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Complex: Music Exec Jimmy Henchmen Opens Up About the Realities of Serving Six Life Sentences

James Rosemond can’t escape his past. Try as he may, the sins of his former life still haunt him. Known for years as “Jimmy Henchmen,” Rosemond has earned a reputation as a fearsome figure in the music industry as well as the streets. The fact that he’s currently serving six life sentences while waiting for a retrial on murder-for-hire allegations only adds to the mystique. But during the course of a two-hour phone conversation from prison, the longtime manager proves himself to be more benevolent than violent.

Transitioning from the streets to the music industry in the early 90s, Rosemond, who founded Czar Entertainment in 2003, made his mark as a manager, working with everyone from to The Game and Sean Kingston to Akon and Mike Tyson, among others. Despite all his success behind the scenes, Rosemond often found himself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. 2Pac infamously suggested that Rosemond set him up to be robbed back in 1994 (a charge Jimmy has always vehemently denied); before the turn of the century Rosemond served several years in Federal prison for gun possession and conspiracy to distribute cocaine; and, at the height of the beef between G-Unit and his client The Game, Rosemond and those close to him became targets as well.

In 2007, Rosemond’s 14-year-old son, James, Jr., was en route to his father’s Manhattan offices wearing a Czar Entertainment T-shirt when he was approached by Tony Yayo and his entourage. According to reports, the men surrounded James, Jr. and backhanded him across the face. Yayo was initially charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, but G-Unit’s Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher later admitted to being the one who actually assaulted Rosemond’s son and was sentenced to nine months in prison. Two weeks after his release in 2009, Fletcher was shot and killed in the Bronx.

Although Rosemond was eventually implicated in Fletcher’s murder and has spent the past six years in prison for the alleged murder-for-hire as well as separate drug trafficking charges—which collectively accounts for six life sentences—he maintains his innocence. “I never told anyone to kill the guy,” Rosemond tells Complex via phone. “When [a contact] told me he had a way to get to Lowell Fletcher, I asked if he could bring him to me. What these guys went ahead and did was ended up killing Lowell Fletcher, which was not what I asked them to do.”

Based on the shooters corroborating Rosemond’s account as well as errors made by the judge in the case, his murder-for-hire conviction was overturned last Falland he’s currently awaiting a retrial, tentatively scheduled for this November. In an extended jailhouse interview with Complex, Rosemond opens up about how the past six years have impacted his family, his friendship with 50 Cent’s deceased manager Chris Lighty, and the fakeness of the music industry.

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