Gotti to keep Ensign stripes

Pact covers songwriting for multiplatinum acts

NEW YORK — Hip-hop impresario Irv Gotti has reupped his publishing deal with Famous Music division Ensign Music for his DJ Irv Music venture in a multi-year pact.

The contract covers Gotti’s songwriting for such multiplatinum acts as Ashanti, whose sophomore LP “Chapter II” (Interscope) bowed at No. 1 on the album charts last week, as well as Ja Rule, Charli Baltimore and Cadillac Tah.

As before, Famous will administer publishing rights worldwide. Gotti’s past successes include work with Jay-Z, DMX, Aaliyah, Foxy Brown and Toni Braxton.

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