“They don’t call it gangsta rap for nothing–the thug image isn’t accidental,” New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a press conference Wednesday.
Kelly added that “this is not an indictment of rap music. If you’re involved with money laundering or drug dealing or committing murder, we’re coming after you, irrespective of [the music]. That’s our business.” [via E Online]
Uh-huh. Word on the street is that there will soon be a massive shakedown of Charlotte Church’s posse.
Label head Irv “Gotti” Lorenzo and his brother Christopher surrendered to the FBI on money-laundering charges today as federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment seeking to confiscate all the assets of their label, The Inc.
Their childhood friend, Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff, one of New York’s most notorious drug kingpins, was charged with murder, racketeering and other crimes that prosecutors said were intended to eliminate and intimidate potential witnesses. He already is in prison on a relatively minor gun charge.
Prosecutors believe McGriff and the Lorenzos funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug profits through The Inc., a chart-topping label owned partly by Island Def Jam, a Universal Music label. A Universal spokesperson did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. [via Billboard]
Contrary to earlier reports, that mistakenly named Supreme as Kenneth McGruff, not McGriff, he is not related to the crime fighting dog.