LINK: Complex‘s Irv Gotti Interview

In a new interview with Complex, music mogul turned reality TV star Irv Gotti is as candid as ever on a number of topics:

On Ja’s place at Murder Inc.:

“Ja owns Murder Inc. with me. Ja’s not just an artist. Ja’s family and forever. I don’t care if Ja sold one record. He’s the owner of Murder Inc. and we’ll go sign some new acts. Even if Ja’s career is over, he’s good. He started Murder Inc. He’s the first one that said “It’s Murda,” with “Holla Holla” and launched my label. So me and him go down in history forever. So, if he’s over then Gotti’s over.”

On the current state of the music business:

“Look at the sales. Look at “Ay Bay Bay.” That was the biggest song in the fucking country and he did 20-fucking-thousand units. This is the music business that we’re in. The Internet has totally taken the music business and stuck a big fat dick in its ass and now it’s fucked it. Now we’re trying to wiggle it out our asses and get that fucking shit up out of our ass and it’s tough. And it’s tough for everyone. 50 just now went over platinum. I know he’s sitting back like “What the fuck is going on?” He’s going to bottom out at like a million-two. [laughs]“

On why the Murder Inc. supergroup with Jay-Z, DMX & Ja never happened:

“The main reason was egos, and I’m not going to tell you which egos. That one I’m going to have to keep with me and don’t share with the public. But it was egos, and there were a few egos in there, but there was one ego that really prevented it…I tried twice. Hard. The first time I tried, Ja was only on his first album and he only did two million worldwide, which when you think of it now it’s like, ‘Wow, that’s a huge success.’ But he was the low man on the totem pole. In the beginning I thought maybe they don’t want to do it because Ja isn’t big enough to do that with them yet. But when Ja was moving six million worldwide, I revisited it [laughs], but it still didn’t happen.”

On his new artists:

I have a new artist named News, he gives me the same feeling that I had with X, that I’m about to unleash to the world….And then I have this new female artist that everyone knows, but I don’t want to say her name yet. The deal has been done, but it’s a real good sign for me. All of this is coming in ’08.”

On why his history with 50 is different from other rap beef:

“Unlike other rappers, we’ve had physical altercations with this guy. We whipped his ass and he sued us. So, it’s deeper than just words with me and him and Ja and him. It’s a real beef.”

CLICK HERE to read Complex’s full interview with Gotti!

  • beezie

    “IRV LOOKIN LIKE LARRY HOLMES FLABBY AND SICK” “ALL U OLD RAPPERS TRYIN 2 ADVANCE ITS ALL OVER NOW TAKE IT LIKE A MAN”

  • young un

    at least irv has realized that Ja’s career is dead and he aint in denial about it

  • beezie

    BY THA WAY 1ST BITCHES

  • Durty

    NIGGA MURDER INC IS AH FUCKIN RAP……..
    AND THIS AINT COMMING FROM NO 50 CENT FAN, OR NONE OF THAT SHIT..JA WAS COOL TILL HE FUCK UP TRYING 2 PLAY 2PAC ON THAT PHONE INTERVIEW, YALL NIGGAZ KNOW WHICH ONE..
    AND IRV GOTTI, NIGGA C’MON U AINT ITALIAN MUTHAFUCKA, STOP RIDING JOHN GOTTI AND THE GAMBINO FAMILY NUTS, WANGSTA

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  • NIQUI

    FUCK IRV WACK ASS

  • http://kellsfetish.com Lo-Doe

    I knew Murder Inc. wasn’t finished. I told e’body they coming back hard. Lloyd album hot. “The Mirror” can’t wait to support it. I always wondered why Murdergram (the supergroup Jay-Z, DMX, & Ja Rule) never took place. That would have been crazy. E’body was moving sales, X was hot at that time & Def Jam had a lot of promotion going on(Def Jam 2000). They had e’body dropping (check past album release dates).

  • Henzo Matsala

    “You ain’t no killa, you a pussy
    That exstacy dun’ got you all emotional and moushy
    Bitches wearin rags in photos, Ja’s words bein quoted
    In the SOURCE, stealin ‘Pac’s shit like he just wrote it
    You loud mouth, pray to God, hopin no one’s listenin
    See 50 comin for me, Oh my God my, my position
    No one will pay attention
    To me, please Gotti, here I go
    Gimme this pill, exstacy dun’ got me feelin so
    Invincible
    Now all of a sudden I’m a fuckin mad man who screams
    Like I’m ‘Pac but I’m not, enemies, Hennesy
    Actin like I’m great, but I’m fake, I’m CRAZY
    Sweat drip, get me off this trip, someone stop this train
    Some say my brain is all corrupted, fucked from this shit
    I’m stuck, I’m addicted to these drugs, I’ma quit
    Sayin mothafucka’s name’s before somebody fucks me up
    Ain’t no pussies over here, partner, see you hell,”

    This is how murder inc died.
    Infact them niggaz died long time ago, is just that they were leaving in denial. Now that the truth had came out, what the fuck is ja gonna do.
    Irv Gotti, he’s a sell out.
    Representing South Africai is your boy Matsala

  • It was all a Dream

    If they whooped on 50 ‘s ass so tough, how did 50 end up with Ja’s chain? Irv’s messed up in the head. His label has 3 artist on there. Just another publicity stunt to pump up Ja’s album which by the way has been pushed back…again.

  • DopeMg

    aye bay bay only sold 20k because the cd cameout 2 monthes after the single was hot and he knows ja and murder inc. is over thats why he is useing the “IF” as a replacement of “It Is” and 50 just went platnuim in the States but world wide he went double his first week go look it up and i aint a hater but ja will be lucky to move 50,000 murder inc is dead and their is a dick in the music industries ass but their is a even bigger one in irv’s becuse the fed’s raped his ass their whole idea was to take him to court and let him “win” the tril because when its all over he woud be broke lets be real do you think somebody with no more then 50 mill or less can beat the feds who work for the goverment and get money from every fuckin body in the states every year so now that irv is on hiss ass they collect money for his label,cars.house so next year irv and ja will be in the unemployment line singing for change while 50 is spending his vitemen water money so who really lost? 50 wins/feds win

  • Da Kid

    It’s MURDERRRRRR!!!! I can see what he’s talking about with the internet fucking the industry, LOL, the internet is fucking every form of media, I saw American Gangster AND The Bee Movie BEFORE they came out in theaters, the web is the enemy, but what do you do?

  • SOTHSIDE PLAYA

    IRV IS A BITCH IF HE COULD HE WOULD. SELL HIS SOLE FOR CHEAP TRADE HIS LIFE TO BE SUGE. YOU CAN BUY CARS BUT CAN’T BUY RESPECT IN THE HOOD.

  • SOUTHSIDE PLAYA

    @DopeMg BWOY STOP!! WHAT TYPE DRUGS YOU ON. DO YOU REALLY THINK IRV AND JA ARE BROKE. I HAVE NOT LIKE JA MUSIC FOR A MIN. BUT THEY OWN A LABLE LLOYD IS ON THAT LABLE. HE MOVED SOME UNITS THEY ARE NOT BROKE, BUT THEY DO NOT HAVE 50 TYPE MONEY, JUST A WHOLE LOT MORE THEN YOU. PLEASE BE QUIET YOU ARE NOW ON TIME OUT FOR TALKING WITH OUT KNOWING WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. DAM YOU LIL WHITE KIDS BE FRONTING.

    • DopeMg

      they are broke and they do own a label but they have to pay tax for that label, and ja dident move more then 15 mill/asanti only moved like 5 mill,and lloyd only moved 5 mill,so all together they probly only made like 35 mill counting the shit irv produced and if they aint broke then why did irv tell supream that he aint have shit after the trial and lloyd aint with them fully they only get a certin percent of his album sales which aint alot so murda inc is dead

  • trucker

    Gotti your fucking wack you fat piece of shit you never beat his ass quit wishing you cut the lights that day whan you tried to rush him in that studio you can’t hang with 50 with the light on your finished you punk bicth ja trying to be pac never ganna happen if pac was alive he would spit in your face your a punk and you perent did a good job by raising a punk bitch you to jeffrey

  • trucker

    Yeai got a question for all the wanksters if irv and jeffrey beat 50 up how in the hell did 50 end up with ja chain and when fif showed nas that he had jeffreys chain nas just laught and then irv and ja offer fifty a nice watch in return of that gay ass chain

  • God

    lmao at the kid who said 50 went double plat worldwide. He’s barely 1.5 worldwide now.

    • DopeMg

      50 did go double platnium in his first week he is only 1.5 mill in us and uk because soundscan only counts the sales from us and uk it dont count all the other places go check it out for yourself

  • TEFFLON

    DOPEMG…WTF U TALKIN BOUT, I CAN’T UNDERSTAND Y U SLUT MONKEY FAGGOTS SWEATING 50, HE’S FAKE…1ST HE MOCK JA FOR SINGING BUT ALL HE DOES IS SING….
    I DIDN’T REGRET DOWNLAODING 50 WACK ASS ALBUM & MADE 7 COPIES N GAVE TO MY WHITE FRIENDS…FUCK 50

    • DopeMg

      so your a fucking bum and your wife loves 50 and probly wants to fuck him and your probly mad cause she likes him you fuckin bum your whats wrong with hip-hop you fuckin bootlegger go out and support the artist

  • trucker

    Hey teflon your a hater and guess what iam tkeing a shit right now and guess what it muuuuuurda

  • relz14

    How many niggas hold they heat like Rule?
    Sidearm, barrel ta mouth ta blow ya head out through tha south,
    An’ let ‘Lil J get ta airin’ ya out.
    An’ if there’s any change left I toss ya on down ta tha west,
    An’ let (westside!!) tha road ride down on ya
    California, love is what ya crave so on ya grave
    it’s gon’ read: “Here lie Fifty, who snitched on many.
    That half a dolla, that nickel, them dimes, an’ died like penny.”
    An’ Murda Inc. will send they deepest condolences and sympathies
    ta Aftermath, ta Shady, Interscope and Jimmy,
    I mean ya know ya team they really some pee-ons, gettin’ peed on,
    an’ leaked on.
    I’m talkin’ ’bout faggot ass gay Dre young,
    an’ she told me all about how ya used ta take transvestites home,
    an’ occasionally wear thongs.
    No wonda Feminem be cross dressin’ in pumps an’ tight ‘lil dresses,
    my pumps, they leave big messes…
    An’ I know tha ‘Truth Hurts’ when I bus’ records,
    Battle of da sexes, is dat a woman or a man?
    I really don’t care ta stand but Fifty you gon’ get shot again
    by the M-U-R-E-D-R INC, I’m tha rappa that sings,
    totes guns an’ blades. An’ these Fed’s can’t discuss ‘em
    cause while he violatin’ ?? cryin’ bitch to Russell like:
    They shootin’…ahh makes ya shook an’ got Bus’ rhymin’ tha same ol’ hook.
    Like, they shootin’…I ain’t shoot up ya land,
    I’d a put ya in tha coroner van.
    Like my nigga J *muah*
    Tha Vanguish will be tha ghetto car when I clap at ya garage.
    An’ Em, whats tha du-rag for?
    You neva gon’ have waves, you’ll never know black pain
    but you can become tha first white rappa slain.
    Jus’ get yo money mayn, tha INC is runnin’ thangs,
    hideout wit ‘Loose Change’.
    An’ you nigga Ima send you ta mommy…
    wit strict ordas from Gotti ta hide tha body.
    An’ Dre, ya days comin’ too cuz I got a team of misfits thats quiet
    an’ handle they business, Cause….
    IM SHOOTIN’…at all yall niggas,
    an’ ‘Lil Mo you jus’ one of dem bitches
    that ain’t had a hot song in how long? NEVA!
    Ya betta off wit a dick in ya mouth, shutup!!
    Em ya claim ya mother’s a crackhead and Kim is a known slut,
    so what’s Haley gon’ be when she grows up?

    MURRRDAAA!! Yall know what it is.
    MURRRDAAA!! Yall know what it be.
    MURRRDAAA!! Yall know what it is.
    MURRRDAAA!! I-N-C (BOOOOOM)

  • DirtDogggy

    “The Internet has totally taken the music business and stuck a big fat dick in its ass and now it’s fucked it. Now we’re trying to wiggle it out our asses and get that fucking shit up out of our ass and it’s tough. ”

    That’s the gayest metaphour ever spit, this mutherfucker takes raw sausage, true story, Gotti your a fag’s fag..(no senator Craig)

  • Sol

    The industry has become weakened by the internet…but wit that said, Ja wasn’t gonna move that many units anyway because he’s not generating any interest. And I can’t say that Irv and Ja are broke, but I can say that they aint ballin like yall might think. Not selling records=Not making money. The only person that coulda been on Murda Inc that was actually sellin records these past few years is Lloyd. And just because you have the number 1 song in the country don’t equal the number 1 album. It takes more than that to sell an ENTIRE album.

  • SOUTHSIDE PLAYA

    @DopeMg check it out where

  • SOUTHSIDE PLAYA

    @TEFFLON DAM!!! WHAT 50 DO TO YOU, CAUSE YOU ARE REALLY MAD AT HIM. DO YOU KNOW HIM PERSONALLY OR YOU JUST HATING CAUSE YOU ON THE INTERNET FRONTIN. DAM MY DUDE CALM DOWN TAKE SOME RETALIN OR SOME SHIT. I BET IF 50 WAS IN YOUR FACE YOU WOULD NOT SAY NONE OF THE SHIT YOU TYPING FUCKING INTERNET GANGSTA.

  • L@@K @ ME!!!

    “Look at the sales. Look at “Ay Bay Bay.” That was the biggest song in the fucking country and he did 20-fucking-thousand units.” – Irv

    Huh?…Is you illiterate MF’er?

    “Ay Bay Bay” lost because he got “Superman’d” by Souljah Boy who stole his thunder amoung the teenage LCD crowd.

    America has gone “Cranck That” crazy – which was a real movement (check Youtube) versus that fake-ass thug wanna be “Rachette” trash Hurricane Flop’s producer tried to concock and slam down our throughts via radio.

    It’s 2007-08, the “Dope Boy”/”HoodFresh” (C)rappers are OVER!!!!

    In other words, he got out “Jigged” by a bigger Jig!

    He who “Coons” the best, gets the GOLD!

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