Irv Gotti has taken to Instagram to announce the revival of Murder Inc. Records, the former home of Ja Rule, Ashanti, and Charli Baltimore.
“I’m about to RE LAUNCH MURDER INC RECORDS,” he wrote. “I got some new artist. New music. Same fucking MOVEMENT! The Worlds Most Talented Record Label.”
The producer-mogul went on to say that his label, which was eventually renamed The Inc., was forced to restructure due to legal issues.
“Everyone had a lot of fun. While I had to re group from the Feds coming after me,” he added. “Had to plot and plan and fall back while I watched everyone else eat. I watched gracefully. I applauded and congratulated everyone who deserved it. Never one bone of hate in my body. I love to see my ni**as win and eat. BUT ITS MY TURN NOW!!”
Gotti also promises that more “major announcements” are “coming soon.”
In its heyday, throughout the early aughts, Murder Inc. had an impressive run of hits, mainly from Ja Rule and Ashanti. Compounded with legal troubles, the label’s ill-fated feud with 50 Cent and G-Unit led to an eventual collapse.
In 2013, Irv reflected on this fall from grace. “It wasn’t just one thing,” he said. “Everything came at us.” At the time, Gotti promised that his label would return to glory one day, adding: “I think we gon’ rule the world again.”
It is unclear whether Ja Rule will be involved in the relaunch. The rapper is currently under fire for his involvement in the controversial Fyre Festival, which is facing several lawsuits including one for $100 million.