James Rosemond spent 20 years in the music industry, building artists and his own personal brand. Managing premier acts in rap and R&B, such as Game, Brandy, Akon, Sean Kingston, among others, and quarterbacking Czar Entertainment, Rosemond had made quite a name for himself. However, Rosemond’s moniker “Jimmy Henchman” rings out even more in the industry and the streets. Drug trafficking and violence are associated with that name, and accusations of his participation in those activities are why Rosemond is sitting behind bars, presumably for the rest of his life. According to Don Diva reports:
On June 5, 2012, Rosemond, 48, was convicted of running a continuing criminal enterprise (CCE). The Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute (commonly referred to as CCE Statute or The Kingpin Statute) is a United States federal law that targets large-scale drug traffickers who are responsible for long-term and elaborate drug conspiracies. Rosemond’s 13-count indictment included charges of drug trafficking, money laundering and witness tampering.
Four months later, on October 25, 2013, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus five years. The government sought the forfeiture of $10 million and also seized a $1-million condo along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, as well as a pair of apartments in a downtown Brooklyn condominium that Rosemond purchased for $2.6 million.
On June 22, 2012, just weeks after his June 5 conviction, four charges were levied against Rosemond in connection with the September 2009 murder of Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher, an associate of the G-Unit. Police alleged Rosemond arranged for Fletcher to be killed as part of a long-standing feud between Rosemond and 50 Cent, and in retaliation for an assault on his son in 2007.
His punishment for allegedly ordering the hit on Lodi Mack was life plus 20 years in federal prison.
One of the instances that added to Rosemond’s “boogeyman” image in the industry was the 1994 incident in Quad Studios, when hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur was shot and robbed. The LA Times erroneously reported in 2008 that Rosemond masterminded the assault based on fabricated information gleaned from federal inmate and con artist James Sabatino. Though the Times retracted the story, the damage was already done to Rosemond’s reputation. The shooting went on to be seen as the impetus for the tragic “East vs. West” rap feud that claimed the lives of Tupac and the late, great Notorious B.I.G.
Now, Rosemond looks to clear up rumors of his involvement in Tupac’s shooting once and for all, with a new mini-documentary. The doc features never-before-heard audio of 1995 interviews, conducted by the legendary Fab Five Freddy, with people who were there: Rosemond, Biggie and Randy “Stretch” Walker. View the doc below. For more info on James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, visit his official website.