UPDATE Interscope Recs In Coke Bust Flap



UPDATE: By the end of the day yesterday (Sept. 16), Interscope Records had issued a statement regarding the matter below. Billboard.com reports that a company spokesperson commented:

“The information being reported in the press regarding Interscope
Records’ involvement with the ongoing criminal prosecution of James
Rosemond is both erroneous and completely unsupported. Interscope
Records has been informed by the United States Attorney’s Office for the
Eastern District of New York that there is no evidence that any
employee of UMG or Interscope Records had any involvement in the drug
trafficking ring being prosecuted by that office, nor any knowledge of
the contents of any of the packages that were purportedly shipped to its
offices. Further, neither UMG nor Interscope Record are a subject or
target of the investigation.  UMG and Interscope will continue to
cooperate with the United States Attorney’s Office regarding this



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sniff at! Innovative, though traditional, method discovered to combat declining
revenue from music piracy.


By Perez Mills


There’s music biz gossip, and then there’s music biz gossip. Yesterday The Smoking Gun reported on
allegations by federal prosecutors that the offices of Interscope Records were
used by dope dealers to send “large amounts of cocaine and cash back and forth
across the U.S. in music ‘road cases’ [and arrange] pickups and deliveries” at
those offices. Shipping records have apparently been unearthed that outline
multiple pickup and delivery transactions via the Rock-It Cargo freight firm –
the aforementioned music cases were “alternately stuffed with kilos of cocaine
and upwards of $1 million in cash.”


Yes, that would be how pickups and deliveries are generally
handled in the drug business. Money goes in one direction, and dope in the
other. At least that’s how we used to do it back during our hustlin’ days.


James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, CEO of Czar
Entertainment, also manager of Interscope artist The Game, was indicted this
week on 18 felony charges related to the case. It’s alleged that Rock-It made
deliveries and pickups at Interscope as well as a Manhattan recording studio. Interscope is
owned by Universal; a spokesperson for the media conglomerate did not respond
to requests for comment from Billboard or other media outlets.


It boggles the mind: people at a record label involved with
DRUGS? And COCAINE? What is this, the friggin’ EIGHTIES or something?!? Maybe
someone should start examining the fine print on all those rappers’ concert
riders just like back during the hair metal ‘80s….


Read the entire report at The Smoking Gun, including scans
of the original source document.


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