During a interview on Drink Champs, the Murder Inc. founder made claims that the singer’s 2002 hit sing “Happy” was made after her and Joe had “finished sleeping together”.
Rumors regarding the two have swirled for a long time that Gotti and Ashanti were more than just collaborators during Murder Inc’s early 2002 run. Ashanti has never addressed the speculation herself.
Fat Joe Tells Irv Gotti To Quit The Disrespect
In a Instagram live video posted on August 8th, Fat Joe called out the Murder Inc. founder for “disrespecting” the R&B singer by airing out their business.
“Whatever Irv has with Ashanti is 20 years old,” he said. “I know he was making some points that mean a lot to him, his heart and soul, but when you keep ranting about somebody 20 years later, it felt like he’s not over the young lady.”
“Also, we didn’t know that they was fucking. ‘Cause the whole time, I’m there! ‘What’s Luv,’ Big Pun record, on tour — I never seen them together like that. Now I’m not saying they wasn’t; they was, or there was rumors they was. I never seen it. But I don’t need to know!”
He added: “He signed DMX, he signed JAY-Z, he signed Ja. The man’s a genius, there’s no question. But he makes himself look crazy disrespecting her and the woman never really disrespected him. All this shit he’s talking and all that, I’m looking like, ‘Damn, bro.’”
Stand Up For Your People
“It’s OK if it’s on a documentary — you gotta say your truth in your documentary — but to go to Drink Champs and keep calling her a bitch, keep disrespecting — I’m not the guy to stand up for Ashanti. Ja Rule was standing right next to him,” Joe stated.
In the beginning of his Instagram live rant, Joe labeled Gotti a “sucker” for some comments that Gotti made about his September 2021 Verzuz battle against Ja Rule.
“No disrespect to Fat Joe, but I knew what was going to happen,” Gotti bragged on Drink Champs. “It’s but so many records you gonna do; [Ja’s] gonna go the whole time. And let me tell you something, Rule was ready for whatever. Thank God Joe didn’t go there.
“People don’t know, [Ja] is a battle rapper! This n-gga is a savage and he’s competitive with a fucking ‘I’m gonna kill you’ [mentality].”
Fat Joe fired back: “Irv Gotti a sucker, man. He a sucker … I’m not talking crazy to Irv because Irv just closed a deal. God bless him, he’s making money. But he trying to take shots at the wrong dude to get his little street cred off of Joe Crack. Don’t do that. We not cool. Yo Irv, stop. You’re a producer.”