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New York (AP) - Federal investigators believed that crack kingpin Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff and employees of rap label Murder Inc. plotted the attempted assassination of rapper 50 Cent as revenge for a song detailing McGriff's criminal past, newly released law enforcement documents show.
Investigators also probed whether Run-DMC disc jockey Jam Master Jay was shot to death in 2002 for defying an unspoken recording industry blacklist of 50 Cent, the documents show.
The allegations are laid out in a search warrant affidavit filed last week in support of a routine motion by the defence attorney for Murder Inc. founder Irving "Irv Gotti" Lorenzo, who is charged in a racketeering case with using his chart-topping label to launder more than $1-million (U.S.) in McGriff's drug money. The affidavit was published Tuesday on The Smoking Gun Web site.
Internal Revenue Service criminal investigator Francis Mace writes in the 2003 document, filed under an application to search Murder Inc.'s Manhattan offices, that investigators believed the shooting of 50 Cent in May 2000 was revenge for the song "Ghetto Koran," which recounts some of the history of McGriff's reign as head of one of the city's most violent drug crews.
Investigators also were looking into links between the McGriff-50 Cent rivalry and the killing of Jam Master Jay, whose real name was Jason Mizell. The DJ's shooting in his Queens recording studio remains unsolved.
"Agents are still trying to determine whether Mizell's homicide has any connection to the ongoing dispute between McGriff and 50 Cent," Mace wrote. "Law enforcement agents are investigating the possibility that Mizell was murdered for defying the blacklist of 50 Cent."
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn, which is overseeing the investigation, had no comment on the document.
An attorney for McGriff, Robert Simels, said that while he no longer represented McGriff in this case he was familiar with the document and it represented "much ado about nothing." He said the allegations in the affidavit disappeared from later government filings, leading him to conclude that even the government no longer believed them.
McGriff's current trial attorney and Lorenzo's attorney did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment Tuesday.
McGriff and some Murder Inc. employees were continuing to plot the murder of 50 Cent, Mace wrote, citing text messages to McGriff from associates tracking the rapper's whereabouts.
In one message Lorenzo's brother reported 50 Cent's appearance on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, in the area of Queens where McGriff, Lorenzo and the rapper grew up, Mace wrote.
"50 is in the hood guy r. brewer!" the message said, according to the affidavit.