Murder Inc. head Irv Gotti recently spoke on the shady dealings of the music industry and the common practice of supporting what is popular at the moment.
Irv described his business practices during the time period when Murder Inc. was taking over the airwaves.
“See, the music business is d*ck riders for the better part,” Gotti said in an interview. “I understand that it’s logic, I accept it but they’re d*ck riders. So they want a Dream beat right now or they want a Polow Da Don or whatever like that. They d*ck riders. And I know and I can say that with the utmost confidence because they d*ck rode me for a large time and I wacked ‘em in the head. Murder Inc. got all the hits, everyone’s calling me. The illest sh*t I ever did was I made someone pay me $50,000 just to get on the phone. I was an a**hole at the highest level. I said, ‘Yo listen man, send me $50k and I’ll get on the phone, if not f*ck outta here yo,’ I was an a**hole at the highest, yo, a quarter, you heard me, $250,000, I ain’t stutter,’ click. He sent that paper.” (MTV)
Aside from the business side, Irv previously weighed in his thoughts on celebrity couples including the authenticity of Jay-Z and Beyonce‘s marriage.
“I just don’t think most [celebrity relationships] are real and have a real foundation,” Irv explained. “I don’t think that it started with real love and everything. I think the way Hov is, everyone started getting on these celebrity couples after they seen Hov and [Beyonce] which I believe is the one true, real one. I want ‘em to make it. I like those two alot. Hov is my brother and I’m just happy for them now. But they thing looks really real and with everyone else, it’s like Hov tells you to take off your throwbacks and put on button-downs and that’s what they do. They see Hov with the power couple and that’s what they doing. That’s like what’s ‘in’ now.” (Hot 97)
Irv’s “Gotti’s Way 2″ returned to television sets last week.
This season follows the unique lives of record producer Irv Gotti, his estranged wife Deb and their three children where we’ll see Irv under pressure to keep up with the changes in the music industry while trying to keep his record label relevant. We’ll also focus on Deb as she struggles with their “arrangement” while she takes steps to gain some independence from Irv in an attempt take more control of her life. (PR Newswire)
His reality show was one of six programs renewed by VH1.
“VH1 is riding high on its most successful wave of original hit programming yet. We launched more new hit series than any other cable network in the first quarter of 2009,” said VH1 executive vice president, original programming and production Jeff Olde in a statement. “Much of our momentum can be credited to many of the franchises and talent that we’re renewing today. These upcoming projects will continue to set the mark for reality television while connecting with some of the most loyal viewers in all of television.” (Multi Channel)
Check out Irv’s interview below: