The series, which will arrive in five parts, will place a heavy emphasis on founder and CEO of Murder Inc. Records Irv Gotti‘s role in the company’s success and downfalls. The label, which launched in 1999, is responsible for launching the careers of several top-shelf names in hip-hop, including Ja Rule, Ashanti, Lloyd, Charli Baltimore, Vita, Black Child, Caddillac Tah and several others.
“Music is in our DNA. We thank our long-standing partner Irv Gotti, and the many talented artists at the iconic label for trusting our brand to tell their personal and inspiring stories,” said Tiffany Lea Williams, Executive Vice President of BET Unscripted Programming, in a statement. “We look forward to bringing viewers a compelling music documentary series that reveals how this label consequently changed the music industry forever.”
The series is executive produced by Gotti, Ja Rule, Darcell Lawrence, Chris Costine (Visionary Ideas) and Williams (BET). Michael J. Payton is directing.
“My life and Murder Inc. has been filled with many highs and lows. I got to work with my brothers and a lot of great people; from Jay Z, DMX, Fat Joe, Mary J Blige, to name a few,” said Gotti. “Also, I got to start my record label, Murder Inc. Records, with Ja Rule by my side. My life was filled with great lows, but I’m not ashamed of those lows. It all helped make me the person I am today. So, with this documentary series, I plan to tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help me GOD.”
“Pain is Love,” added Ja Rule. “We endured the pain so others could feel the love.”
MURDERC INC. W/T is scheduled to premiere on BET this summer. An official release date has not yet been announced.
Elsewhere in entertainment, Kanye West has released a “Controlling Our Narrative” conversation on Facebook.