The Inc. Trial Slated To Start, Evidence Detailed, More Shocking Hip-Hop Connections Alleged

As the money laundering

and racketeering trial gets underway today (Oct. 24) against The Inc. (formerly

Murder Inc.) and the Gotti brothers (Irv and Chris Lorenzo); the federal government

recently provided alleged money laundering evidence against the defendants.

Ethan Brown, writer of new book "Queens Reigns Supreme:

Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip-Hop Hustler," will cover the

trial for AllHipHop.com and explain the case in detail to readers.

Here is some of the evidence the government plans to use against

The Inc:

Skytel

pager records and copies of checks ranging from $38,000 to $100,000 from Full

Circle Entertainment and prison phone records from Kenneth “Supreme”

McGriff.

Records from the Westin Swissotel Atlanta for John Simms (an alias for Kenneth

“Supreme” McGriff.

Statements

of Accounts from HSBC Bank from 10/1/02-10/31/02 and 11/30/02-12/31/02 for John

Bryant.

Records

from the Ritz Carlton for Leslie Pridgen.

Judgment

and conviction for Kenneth McGriff dated 11/29/88 of operating a Continuing

Criminal Enterprise (CCE). McGriff was sentenced to 12 years.

The US attorney’s office in Brooklyn conducted a two-year

investigation into The Inc., assessing the extent of the links between the label

and convicted drug lord Kenneth ‘Supreme’ McGriff.

In 2003 raided the Manhattan offices of the label seeking evidence

to solidify their case.

Shortly thereafter, McGriff, who is being tried separately from

Irv, was charged with the retalitory murder of Eric “E Money Bags”

Smith and various drug and weapons charges. Feds say Smith was gunned down for

the murder of Colbert "Black Just" Johnson.

Federal prosecutors continue to maintain that The Inc. was founded

by McGriff using drug proceeds.

McGriff allegedly provided proceeds from drug trafficking in

New York and Maryland as "start-up money" for the powerhouse music

label, which is home to Ja Rule and Grammy Award winner Ashanti.

Irv Gotti has previously denied any wrongdoing and said that

Murder Inc. was founded using $2 million dollars in seed money from Def Jam.

If convicted, McGriff, who also faces murder charges, could

receive the death penalty.

The Inc. CEO Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo and his brother Christopher

pleaded not guilty in January to money laundering charges.

Brown’s

book is causing a firestorm, offering a glimpse into the drug dealing underworld

that has ensnared The Inc., and affected the careers of various rappers.

Additionally, the book reveals the name of the gunman who allegedly

shot 50 Cent in 2000.

Brown’s book claims that Darryl "Hommo" Baum,

a stickup artist from Brooklyn, was the person behind 50 Cent’s shooting.

While 50 Cent himself has offered a number of possible suspects,

in the song “Many Men,” 50 Cent references Baum’s murder.

Hommo shot me, three weeks later he got shot down/Now it’s

clear that I’m here, for a real reason/ ’cause he got hit like I

got hit, but he ain’t f***ing breathing

Baum

was allegedly gunned down by Lil’ Kim’s ex-boyfriend Damion “World”

Hardy and his notorious Cash Money Brothers crew.

Hardy was hit with federal RICO charges in July, alleging that

he was the head of the murderous Brooklyn gang that operated out of Bedford

Stuyvesant, New York.

The area has produced some of hip-hop’s most legendary rappers,

including Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Big Daddy Kane, Fab 5 Freddy producer Easy

Mo Bee and others.

Baum’s murder is one of several murders that Hardy and

other CMB have been charged with.

Authorities also investigated Hardy’s involvement in a

September 2003 shooting at the Doubletree Hotel in Jersey City, where 50 Cent

and entourage were staying.

50 Cent had made disparaging remarks about Lil’ Kim on

Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show and hours later shots were reportedly fired

at the rapper and his entourage.

Police later charged a man associated with 50 Cent in the shooting.

The

intertwining nature of the Queens drug culture and the music business is detailed

in “Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip-Hop

Hustler.”

The book hits stores Nov. 22. The

author, Ethan Brown, will provide documents and explanations to AllHipHop.com

during the The Inc.’s federal money laundering and racketeering trial.

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