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Irv Gotti has apologized for saying DMX's death was caused by smoking a "bad dose of crack mixed with fentanyl."
The hip-hop mogul, who helped discover the late rapper, admits he was "talking out of turn" when he suggested DMX died from smoking crack mixed with fentanyl during a chat with Chicago's 107.5 WGCI late last month.
"They said it was a bad dose of crack, and they said some drug fentanyl was mixed in with the crack and that's what made him overdose," Gotti told the morning show. "Then when he got to the hospital, he got diagnosed with COVID and he couldn’t breathe..., so that's why he had to get hooked up to the ventilator."
Initially it was reported that DMX died after suffering a heart attack, brought on by a drug overdose.
But DMX's family members said he received a Covid-19 vaccine a few days before he passed, and that drugs were not involved in his death.
Gotti's interview drew backlash from his peers, including 50 Cent and Swizz Beatz (pictured below with DMX).
"1st off. Let me say again. How much I love my n**ga X," Gotti wrote... "Now Everything I said. Had already been reported in the media. If you look back at media outlets. everything I said had been out there already. I did not break anything I said. But you know what. I understand. No one wanted to hear it from me. And for that I am truly sorry."
Gotti also personally apologized to DMX's ex-wife, Tashera Simmons, for commenting about the rapper's death.
"I apologize for talking out of turn," he wrote. "In my defense. I honestly thought I wasn't saying anything that everyone didn't hear already. If anyone thinks the love I have for X is nothing but genuine unconditional love. Just look at our history. Really look at it. And there is no way you can think that."
DMX's official cause of death has not been released by the coroner's office.
Last week Black Mafia Family (BMF) kingpin Terry "Southwest T" Flenory, 50, was released from a federal prison after serving 12 years of a 30-year sentence on drug trafficking charges.
Now that Flenory is a free man, he is calling in all the under-the-table loans he made to rappers before he went in.
Flenory apparently tapped 50 Cent to put out the word that the BMF mafioso is calling in his outstanding loans. The short list of "loan recipients" include Jeezy and Irv Gotti.
Gotti is allegedly into Flenory for a cool million. The amount Jeezy owes was not disclosed publicly.
"how you borrow a million dollars from street ni99as, see them get 30 [years]. and don't put nothing on the books," Fiddy wrote in the caption of a photo of Gotti signing a contract. "that 30 [years] sounded like forever didn't it. well @bmfboss_swt_263 home now bitch! talking about you signing deals, where the money punk?"
In a follow up post that showed a man holding a large hunting knife to Gotti's ear, Fiddy wrote:
"boy you best be coming up with that money you borrowed it’s Monday fool. @irvgotti187 pay your debt..."
50 Cent called out Jeezy on Instagram last week. Apparently, Jeezy paid back Flenory the money he owed with interest. 50 Cent confirmed Jeezy settled his outstanding loan -- after borrowing the cash from Hollywood mogul Sean Combs:
"at jeezy all checked in, he called puffy and got on with @bmfboss_swt_263 every thing all good. #starz."
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Irv Gotti says rappers are an endangered species in hip-hop because Black people won't stop killing each other.
The 49-year-old music industry exec shared his thoughts about rappers being killed more than any other artist.
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Up-and-coming Brooklyn drill rapper Pop Smoke was killed by four gunmen who broke into his Hollywood Hills home last month.
"It's sad, it really is sad," Gotti said in a street interview with toofab.com.
"It's a tragedy. 20 years old and they took his life," the Hollis, Queens native said.
"I love hip-hop, so I hate shit like that... It happens in hip-hop a lot. And it's just -- I wish our people was different. You know what I'm saying? I wish our people would think for one second. 20 years old, bruh. It only happens in hip-hop. And I don't wish that on nobody, but, you know what I'm saying. It's not like you're ever gonna see Justin Bieber get smoked, or whatever. And it's only hip-hop.
Gotti, real name Irving Lorenzo Jr., is a music producer and founder of Murder Inc Records. He was born to mixed race Black and Filipino parents.