September 08, 2005
MO GOSSIP 2 GO 9/8JAM MASTER JAY DEATH LINKED TO MURDER INC.???
The feds are looking into whether Queens drug kingpin Kenneth (Supreme) McGriff is behind the death of Jam Master Jay because the deejay ignored an industry “blacklist” of 50 Cent.
The information, obtained by the Smoking Gun web site, appeared in a 2003 affidavit used by federal agents to obtain a search warrant for the offices of record label Murder Inc., founded by McGriff’s longtime associate Irving (Irv Gotti) Lorenzo. The document reveals that McGriff had been keeping tabs on 50’s whereabouts with the ultimate plan of his shooting death. Beef between the two reportedly began in 2000, when Fif released a song called "Ghetto Koran" that included details about McGriff's "Supreme Team" drug gang.
"The investigation has uncovered a conspiracy involving McGriff and others to murder a rap artist who has released songs containing lyrics regarding McGriff's criminal activities," the affidavit reads. "The rap artist was shot in 2000, survived and thereafter refused to cooperate with the law enforcement regarding the shooting. Messages transmitted over the Murder Inc. pager indicate that McGriff is involved in an ongoing plot to kill this rap artist and that he communicates with Murder Inc. employees concerning the target."
McGriff is currently facing multiple murder charges in Brooklyn Federal Court. Gotti and his brother Chris will also go on trial on charges of laundering McGriff's drug cash through the record company.
The affidavit also says that 50 was "blacklisted in the recording industry" shortly after the release of “Ghetto Koran.” According to Internal Revenue Service agent Francis Mace, the Oct. 30, 2002, murder of Jam Master Jay, the former Run-DMC deejay whose real name was Jason Mizell, may be tied to the drama between McGriff and 50 Cent.
"Law enforcement agents are investigating the possibility that Mizell was murdered for defying the blacklist of 50 Cent," agent Mace wrote.
Jam Master Jay, 37, was shot and killed by masked gunmen who burst into his 24-7 recording studio in downtown Jamaica. His murder is still unsolved.
HOW THE WEST WAS 1
Goodbye Hilary Duff, hello Kanye West. The No. 1 debut of the rapper’s sophomore album “Late Registration” knocked Miss Lizzie McGuire down to No. 8, as debuts by G-Unit's Tony Yayo, Rihanna and other artists crowded into the top ten of The Billboard 200 album chart.
West’s Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam effort sold 860,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan, beating its nearest competition by more than 600,000. The total is almost double his previous album peak with 2004’s "The College Dropout," which opened at No. 2 with 441,000 units. That Grammy-winning set has gone on to sell 2.7 million to date.
Meanwhile, Yayo's "Thoughts of a Predicate Felon" (G-Unit/Interscope) opened at No. 2 on sales of 214,000, while Rihanna’s “Music of the Sun” (SRP/Def Jam/IDJMG) entered the chart at No. 10 after selling 69,000 copies.
Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/Def Jam) drops 3-5 on 86,000 copies; The Black Eyed Peas' "Monkey Business" (A&M/Interscope) falls to No. 6 with 84,000.
WE LOST ANOTHER ONE TO DIDDY
I have this theory that when you work with Diddy you only leave him 1 out 4 ways:
Never being seen or heard from again-
and the latter has once again proved to be true.Supermodel Tyson Beckford, at age 32, has decided to retire from the modeling business for good after his stint with Diddy’s Sean John clothing line soured him on the industry, reports the New York Daily News. “Sean John has turned me off to the fashion world,” said Beckford, who filed a breach of contract and trademark infringement suit against Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and his Sean John label in Manhattan Federal Court last month. "He doesn't understand fashion. If he wasn't in the music business, he wouldn't be in fashion. I was doing the brother a favor." The former Ralph Lauren model said he will instead focus on acting and auto racing.
ENTOURAGE STAR LIKES TO SHOW OFF HIS "PERSONAL ASSISTANT"
ENTOURAGE" hunk Adrian Grenier (above) is an exhibitionist. The star of the HBO hit comedy about Hollywood has a bathtub scene in an upcoming, New York-set flick, "Across the Hall." Grenier shows all in a bathtub scene, according to an on-set source. But the full-frontals didn't end with "cut!" "He enjoyed messing with the crew by showing his goods off at the end of some of the takes," we're told. The wrap party for the indie film is tonight at Chelsea's Home club.
DAVID LACHAPELLE VS THE SIMPSONS
What better Fashion Week kickoff than a nasty catfight between Jessica and Ashlee Simpson and legendary photographer David LaChapelle?
The 37-year-old LaChapelle spewed flames of hatred for the sisters Simpson at Tuesday night's benefit for the Brazilian charity Voice of the Streets at Churrascaria Plataforma Tribeca.
"They're everything that's wrong with music," LaChapelle seethed to Lowdown. "Out of everything combined, they're everything wrong with culture, and everything wrong with art, and what we think of as art and musical culture - in one family!"
LaChapelle, who not only shoots covers for Vanity Fair and Italian Vogue and makes music videos but also directed the critically acclaimed documentary "Rize," was just getting warmed up.
"They're nothing. They have nothing. They hold no interest whatsoever for anybody," he sniffed. "They're reality-red-carpet, lip-synching television stars. I don't know what they are beyond that. I don't think they offer anything."
So what did these innocent young ladies ever to do to him?
According to a source in the Simpson camp, LaChapelle is bitter that Jessica and Ashlee recently refused to pose for him for a Rolling Stone cover.
"When you do a cover with your sister, you both want to look like who you are," says the source. "David doesn't have that skill. The girls were looking for a photographer who wasn't a one-trick pony. He's good at what he does, but that's it."
LaChapelle's longtime producer, Fred Torres, yesterday fired back: "We've worked with everyone from Madonna to Janet Jackson, and have never had someone so on-again, off-again as the Simpsons. In the 10 years I've worked with David, I've never known anyone to be so difficult as they were."
LaChapelle was too busy packing for the Paris premiere of "Rize" to get on the phone, but he couldn't resist taking a final swipe in a statement that he issued through Torres.
"I was only doing it because of my relationship with Rolling Stone," he said. "We were going to try and make the Simpsons look cool. I realize now that is an impossible task."