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 claimed in an interview on IHeartRadio that Foxx is signed to portray McGriff in a movie based on the Queens street 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 character in the 2017 film Baby Driver. McGriff and his Supreme Team organization ran the Queens drug trade in the 1980s. They have both been frequently name checked in mainstream rap lyrics dating back more than two decades.
Rap superstar 50 Cent was famously shot nine times, allegedly on McGriff’s orders for feeling disrespected over the rapper’s Ghetto Quran single. 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 in the mid 1990s, the Gotti brothers arranged an introduction and immediately hired him to work for them at the Murder Inc. label. They also optioned a number of books written by celebrated slain crime novelist Donald Goins to make into movies.
The feds indicted McGriff for the 2001 gangland killings of Troy (Big Nose T) Singleton and Eric (E Money Bags) Smith and filed charges against the Gotti brothers for money laundering. While McGriff was convicted of the two murders, the Gottis (real name Lorenzo) were found not guilty.
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 trigger man 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 in a feud money.
The Gotti brothers have found success in the television world lately with their hit show Tales on BET. They co-produced the 2001 movie Crime Partners together with McGriff adapted from a Donald Goins book.
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