Amidst rampant allegations of snitching, robbery and murder, filmmaker Don Sikorski is trying to get to the truth regarding James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond.
Currently serving a life prison term, the former record executive has a reputation that has preceded him wherever he goes. Don’s documentary series Unjust Justice – The Jimmy Rosemond Tapes is set to counter several urban myths about the man who has been labeled as the brains behind the 1994 robbery of Tupac.
In part two of this exclusive HipHopWired.com interview, Sikorski discusses the facts behind the infamous Quad Studios robbery, the real evidence presented in Jimmy’s trial, friends becoming foes and allegations that Sean “Diddy” Combs implied 50 Cent is aligned with the feds.
Check out Part 1 of this explosive interview right here.
HipHopWired.com: When I spoke to Haitian Jack last year he was very adamant about his innocence regarding the robbery. He pretty much singled out Jimmy without name-dropping.
Don Sikorski: Let me paint a picture for you because I was just talking to him [Jimmy] about this the other night. At that time he’s at a point where he is just getting into the Hip-Hop business. Not only that but he’s going from being a street guy who was making a lot of money, was involved in a lot of violence, almost got killed himself, kidnapped and shot three times in Brooklyn.
Now he is coming out of that and he is making his foray into the music business and he has one of his artists about to record a track with one of the hottest rising Hip-Hop stars. There is no documented problem with Tupac at all. So what’s the motive for him to assault Tupac? I don’t see the motive.
HHW: Rosemond states in your documentary that they did not have any evidence presented in his trial but there were a couple of key people who took the stand against him specifically his former Czar Entertainment employee Tony Martin.
Sikorski: I have someone from the organization that has gone on the record and told me how the drug dealing worked. This is very specific and people need to understand this. When you are charged with the kingpin charge, the government has to prove a number of things.
They have to prove they you are the head of five or more people and that you were trafficking more than 10 million dollars worth of drugs. Here is the fact; there was no Rosemond organization. It was a group of guys who included Henry “Black” Butler, Khalil Abdullah, Tony Martin and Muhammad Stewart. It wasn’t a pyramid; it was a bunch of owner operators. It was more like we are buying a set number of kilos and everyone would buy in. There was no organization.
When the government ultimately got evidence on all them. they told Tony “you’re going to jail for 30 years but if you say Jimmy was your boss and Jimmy sent you to pick up the drugs, then you’re going home tomorrow.” And this is not coming from me; this is coming from people who were a part of it. It was more of an investment group.
Is Jimmy completely innocent? No. Is Jimmy a drug kingpin? Emphatically no. You want to put Jimmy in jail for five to ten years? You want to put Jimmy in jail for the kilo he got caught with? Fine. But to put Jimmy in jail under the kingpin statute, the evidence of the trial does not support that other than some individuals getting on the stand saying Jimmy did it with no hard facts or evidence.
HHW: What else will we learn from this documentary series?
Sikorski: I think you’re going to learn a couple of things if I do my job right. I think you are going to learn how the federal government put a kingpin case against Jimmy and how that case was false. I think you are going to learn there was a US Attorney Todd Kiminski who was obsessed with Hip-Hop and any case that gave him the spotlight. And I think you’ll see how the media wrote stories that were factually inaccurate. Also the last 20 years of Hip-Hop and this nexus of drugs, crime and violence that went on whether it’s Jimmy’s beef with 50 Cent, what happened at Quad [Studios], his relationship with Chris Lighty, Puff Daddy; all this is covered.
HHW: Anything worth noting that will come out of those relationships you discussed?
Sikorski: When everything was going on with Jimmy, 50 [Cent] and Chris Lighty, Puffy made it a point to pull Jimmy aside and tell him point blank that 50 was talking to the feds and that Jimmy should be careful because 50 had a relationship with the police. Puffy wanted Jimmy to know that. This is at the time Chris Lighty was managing both Puffy and 50 Cent. To me that is some explosive information.
HHW: Throughout all the court documentation you have access to is it proven that 50 Cent was scheduled to testify at Jimmy’s trial?
Sikorski: I have not seen any documentation to support that nor do I feel that if he were a confidential informant or a source he would had have to testify. The only reason people get up there and testify is when the government has something on them. I can speak to Jimmy’s legal counsel about this. What you got to understand is that I have about 6,000 pages of documents of information and I have yet to come across anything yet.
HHW: Let’s discuss the assault on his son James Rosemond Jr. in March 2007. It is alleged that this incident led to the death of G-Unit associate Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher.
Sikorski: Here is what I can say and the way I am prefacing the documentary. There were three trials Jimmy was in. The drug trial was first. Then there was his first murder trial, which ended in a hung jury. And then there was the second murder trial. I do know they obviously assaulted his son. I understand there were several back and forth incidents between Tony Yayo, 50 and Mohammed Stewart who at the time was working for Jimmy.
The evidence that was in the murder for hire case is suspect at best in proving Jimmy had anything to do with it. It’s a lot of career life long criminals getting on the stand telling a perfect narrative. So I’ll reserve further comment as we have just been focused on the drug trial; I’m just starting to look into the murder trials.
HipHopWired.com: Lastly what is Jimmy’s involvement in this film?
Don Sikorski: I want to make something very clear. I am paying to produce this film out of my own pocket. I control what goes on the screen. When I went into this project Jimmy told me, “I want you to read all the transcripts, all the documentation and all the sworn affidavits from my legal defense team stating what they said happened in these proffer sessions is not true.”
I have been basing everything I say on clear documentation. Also I am not only speaking to Jimmy, I am also speaking to law enforcement who I have relationships with for 10 or 15 years. I take all of that and present it to the viewer so they can make their own decision. Jimmy going on the record and telling this story is compelling stuff and I think people will be very interested to hear the stuff that he is saying.