Ja Rule and Irv Gotti made history with Murder Inc. Records and they want us to remember.
While the success of Straight Outta Compton has inspired plenty of old school rap artists and labels to consider going down the biopic route, Rule has decided to bypass a motion picture in favor of developing a TV series centered around the glory days of Murder Inc. Irv Gotti is on board as co-executive producer and Paramount has already signed on as a partner according to a sit-down interview that Ja conducted with Vibe.
“We’re telling the Murder Inc. story in-depth,” Ja revealed. “We’re looking to be placed at one of the channels where we can act crazy. Showtime or HBO. It’s gotta be raw, it’s gotta be uncut.”
Ja Rule goes on to talk about how their story is important to hip-hop. While he certainly wasn’t the first rapper to harmonize on songs, as he puts it, he made it "his thing." A quick look at today’s hip-hop climate and it's hard to deny that influence across the genre.
Much bigger than just the flagship artist, Murder Inc. helped to introduce and develop young talents like Ashanti and Lloyd, both of whom have enjoyed successful carrers selling millions of records, touring the world, and helping the Inc. stay afloat. No label is without faults, though. Artists like Charli Baltimore, Black Child and Cadillac Tah never released a full-length album while signed to the label.
Most famously, or infamously, is the label's relationship to January 4, 2003. On that date, the offices of Murder Inc. were raided by the feds, who believed that Irv was laundering money for Kenneth McGriff, known in hip-hop as Supreme, who was a drug dealer. The FBI had been investigating the label for a year.
It wasn’t until 2005, when the FBI tied Irv Gotti and his brother to helping Supreme launder over one million dollars through Murder Inc. that things got really interesting. The pair turned themselves in on January 25, 2005, and posted a cool million for bail. Later that year, in November, the trial began and lasted only a month. The pair was acquitted of all charges, but had they been convicted they could have faced up to 20 years behind bars.
Needless to say, a Murder Inc. series would be very entertaining. The raid and the immidiate aftermath only scratch the surface. The show could potentially explore Ja's beef with 50 Cent, providing more insight to what was happening on Ja’s side of things when 50 relentlessly released diss record after diss record. All controversy aside, even just witnessing the rise of one hip-hop’s memorable labels would make for good television.