Shawnna Breaks Silence On Leaving Ludacris, “I Was Really Scared”

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Former Distrubin' Tha Peace member Shawnna has stepped forward to address her departure from Ludacris' camp last year.

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According to Shawnna, internal problems at Def Jam motivated her to sacrifice money for a better career.

“I love and have no regrets with Disturbing The Peace, but it just came time to where I had to move on,” Shawnna explained in an interview. “It really did. Even though Battle Of The Sexes was so highly anticipated. Had it just been me and Luda, it would have been just a wonderful, amazing, iconic thing to do. But it didn’t weigh out the 10 years I had been at Def Jam [doing] nothing. I just saw an opportunity to gain a clean slate. And that sounded so good to me. Money is not my everything. My peace of mind means more than money.” (VIBE)

Shawnna also said her fear of disappointing Luda encouraged her exit.

“Honestly, when we were doing [Battle of the Sexes], I was really scared,” Shawnna added. “Because I [knew] that people already knew Luda, but they don’t really know me. And if this project was to come out and not do well, all of the blame would be on me. All of it. That was too much [pressure] for me. Had it been my own project and I was taking my own risk, then maybe I would have been more willing to take that leap, but I just didn’t want it…They already know Luda can put out platinum albums, but they don’t know what I’m capable of. I just couldn’t do it. And it hurt me and it hurt him and it hurt a lot of people. It hurt a lot of fans too, and all I can say is [that] I’m so sorry. Please forgive me. I’m still here though, and I still wanna put out good music. I still hope to get back with him and do some amazing, incredible shit with him maybe down the line, but at that point in time [Luda], I couldn’t give you my all. I was too scared. I was too worried about that situation.” (VIBE)

Earlier this year, DJ Drama called Shawnna’s decision to leave DTP a bad move.

“I normally keep these type of thoughts 2 myself but…#badmove ….,” Drama tweeted in February. “Shawwna leavin DTP right b4 Battle of Sexes album. it was perfect setup And i know its proly some sh*t bout Shawwnna/DTP situation i dont know.. & i got mad love for shorty…just my observation.” (DJ Drama’s Twitter)

Luda’s Battle of the Sexes compilation album topped the sales chart last March.

Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris’ Battle of the Sexes made its way onto the charts this week opening at No. 1. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the Southern emcee’s compilation disc has sold 137,300 records after seven days in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Check out some past Shawnna footage below:

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