Former Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti recently updated fans on his relationship with protégé Ashanti and admitted they do not keep in contact despite reconciling past differences.
While he will always have love for Ashanti, Gotti 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”)
Former Murder Inc. rapper Ja Rule also updated fans on his relationship with the 32-year-old singer.
“I got love for Bon-Bon,” Rule added. “We went through our little thing but me and Bon-Bon are cool. It’s like that sometimes with family. And you know, brothers and sisters sometimes get into arguments.” (“The Angie Martinez Show”)
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)
In July, the R&B diva spoke on Ja returning home from a jail stint and possibly making new joint tracks.
“Yes, I have. I spoke to him the other day and I’m super, super excited for him,” Ashanti said in an interview when asked if she had talked to Rule since he came home from serving jail time. “He is, he is in great spirits. [Muscles?] Oh my gosh, I told him, ‘What were you doing in there?’ … He has a studio downstairs in the house, that’s where he’s going to be all the time. … Hopefully we get it all popping. There’s no denying our chemistry. We might [get a collabo project]. He has to focus on his stuff right now.” (Hot 97)
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