Former Murder Inc. artist Ashanti is ready to drop some new music with former labelmate Ja Rule and has revealed an interest in linking up with the incarcerated rapper upon his release from jail this summer.
Ashanti said fans can expect to hear them go back to their old ways once he finishes up a bid in late July.
“You know what,” Ashanti told a caller during an interview when asked if she would be doing anything with Ja Rule upon his upcoming release from jail. “Ja is actually going to be home in, I belive, late July. [The rumor of him getting released a few weeks ago,] yeah, it didn’t happen. I believe he will be out in late July and I know he’s fiending to get back into the studio. We are probably going to get down, you know what I mean, and do something. [laughs] Yeah. [We made a good combination], yes, definitely.” (“Sway In The Morning”)
If all goes accordingly, Rule will complete his time in a New York detention center.
The 36-year-old rapper left a state prison in central New York last week after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and went straight into federal custody in a tax evasion case. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says he has since moved from an upstate jail to Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, which houses prisoners awaiting court dates or having short terms left on their sentences. The bureau said Thursday his expected release date is July 28. Ja Rule admits he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million earned between 2004 and 2006 while he lived in New Jersey. (SF Gate)
Last summer, Ashanti finally reunited with Murder Inc. founder Irv Gotti for their “No One Greater” collaboration.
Just like old times, Ashanti is the R&B centerpiece alongside rap’s hottest names. For the latest single from her forthcoming album BraveHeart – her first in five years – the decorated songstress is paired with Bad Boy’s and Maybach Music’s tough guys, French Montana and Meek Mill, for “No One Greater”. This bass-knocking, synth-heavy number is produced by ‘Shanti’s former Murder Inc. boss, Irv Gotti, who is now apparently on good terms with the singer following their long-standing dispute. BraveHeart will be released sometime in 2013 – much later than the original August 28th date – via Ashanti’s own Written Entertainment imprint. (Soul Culture UK)
Prior to Irv and Ashanti’s reconciliation, Rule talked to SOHH and gave his take on their quiet dispute.
“I’ma say it like this, Irv is my brother and I respect his decisions,” Rule told SOHH. “I don’t have any problems with Ashanti. That’s my sister. We’re a family so it’s funny, it’s like my brother and my sister are fighting. You see what I’m saying? It’s a funny thing to me but Gotti is my brother before she was my sister so you take it how you take it. But me and Bon Bon are cool and I got love for her, that’s my sister man..I think me and Bon Bon can coincide and do some records together again. I think we might even be able to hit the road and do some shows…Me and Bonnie don’t have issues, her and Irv have issues and it’s a tough thing you know what I’m saying? He brought her into the family but…me and her never had no real friction at all.” (SOHH)
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