James Rosemond, Rap Music Manager/Cocaine Trafficker, Sentenced To Life In Federal Prison

James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, the rap music manager who also headed a multimillion-dollar cocaine distribution ring, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

During a hearing today in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, Judge John Gleeson gave Rosemond, a 48-year-old repeat felon, a life sentence for his conviction last year on narcotics trafficking charges.

Before sentencing Rosemond, Gleeson said, “Not all kingpins deserve this, but you certainly do.” Describing Rosemond’s narcotics ring as “astounding in breadth, duration, and intensity,” Gleeson declared that, “You chose this life. And this is the punishment you get.”

When Gleeson asked whether he wanted to address the court prior to sentencing, Rosemond, dressed in a dark prison uniform, declined. 

Pictured in the above mug shot, Rosemond is scheduled for trial next month on a separate federal indictment charging him with orchestrating the 2009 murder of an ex-con who had assaulted his teenage son. The victim, Lowell Fletcher, was an associate of music industry rivals with whom Rosemond was feuding.

Rosemond, who founded Czar Entertainment, previously managed rappers The Game and Too Short, and had business dealings with numerous other public figures, including Wyclef Jean, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Mike Tyson.