BET has set a documentary series on Murder Inc. to premiere this summer.
Murderr Inc. (working title) is a five-part event that will “narrate the untold tale of the rise, sudden fall, and redemption of Murder Inc. Records; and the mastermind behind the New York City record label, Irving “Irv Gotti” Lorenzo. Launched in 1999, following Irv’s remarkable success as a music executive at Def Jam, Murder Inc. Records played a vital role in launching the careers of some of the most influential voices in hip-hop, soul and R&B, including marquee artists Ja Rule, Ashanti, Lloyd, Charli Baltimore, Vita, Black Child, Caddillac Tah, and others. Each gripping episode will take viewers through the label’s beginnings to current day, featuring never-before-seen archival footage, a rich catalog of music chart-toppers and the power players that helped shape a musical era that would impact generations to come.
“Music is in our DNA. We thank our long-standing partner Irv Gotti, and the many talented artists at the iconic label for trusting our brand to tell their personal and inspiring stories,” said Tiffany Lea Williams, Executive Vice President of BET Unscripted Programming. “We look forward to bringing viewers a compelling music documentary series that reveals how this label consequently changed the music industry forever.”
“My life and Murder Inc. has been filled with many highs and lows. I got to work with my brothers and a lot of great people; from Jay Z, DMX, Fat Joe, Mary J Blige, to name a few,” said Irv Gotti, Founder, and CEO of Murder Inc. Records. “Also, I got to start my record label, Murder Inc. Records, with Ja Rule by my side. My life was filled with great lows, but I’m not ashamed of those lows. It all helped make me the person I am today. So, with this documentary series, I plan to tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help me GOD.”
“Pain is Love,” said Ja Rule. “We endured the pain so others could feel the love.”
The docuseries is executive produced by Irv Gotti, Ja Rule, Darcell Lawrence, and Chris Costine for Visionary Ideas and Tiffany Lea Williams for BET. Michael J. Payton is the director.