Hip-hop performer Irv Gotti wasn’t always the most devoted husband. But now, in the guise of his wife, he may have met a savior who will free him from the life of an infidel.
After producing the hit Can I Live from Jay-1996 Z’s album Reasonable Doubt, the 48-year-old music executive rocketed to popularity. Since then, he’s produced a slew of hit singles for a variety of singers and launched his own label, Murder Inc.
He can now be seen on VH1’s flagship franchise Hop & Hip Hop alongside socialite Erica Mena and other hip-hop icons, producing TV and reality shows.
His BET series Tales, which premiered on June 27, 2017, has been renewed for a second season, which will premiere later this year. Irv signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music in March 2018, according to reports.
The first episode of Season 2 of Tales will air on BET on April 23, 2019. Each episode will tell a fresh “story” based on hip-hop songs from the past and present. The announcement that veteran music celebrities Ben Vereen, Mary J Blige, and Rick Ross will star in season two of Irv Gotti’s blockbuster series Tales was officially verified by the Shows’ broadcasting station BET on December 20, 2018.
Irv’s Career: Record Label Success Around 1900 Born Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr., Irv’s first production credit is on Mic Geronimo’s Shit’s Real album from 1994. Can I Get A.., a Jay Z single starring Amil and Ja Rule, was released four years later by the hip-hop beatsmith. He created an instrumental in 1999 that would later appear on DMX’s third album, And Then There Was X.
Between Me and You(Ja Rule ft. Christina Milian), What’s Luv? (Fat Joe ft. Ashanti & Ja Rule), I’m The Real(Jennifer Lopez ft. Ja Rule), Foolish(Ashanti), and Gangsta Lovin(Eve ft. Alicia Keys), to name a few, the Hip-Hop producer found his niche, sing-songy rap targeted primarily for the radio audience, in
Iconic Murder Inc. Records is up against it
In 1997, Irv and his brother Chris co-founded Murder Inc. Records. Many successful musicians, including Ja Rule, Ashanti, Lloyd, Ashanti, Christina Milian, and Vanessa Carlton, were signed to the record label during its early years.
Unfortunately, his label hasn’t had a chart-topping single since 2003. During the same year, an inquiry into the brothers was launched, accusing them of money laundering as a result of their ties to New York City drug lord Kenneth McGriff. Despite being exonerated of all charges, their golden goose record label failed to reach the heights it had in the beginning.
He was born Irv Lorenzo in Queens, New York, and is of black and Dominican origin. Irv looks up to his father, Irving Domingo Lorenzo Sr., as a role model and thanks him for his sacrifices for the family. Similarly, he uses his social media sites to wish his mother, Nee Nee, a happy birthday. The head of Murder Inc. was born into a destitute family as the youngest of eight siblings.
He has a net worth of $60 million dollars as the creator of the hit BET series Tales.
Married Ashley Martelle, a former Taz Angel
Ashley Martelle is the wife of the hip-hop personality. Ashley, his wife, is a former Taz Angel. Taz Angels are escorts who live in a house in DC and party all day and night, according to Urban Dictionary.
Ashley, his then-girlfriend, shared a video of them practicing oral sex on snap chat in August 2016, causing a public reaction against him online.
Keeping Girlfriends Against Wife’s Requests
Irv is no stranger to scandals; he and his ex-wife called it quits in October 2013 after years of cheating rumors and harboring girlfriends across the country. He and his ex-wife Debbie had three children together: Sonny and JJ Gotti, the oldest and youngest sons, and Angie Gotti, the middle daughter.
Debbie was adamant about Irv changing his unfaithful ways and acknowledged that there was nothing between them in a 2009 interview with Essence, despite the fact that they were still working on the same reality show Gotti’s Way together.
Their divorce appears to have been a long time coming. In an interview with The Guardian in 2002, the Can I Live producer acknowledged to having mistresses and girlfriends while married to his wife. Despite their divorce, Irv and his ex-wife Debbie have a good connection. On Mother’s Day 2018, he congratulated his “Babies Mama” on her wonderful children. He mentioned in the caption that Debbie deserves half of the credit for their children and that he will always be there for her until the end.
The Hip-Hop producer appears to have put his unfaithful ways behind him and learned from his mistakes, as no new adultery charges have surfaced since his marriage to Ashley. Ashley, his second wife, is his second chance to make a good first impression.
He’s already over ex-lover Ashley, who is 20 years his junior, and has put an end to any hopes of rekindling their romance via Instagram. Gotti has rekindled his relationship with Val Mercado, a 26-year-old model and aspiring actress who was previously linked to American rapper Tyga. In August 2018, Irv officially announced the relationship on Instagram.
We’ll have to wait and see how long the 49-year-old music executive’s current romance with Val lasts, given his history of failed partnerships and adultery.
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