Former Murder Inc. star Ashanti recently updated fans on her relationship with ex-labelmate Ja Rule and how realistic a full-fledged reunion is after years apart.
While she kept details to a minimum, Ashanti admitted there are plans to fully hook back up with Rule.
“I played him records from the album, he was super excited for me. We’re definitely gonna do something. Right now, we’re kind of like on our paths of–you know we haven’t put music out in a long time, so we kind of want to reestablish our own lanes first and then do something amazing together. Because the thing about it is, our chemistry is just so organic, it really doesn’t take a lot. If we get in the studio, we’re good, you know what I mean? So, we’re both really, really excited and happy for each other.” (Complex TV)
Although Ashanti said there is no feud or real dispute between them, she recently revealed being upset about ex-boss Irv Gotti‘s portrayal of her during their Murder Inc. run.
“Me and Irv, we are, um, there’s no beef,” Ashanti promised in an interview referring to Irv Gotti. “There’s definitely no beef but, for me, again, just me talking about my movement and being brave and brave heart and kind of just revealing a little bit more of myself at this point in my career, I feel like Irv kinda paints a picture of ‘what happened’ with me and Murder Inc., very one-sided. I hear him talk a lot about, ‘She’s disloyal,’ and ‘Oh, she didn’t throw up the M’s and she didn’t do this and that.’ And I feel it’s time to kinda set the record straight on what it really is.” (“The Hot 97 Morning Show”)
The New York native also talked about how hard she rode for their label through its dark days.
“I’m a Libra, I’m a very loyal person,” Ashanti added. “Anybody with any sense of logic could see that I rode out. I rode until the wheels fell off. [laughs] You know what I mean? I went to the trial, I was there, I was filming in Vancouver and in my contract, I wasn’t ever supposed to leave Canada. I came to the court, to the trial, three or four times when I was not supposed to. I was contractually doing what I was supposed to not be doing, paying those round trip tickets to come and support and it’s crazy because me and Irv weren’t even speaking. Like, we weren’t even speaking at all.” (“The Hot 97 Morning Show”)
Gotti recently admitted they still have a distanced relationship with one another.
“Ashanti is Written Entertainment,” Gotti said referring to Ashanti’s new label when asked about their relationship. “We’re good. We talk, we talk when we come around but honestly, I wish it was better. You know what I’m saying? I wish we was better. … I have nothing against being around her or letting everyone know that we’re cool, you understand? I don’t know if she feels the same way or whatever like that. It’s all good. … The bottom line with Ashanti is I love Ashanti. When you love somebody and they do things that you may agree with, you react differently and think but it’s only because I love that girl. We did something. We were in the Guinness Book of World Records. I don’t know if she wants [to team back up]. … She don’t want that. We over here throwing them M’s up ’til we die. You know what I’m saying? I don’t know if she wants to do that.” (“The Angie Martinez Show”)
Check out Ashanti’s interview: