Irv Gotti’s record label, Murder Inc., which later shortened itself to The Inc., is probably one of the most epic rise-and-fall stories in Hip Hop history. What began in an early iteration as a three man group consisting of Ja Rule, DMX, and Jay-Z, became a chart-topping, Def Jam distributed behemoth that sold millions upon millions of records during its height.
Unfortunately, after losing its footing as the result of a violent feud — on and off wax — with 50 Cent and his G-Unit camp and IRS trouble, among other things, the label saw decline in both relevance and power post-2003. After losing the bulk of its artists by 2012, namely Ja Rule, Ashanti, and Lloyd (and even Charli Baltimore), Murder Inc. was for all intents and purposes, done (optically). That is, until today.