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Fenty gets some paper from hip-hop producer

Hip-hop producer Irv Gotti contributed $1,000 to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's reelection campaign, according to the mayor's latest campaign finance report filed Wednesday.

Gotti is listed in the report as Irving Lorenzo, a music producer at IG Records at a Manhattan address.

He was a last-minute contributor, paying by credit card on Wednesday, according to the report. His fame grew with hits for Ashanti, Ja Rule and Jay-Z, although Lorenzo has since moved into reality TV. In 2005, he and his brother were acquitted of federal charges that they used his record label, then known as Murder Inc., to launder money for a drug kingpin.

Although Fenty's image has been largely defined by his athleticism and retail politics, Fenty is a hip-hop head, according to friends. Last May, Fenty proved his rap knowledge by joining in with RUN DMC's Darryl McDaniels when he spat a few rhymes after a news conference on foster care.

Lorenzo's $1,000 contribution was part of $327,305.51 that Fenty raised from Feb. 1 through Wednesday, bringing his total to more than $3.9 million for his reelection campaign.

He's closer to earning what political insiders are calling him: the $4 million man. Fenty, however, has spent some funds. He has $3.3 million in cash on hand, according to the report.

Stay tuned to D.C. Wire for more on the campaign finance filings.

By Nikita Stewart  |  March 11, 2010; 3:44 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Ashanti, Fenty, Irv Gotti, Jay-Z, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Murder Inc., hip-hop, reelection campaign  
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Comments

Isn't Irv Gotti the man behind "Murder Inc."?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | March 11, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

No wonder DC is in so much trouble with crime and murder. A big part of the problems in the problem communities are the screwed up culture and behaviors. A large part of that problem is fueled by rap lyrics and the gangsta thug lifestyle that many of these hip hop and rap stars promote. Now not only is the mayor taking donations from people leading that bad culture, this article also states that he is a supporter of that culture and participates. He is just a well disguised Marion Barry!

Posted by: Hotelguest0 | March 11, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

So Fenty accepts money from Jay-Z's producer?

Where's the outrage from Rev. Al and Jesse? Jay-Z uses the "N-word" in many of his songs.

I guess Fenty is okay with colloquial use of racial epithets.

Yet Don Imus lost his job. What a world...

Posted by: Hk45 | March 11, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

What's a hop-hop producer?

Posted by: Gtown10 | March 11, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

So Fenty accepts money from Jay-Z's producer?

Where's the outrage from Rev. Al and Jesse? Jay-Z uses the "N-word" in many of his songs.

I guess Fenty is okay with colloquial use of racial epithets.

Yet Don Imus lost his job. What a world...


Uhhhhhh, Jay-Z's producer????? Where did you read that? Jay Z was never with Murder Inc. which is Irv Gotti's old label. You should at least have some facts straight when you decide to post your veiled racist rants. Don Imus supporter huh? LOL

Posted by: cnewso01 | March 11, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Rap music is garbage and what is Hip Hop music?

Posted by: Ward4DC | March 11, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Fenty "gets some paper" from HH producer?

What exactly is that supposed to mean? So did Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

I get it, the more unacceptable Fenty is the better. What better way to make him so than to associate him with the dreaded "hip-hop!!!!!!!"

Nikita, you should really be ashamed. Really you should but since you posted it, guess not. Hope your purpose is served.

Posted by: dcis1 | March 11, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused. I'm not sure what this article or any of your comments have to do with anything, and/or how one producer is responsible for the lyrics of every derogatory rap song in the history of rap. And how an entire genre of music defined by the negative, only. "You people" (and I mean that exactly how it sounds) are interesting. Definitely lacking exposure to anything other than your non-cultured lives. Good luck in this non-black and white (only) world. Find something intelligent to talk about....please.

Posted by: eastoftheriver | March 11, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Very lazy reporting. Why is this relevant? How about reporting contributions of people who receive non-competetive contracts or other gifts in kind.

Posted by: loved1 | March 11, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Wow how impressive to have an undercover hustler going as a producer donating to the Fenty Fund. He can't be that big time if he is only kicking out $1000 bucks. Question why is this hood donating money to Fenty and he is not even from DC? Wondering what Gotti is really after.

Posted by: msruby36 | March 11, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Oh Dear - this could only mean one thing - Irv Gotti will soon be the recipient of a DC Contract!

Posted by: missboo | March 11, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

This was an absolutely pointless article.

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | March 11, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Irv produced "Can I get a What" of off Hard Knock Life Vol. 2 and Watch Me off of Sean Carter Vol. 3.

Uhhhhhh, Jay-Z's producer????? Where did you read that? Jay Z was never with Murder Inc. which is Irv Gotti's old label. You should at least have some facts straight when you decide to post your veiled racist rants. Don Imus supporter huh? LOL

Posted by: digitalhustler | March 11, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Most of rap is horrible to listen to with extremely crude and derogatory lyrics. It is not Fenty's fault if some idiot, who nicknames himself "Irv Gotti" who was head of a record label called "Murder Inc," donates to his campaign. It is out of his control. However, it is bad press.

If I were Fenty, I would not let my supporters or handlers paint the picture of him being a "hip-hop head." There is nothing flattering about that. There is nothing in hip-hop nowadays that has a positive connotation. Most of hip-hop focuses on hyper-sexuality, violence, materialism, and nihilism.

Posted by: jabreal00 | March 11, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Uhhhhhh, Jay-Z's producer????? Where did you read that? Jay Z was never with Murder Inc. which is Irv Gotti's old label. You should at least have some facts straight when you decide to post your veiled racist rants. Don Imus supporter huh? LOL

Posted by: cnewso01


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Um, it's right there in the article. If you need me to, I'll quote it for you:

"His fame grew with hits for Ashanti, Ja Rule and Jay-Z, although Lorenzo has since moved into reality TV. In 2005, he and his brother were acquitted of federal charges that they used his record label, then known as Murder Inc., to launder money for a drug kingpin."

Posted by: Hk45 | March 12, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

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