September 13, 2019 — Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx will play fabled New York drug kingpin Kenny (Supreme) McGriff in a future movie according to the Gotti brothers, Irv and Chris, former owners of the Murder, Inc. hip hop label prominent in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Last week, Chris Gotti said in an interview on IHeartRadio that Foxx is signed to portray McGriff in a movie based on the Big Apple gangland icon that he and his brother intend on producing.

Foxx won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for playing pioneering R&B singer-songwriter Ray Charles in the Taylor Hackford-directed movie Ray. He recently played a gangster (Leon “Bats” Jefferson) in the hit 2017 film Baby Driver.

McGriff and his Supreme Team organization ran the Queens drug trade in the 1980s out of the Baisley Park Projects with an iron fist. The organization and its leader are both frequently name-checked in mainstream rap lyrics. The original Supreme Team was comprised of African Americans and Hispanics.

McGriff returned to the underworld upon coming home in 1994 but was more conscious of PR and tried veiling himself in legitimacy. By that time, McGriff

Rap superstar 50 Cent was famously shot nine times, allegedly on McGriff’s orders for McGriff feeling disrespected over the rapper’s Ghetto Qu’ran single. Per federal records, McGriff is suspected of ordering the 2002 murder of Run DMC DJ Jam Master Jay. Informants told the DEA that McGriff and Murder, Inc. “blacklisted” 50 Cent and McGriff put a hit out on Jam Master Jay for disregarding the blacklisting and producing what was supposed to be 50 Cent’s major-label debut (Columbia Records).

A character named “Majestic” inspired by McGriff appeared in 50 Cent’s 2005 autobiographical film Get Rich Or Die Trying. 50 Cent and Murder, Inc. flagship artist Ja Rule beefed on wax and in the streets throughout the early and mid 2000s.

When McGriff came out of prison from his 1980s drug case, the Gotti brothers arranged an introduction and immediately hired him to work for them at the Murder Inc. label. Teaming with McGriff, the trio optioned a number of books written by celebrated slain crime novelist Donald Goins to turn into movies.

Before they could really get on a roll, they were busted by the feds.

McGriff was indicted for the 2001 gangland killings of Troy (Big Nose T) Singleton and Eric (E Money Bags) Smith and charges were filed against the Gotti brothers for money laundering. While McGriff was convicted of the two murders in 2007, the Gottis (given name Lorenzo) were found not guilty at a separate trial.

Singleton has gotten into a physical altercation with an employee of the Gotti brothers in the months before he was gunned down as well as being suspected by McGriff of being the triggerman in a double homicide involving two of his associates. Smith was executed for killing Supreme Team lieutenant Colbert (Black Justice) Johnson in front of McGriff. Smith had been a rapper himself and was affiliated with hip hop legend Tupac Shakur, slain in 1996.

The Gotti brothers have found success in the television world lately with their hit show Tales on BET. Their first foray into movie making was 2001’s Crime Partners which they co-produced alongside McGriff and adapted from a Donald Goins book. At the Gotti brothers’ 2005 trial, federal prosecutors alleged the entire film project was engineered to wash McGriff’s narcotics proceeds.

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