Murder Inc. launched the lucrative careers of Ashanti, Ja Rule and Lil’ Mo. Founded by music executive Irv Gotti, the label got off to a speedy start, garnering the reputation as one of the most successful labels of its time. But things became rocky for the label when Gotti was accused of money laundering, and Ja Rule feuded with 50 Cent. The public image was further damaged by murders in beefing rappers' crews. Gotti ultimately decided that the label would simply be called "The Inc." and spent the next years recovering considerably. Now, however, the label is inactive (but not defunct).