Jimmy Henchman found guilty/Roc A Fella co founder sentenced to 5 years/50 Cent & Oprah?/

Posted: June 6, 2012 in Hip Hop News

James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond Found Guilty On All Charges, Faces Life In Prison

The drug conspiracy case of Hip-Hop executive and former manager of several prominent music and entertainment stars, James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, has come to an expected close today after jurors found the Czar Entertainment mogul guilty on 13 counts of drug charges. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn Federal Court built a case alleging that Rosemond headed a $10 million-per-year coke operation dubbed loosely as the “Rosemond Organization,” a multi-state drug operation that involved key players in the Hip-Hop world.

After weeks of testimony and several public admissions of drug involvement from Henchman’s camp, the Rosemond defense team was fighting an uphill battle in challenging the government’s case. An exclusive quote from AllHipHop, who has been covering the case from the start, captured the the defense’s dissatisfaction with  the verdict.

“I am very disappointed by the verdict,” Rosemond’s lawyer Gerald Shargel said to AllHipHop. “There were a lot of reasons to doubt the government’s case.”

Rosemond’s case read like a Hip-Hop crime saga with rappers such as Game and Slim Da Mobster alleged to have been indirectly involved with the operation. Other explosive details include Rosemond using Interscope Records offices to carry out drug and cash transactions, while the Czar Entertainment CEO was also accused of erecting an elaborate system of coke delivery via music crates between Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta.

Rosemond once managed the careers of Mike Tyson, Sheek Louch, Brandy, Akon and Gucci Mane among others under his Czar Entertainment management firm. Rosemond, facing life in prison, will be sentenced at an unconfirmed date.(hiphopwired.com)

Roc-A-Fella Co-Founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Conspiring To Distribute Marijuana

 Kareem “Biggs” Burke, who is most famously known as one of the co-founders of Roc-A-Fella, was sentenced earlier today (June 5) to five years in prison for conspiring to distribute over 100 kilos of marijuana.

The NY Daily News is reporting that Burke, 38, “was snared in a federal drug sting called “Operation Green Venom,” which targeted a trafficking ring that controlled most of the wholesale pot market in the city.” The drug sting led to the arrests of over 50 people involved.

Reports state that Burke swore to Manhattan Federal Court Judge Loretta Swain that the two would never see each other in court again. She responded, “Nothing personal, but I’m going to keep you to that promise.”

Back in October of 2010, Burke, along with 40 others, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for their involvement with a narcotic ring at the time. Special Agent Jim Hayes told the NY Post at the time of arrest regarding the narcotics ring, “It was transported in bulk from Florida to New York. From there it was divvied up among three main cells in the NYC-area and distributed to their clients. As the investigation continues, we want to make sure that other rival networks or other co-conspirators cannot use the same tools.”

Burke, along with Dame Dash and Jay-Z, co-founded Roc-A-Fella records in 1996. The business trio went there separate ways in 2004 where Jay-Z eventually landed his own situation with his current label, RocNation, while Dash created DD172. (allhiphop.com)

50 Cent To Appear On ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ From Grandmother’s House

A cornerstone of his rap career, 50 Cent has had his share of beefs over the years, but one of his more hilarious spats is finally being put to rest. Yes, the entrepreneur and G-Unit general is making peace with none other than Oprah Winfrey on an upcoming episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”

The show, which airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Sunday, will feature the iconic host in an exclusive interview with 50 taking place at his grandmother’s house. The powwow has been years in the making as Curtis originally mocked Oprah’s lack of guest diversity back in 2006.

“I think she caters to older white women,” Jackson said at the time to Associated Press. “Oprah’s audience is my audience’s parents. So, I could care less about Oprah or her show.”

More recently, visiting “The View,” 50 said that he named his dog Oprah so he could learn to love something with her name. “It started out negative ’cause I thought Oprah didn’t like hip-hop culture,” he said earlier this year. “I got the dog and now I love Oprah.”

Even the trailer for the interview mentions “years of feuding rumors,” but we’re sure the air will be cleared when the sit-down airs this Sunday (June 10). (mtv.com)


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