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Published on March 3rd, 2022 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


BET Announces Original Music Documentary Series to Recount the Story of Label Murder Inc.

BET just announced a new original unscripted documentary series “MURDER INC” W/T. The five-part television event 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 RuleAshantiLloyd, 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. “MURDER INC.” W/T is scheduled to premiere Summer 2022 on BET.

“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.”

MURDER INC. W/T” is executive produced by Irv Gotti (“Tales”), Ja RuleDarcell Lawrence, and Chris Costine for Visionary Ideas and Tiffany Lea Williams for BET. Michael J. Payton to serve as Director.


Featured Image: Irv Gotti and Ja Rule (Photo Credit Sam Hicks)

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