Missouri rapper Nelly’s issues with his pops might have something to do with an Ashanti encounter. New footage has emerged of the rap veteran’s dad recently hanging out backstage with his former girlfriend.

A clip has emerged of ‘Shanti and Nelly’s pops chilling backstage following a live performance.

This past weekend, the St. Lunatic went on a random rant against his dad but didn’t explain why.

In December 2010, Nelly provided some insight on his close-knit Ashanti bond.

“[Our relationship] is the same it’s always been,” Nelly said in an interview when asked about the singer. “We’re really good friends, you know? I think that’s the thing people don’t understand. I say that because you know it’s like society puts a pressure on you ’cause they want to see it turn into a certain relationship. You see what I’m saying? But if that relationship don’t work, then society doesn’t take the responsibility of when it don’t work. [laughs] You know what I’m saying? It’s kind of like, ‘Oh, oh, okay, we’ll move on to the next couple we want to see.’ I think what people don’t understand is I think you really have to be friends first. I think that’s the thing.” (Rap-Up TV)

According to past reports, Nelly stuck with his mom after a divorce forced him outside of St. Louis.

Cornell Haynes Sr. is the father of rapper Nelly, who stars on his own reality show Nellyville with his family. Nelly was born in Austin, Texas, where his father was serving in the military. When Nelly was 7 years old, his parents got divorced and Nelly moved away with his mother. They moved from inner city St. Louis to suburban University City, Missouri when Nelly became a teenager. (Heavy)

A few years ago, the hip-hop artist talked about the estranged relationship with his dad.

“My father led by fear. I did what my father said ’cause I was scared of getting my ass beat. His voice rang so vividly in my head… that it was just… a fear. That’s the important thing that reinstated my love for him, was his admittance of, ‘You are f*cked up (because of bad parenting).’ Just the fact that he’s being a way better grandfather to my kids, being there, taking them places, doing things with them, stuff that he never did with me. I love my father, I love him more today than I ever loved him ever. Ever.” (VH1)