brothers of all charges.
- "Infatuated" (Memphis Bleek)
- "Nice" (The Game) featuring Newz
- Retrieved June 26, 2013
- Date of birth per The Smoking Gun website
- Shaheem Reid (November 28, 2006). "Irv Gotti Maps Out Inc. Comeback With Vanessa Carlton, Lloyd, Ja Rule". MTV News. Retrieved November 30, 2006.
- Irv Gotti Proclaims Innocence
- Associated Press (December 3, 2005). "Murder Inc. mogul acquitted". TODAY.com. Retrieved October 12, 2016.