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Irv Gotti Reuniting With Lyor Cohen?


Back in September, I reported that music executive Lyor Cohen stepped down as Chairman/CEO of Warner Music Group , after eight years. It was reported that he stepped down to develop a talent management agency. I also heard that he was doing some work with Kanye West but nothing has ever been confirmed.

It does look like I was correct when I mentioned that Cohen was launching a talent management firm. Sources are now saying that he’s reuniting with Irv Gotti. Yes, Cohen brought aboard Irv Gotti. Gotti has a great resume in the music industry. In the past, he worked with Jay-Z and DMX, and discovered Ja Rule and Ashanti.

According to the New York Post, “We further hear that Gotti is aiming to advise rapper Drake while Cohen, as Page Six previously reported, has been giving career advice to Kanye West. “If Lyor and Irv do work together, it’s possible they’ll have two of the biggest hip-hop stars under their management,” said a music insider after a photo showing Drake and Gotti meeting together appeared online. The deal between Cohen and Gotti was struck this week, sources say. Cohen, who exited Warner in September, has been quietly setting up his new company amid speculation over which of his old colleagues at Warner, or his previous label, Island Def Jam, he would bring onboard. A former Def Jam A&R exec who borrowed his industry moniker from Mafia don John, Gotti founded Murder Inc. records in 1997. He produced Jay-Z’s first hit “Can I Get a . . . ” as well as an album for “A Thousand Miles” singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton. The label was partially owned by Def Jam, and the violent-sounding Murder Inc. name was later changed to The Inc. But in 2005, Gotti was indicted for money laundering as part of a high-end drug ring along with his brotherChris Gotti. Both were later acquitted. Since then, Gotti tried to mount a comeback, launching a campaign last year to become president of Def Jam. However Gotti lost out on he job to Joie Manda, and sources told us Gotti’s past probably hurt his chances. “If you don’t want to hire me — the best man for the job, the man who will die for it — cool, I understand. You think . . . the feds may come in here again if you hire me, cool,” he told MTV News.”

Source: New York Post

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Don’t Call It a Comeback: Irv Gotti Headed To Atlantic Records?

Word in the music industry is that Murda Inc CEO and music executive Irv Gotti is headed to Atlantic Records. It’s rumored that Gotti recently had a secret meeting with Kevin Liles and Michael Kyser over at Lambs Club. Below is the NY Post is reporting the story:

Irv Gotti looks about to be getting back into the music business, possibly at Atlantic Records. The ex-Murder Inc. boss had a meeting with former Def Jam honcho Kevin Liles at the Lambs Club, and then left to meet with Atlantic president Michael Kyser. A restaurant spy said, “They looked like they were plotting to take over the world.” Gotti recently talked about Def Jam with MTV’s RapFix Live, saying, “Even though I’m the right man for the job … do something, put Kevin Liles back in there.”

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Throwback Friday: DMX, Irv Gotti & Jay-Z Throwing Up Their Middle Finger Inside The Studio

Back in 1998, platinum-selling rapper DMX, record producer Irv Gotti and music mogul Jay-Z were spotted inside of Sony Studios in NYC. This was considered the Golden Years of Hip-Hop. DMX is currently touring the states and is in the studio working on his comeback album. Jay-Z will be embarking on a United State “The Throne” tour with Kanye West, this Fall. As far as Irv Gotti, I haven’t heard anything about him lately. In the past, he produced  DMX’s “What’s My Name?,” Jay-Z’s “Can I Get A…”, and Ja Rule’s “Holla Holla”.

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