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Ashanti Officially Dropped From Label!


Like we didn't see this one coming. Irv Gotti--head of "The Inc." says his relationship with Ashanti has run its course. He told MTV today that there is nothing else he can do and they haven't spoken in forever anyway. So in the very near future he's officially ending her relationship with The Inc. Check it:

I would ask "What's she going to do now?" But honestly, it's not like she was banging out the hits with The Inc. in the last few years either. Oh wells. Now that Christina Milian is sharing her label time between Myspace and Radio Killa, I hear Tom and them are looking for new full time folks...
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IRV GOTTI; YOU FAT PEICE OF

IRV GOTTI; YOU FAT PEICE OF SHIT.... FUCK YOU NIGGA; I DONT KNOE WHY THEE FUCK YOU COMMING OUT WITH ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR WACK ASS REALITY SHOWS CUZ NOBODY GONNA FUCKIN TUNE INTO DAT SHIT YOU DUMBASS BITCH ... SO FUCK YOU & YA UGLY FAKE ASS WIFE!!!!!!!!!!
Ms. Nikki Minaj's picture

Ashanti is going to be just

Ashanti is going to be just fine! She is better off without them anyway! To keep it real though, Irv should be grateful she was there cause when Ja-rule's career ended, she was there to pick up the slack and was holding the label down all by herself! I like her and thinks that she is talented despite what people say... she just needs to do her! at least she writes her own shit!
Tiff's picture

Me personally, I wouldn't

Me personally, I wouldn't want to be in the music industry for longevity is not guranteed! Maybe Ashanti should stay behind the scenes and write music for people.
Why you gotta be anonymous??'s picture

I'm sorry to hear about

I'm sorry to hear about Ashanti. I really do like her but I think she became too complacent with her image and sound and that hurt her music career. I wish her all the best.
Tar Baby aka Coal Black African formerly known as African Gi's picture

Knew this was coming.... It's

Knew this was coming.... It's good and bad: Ashanti is free to do her, but Inc was a small label so she got more shine... hope a bigger label doesn't put her on the back burner (hard for folks to be promoted well,etc)
Joja86's picture

Most recording artists only

Most recording artists only get a two or three record deal. Record sales are at an all time low. Look for many others to get dropped before 2010.'
chaka1's picture

I didnt even know anyone was

I didnt even know anyone was still wanting to be signed to them. JaRul came out with that body song and then that was it.... maybe now she can sell some records and come out with some good stuff. I like Ashanti. She is an excellent writer so Im sure if another label picks her up, she will get better marketing and better unit sales. Change is good sometimes. I wishe her the best
Ms.LadyJ's picture

Well 1st of all, it's not

Well 1st of all, it's not like Murder Inc. has been dropping any hits in a minute anyways with the exception of Lloyd. F*ck Irv, cuz he comes off as a huge jerk anyways. And honestly, I think Ashanti won't be without a label for long. Even though she hasn't had the huge success of her 1st albulm in a while, she is very marketable and young and fresh faced--all the things record companies are looking for. She may not be the strongest vocalist, but i don't think she'll be without a label for long, real talk. And to be honest, with the way Murder Inc is going, he was dumb to drop Ashanti. Ashanti will be just fine.
Melody's picture

this isn't a

this isn't a surprise...............dont u all see HIS SHOW ON VH1 HES TRYIGN TO WORK OUT THINGS WITH HSI WIFE....AND HE IS GETTIN RID OF ALL THE LITTLE GIRLS AROUND HIM DONT U ALL REMEMBER ASHANTI HAD AN AFFAIR WITH HIM AND HIS WIFE KNEW ALL ALONG............ SO SHES WITH SOMEONE ELSE NOW SO IRV GOTTA DO SOMETHING TO GET BACK AT ASHANTI..LOL
sammy's picture

IRV DONT RESPECT

IRV DONT RESPECT WOMAN....LOOK HOW HE TREATS HIS "WIFE"...IM GLAD ASHANTI MOVED ON!
BLKLOVE's picture

You guys are so mean and

You guys are so mean and hateful! How could you say such hateful things. What if someone was happy that you lost your job?? Remember what goes around comes around. I love Ashanti, and she is beautiful and talented. She still have plenty of years of entertainment left, whether it is acting or music. She will definately get picked up. If Keri Hilson, Chistina Millian, Rih Rih, etc. can get a job, she can. I love Ashanti, because she is happy, just the way God want us to be!!!
Hello's picture

You guys are so mean and

You guys are so mean and hateful! How could you say such hateful things. What if someone was happy that you lost your job?? Remember what goes around comes around. I love Ashanti, and she is beautiful and talented. She still have plenty of years of entertainment left, whether it is acting or music. She will definately get picked up. If Keri Hilson, Chistina Millian, Rih Rih, etc. can get a job, she can. I love Ashanti, because she is happy, just the way God want us to be!!!
Hello's picture

Did she ever have an actual

Did she ever have an actual career? Careers are long term...I think she just had a job. LOL She should stick to acting anyway, she's way better at it.
Yauna's picture

Ashanti is cute and erry

Ashanti is cute and erry thing, her recorded music is "catchy" however, hearing her life in concert is not the business!! Straight up studio recording artist, not to be seen live. I wish her the best though, try and make that money if you can girl.
Yardy's picture

Miss GQ: The only person

Miss GQ: The only person that’s keeping hope alive for the inc..is Lloyd (he always releases great music, that ALWAYS slept on)..Ashanti’s first 3 albums were HOT, but wen she tried to break away from irv and em and release that bullshit declaration…FLOP CITY!!her career was dying anyways…maybe nelly will sign her He couldn't even get his own album to sell...they'll be flopping together
Michelle's picture

OH POOR SHANTY ANYWAYS IRV IS

OH POOR SHANTY ANYWAYS IRV IS A DAMN FOOL SMDH
Amber romance's picture

irv is just freaky, there was

irv is just freaky, there was a time when ashanti was huge but no talent only lasts so long, i can't wait for all the talentless artists to get dropped too!!
eva's picture

i think its been said, but

i think its been said, but i'll say it again...WOMP! seriously tho, i wish her the best...i kinda liked her and her catchy little tunes in her prime. ah, memories.
meth_lab's picture

Poor Boo-Hanti!! Although

Poor Boo-Hanti!! Although she's pretty wack, that irv gotti and ja rule stuff is even wacker, so maybe this wont be so bad for her career. i think. If she finds the right people. If they will even take her. Like I said, poor baby.
Next!'s picture

baylee: Ashanti’s career

baylee: Ashanti’s career has been over. Look at the way she when she goes to premieres. She looks busted and as if she has been shopping in Joyce Leslie. She’s a hot mess and I hope Nelly drops her too. Best thing for her to do is trap Nelly with a kid to secure her future. You hope Nelly drops her too, You must be very ugly to hate someone you don't know this much
LULU's picture

Irv is so full of ish. He

Irv is so full of ish. He (The Inc.) is being dropped by Universal Motown. They are buying Ashanti out of her contract and have offered the same opportunity to Lloyd. He wants to say he dropped her to stir up drama. Ashanti is probably somewhere laughing.
teeteehuthut's picture

hmmmmmm................

hmmmmmm................
tee's picture

Hmm... Maybe Irv will get a

Hmm... Maybe Irv will get a "Making The Band"-esque show on VH1... Hey, Diddy did when Bad Boy's good artists started dwindling.
MaRRied_MoMMY2B*56_DaYs_N_cOunTinG's picture

WOMP!!! I really don't think

WOMP!!! I really don't think she was "trying" these days when it came to her music career anyways. After "Foolish" and "Baby" dropped I was a die hard fan. The second album was ok too. After that she just went downhill. I'm happy she got a stint playing Dorothy, although she played Dorothy on some show or movie that I watched a few years ago and she was TERRIBLE!!!! Jeeze! Whelp, Good Luck Ashanti
MaRRied_MoMMY2B*56_DaYs_N_cOunTinG's picture

Well aint that some mess. But

Well aint that some mess. But it was inevitable after her last album flopped so bad, but Ahhhh well life goes on. So whos gonna make INC all the money now?? cuz ja rule aint doing a damn thing.
Just Me 808's picture

i know that Ashanti hasn't

i know that Ashanti hasn't really had a hit in a long time. however she is the only one pulling money in...wtf do u see ja rule doing anything. no, that was a bad move on irv gotti's part. on the bright side, the inc. was holding her back. so hopefully she will get back to awwwwwww baby
famouschick's picture

IF YOU GET A REPUTATION IN

IF YOU GET A REPUTATION IN THE INDUSTRY FOR BEING HARD TO WORK WITH OR DIFFICULT SOMETIMES IT'S HARDER TO GET PREMIERE PRODUCERS AND WRITERS TO WORK WITH YOU. I REMEMBER BACK IN 2003 OR 2004, ASHANTI AND FABULOUS HAD RECORDED A SONG.....THE NAME ESCAPES ME, BUT I REMEMBER THE SONG WAS RELEASED WITH FABULOUS AND TAMIA INSTEAD. FABULOUS INSINUATED IN AN ON AIR INTERVIEW THAT SHE WAS WAS VERY DIFFICULT...BUT WHO REALLY KNOWS WHAT WENT DOWN.
THERE WAS A TIME...'s picture

The music industry can be so

The music industry can be so fickle. One day you are hot and the next day you are not. I remember when I was college and there was a debate about who would be a bigger star: Ashanti or Beyonce. Beyonce was about to go solo and there was no guarantee she would be a big star. Ashanti was on a bunch of songs that were hot. Of course, we all know Beyonce went on to great success and Ashanti's career has stalled. And Nelly- whatever happened to him. Five years ago he was one of the hottest rappers around, and his career is practically over too. I hope he invested his money. All Ashanti needs is a hit song like Umbrella or Single Ladies. She needs to call Ne-Yo or Timbaland and ask them to make her a hit song but she probably can't afford them.
Queen B's picture

Sparkle: Ashanti is a

Sparkle: Ashanti is a millionaire and has had a much longer run than she should have. If she wants another deal she can easily get one. The question is what is Irv going to do? He has no one and nothing on that label.All of these artists seem to be able to crack out 2 or 3 popular albums then the public begins to lose interest. Seems that most have about a 5-6 year run then it’s over anyway. I agree with everything with the exception of her being a millionaire... Shame her and Nelly aren't together anymore...lol
vegas chick's picture

Damn married people can't

Damn married people can't even have kids now? lol I'm sure when Kelis decided to get preggo she didn't think she'd be filing for divorce or that her hubby was a cheat. How is Nelly any better off than Ashanti? his career's BEEN dead and wtf wears applebottoms? Plus he got all them kids.
Sparkle's picture

dumbass: thats different

dumbass: thats different they were married!!Plus look were its got her……..7 month pregenant, single,and about to start divorce proceedings. not a good look!
dumbass's picture

Shan: Its what they really

Shan: Its what they really do though.. look at Kelis… IT IS The TruTH!!!! thats different they were married!! Plus look were its got her........7 month pregenant, single,and about to start divorce proceedings.
dumbass's picture

baylee: Ashanti’s career

baylee: Ashanti’s career has been over. Look at the way she dresses when she goes to premieres. She looks busted and as if she has been shopping in Joyce Leslie. She’s a hot mess and I hope Nelly drops her too. Best thing for her to do is trap Nelly with a kid to secure her future. that is just plain wrong.............people like you give women a bad name. disgracful thought!! Pls think before u talk nxt time.
dumbass's picture

Don't block your blessings

Don't block your blessings Ashanti. Maybe God has something bigger and better planned for you.
Monica's picture

Honesty: bayleeOnMay 7,

Honesty: bayleeOnMay 7, 2009 at 9:03 pm | Reply |Ashanti’s career has been over. Look at the way she dresses when she goes to premieres. She looks busted and as if she has been shopping in Joyce Leslie. She’s a hot mess and I hope Nelly drops her too. Best thing for her to do is trap Nelly with a kid to secure her future.Quote————————————————————TRUE IGNORANCE!!! Its what they really do though.. look at Kelis... IT IS The TruTH!!!!
Shan's picture

At least Irv still got Lloyd

At least Irv still got Lloyd
Dicole's picture

What does this have to do

What does this have to do with her relationship with Def Jam? I guess it really only matters if they gave up on her too.
NikNak's picture

Ashanti needs to put out a

Ashanti needs to put out a hot record before her career crumbles. And everyone know how hard it is to jump back in the game.
Dicole's picture

Didn't she want to be

Didn't she want to be dropped, she started separating herself from them.
Makeda's picture

Queen B: I feel sorry for

Queen B: I feel sorry for Ashanti. She never had the best voice but neither does Rihanna or Ciara and they are selling records. I remember watching SNL a few years ago and I wondered who was the girl singing next to Ja Rule. Ashanti is a good example of why you need good management and good songs. LOL, DON'T KNOW ABOUT CIARA, BUT RHI RHI SELLIN RECORDS. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN ASHANTI WAS HOT. I SAY 2000 THRU 2004, YOU COULD NOT TURN ON THE RADIO WITHOUT HEARING HER. SHE WAS WRITING AND HER AND JA WERE DROPPING SINGLES LEFT AND RIGHT TOGETHER. SHE COULDN'T SING BACK THAN EITHER, BUT SHE WAS TURNIN OUT HIT AFTER HIT BACK IN THE DAY.
THERE WAS A TIME...'s picture

Ashanti is a millionaire and

Ashanti is a millionaire and has had a much longer run than she should have. If she wants another deal she can easily get one. The question is what is Irv going to do? He has no one and nothing on that label. All of these artists seem to be able to crack out 2 or 3 popular albums then the public begins to lose interest. Seems that most have about a 5-6 year run then it's over anyway.
Sparkle's picture

STFU Gotti...you sound extra

STFU Gotti...you sound extra salty....just bc she don't call you....SIT DOWN. He obvious didn't take the hint that she wanted to leave...It's really not a drop that's what she wanted in the first place. Ashanti do your thing.
Asia's picture

i get what he is trying to

i get what he is trying to say....now she can go and do better things with her life
shaypat08's picture

ashanti better get up and

ashanti better get up and dust herself off and strike while the iron is still hot.
imma baaaaaaad girl's picture

I feel sorry for Ashanti. She

I feel sorry for Ashanti. She never had the best voice but neither does Rihanna or Ciara and they are selling records. I remember watching SNL a few years ago and I wondered who was the girl singing next to Ja Rule. Ashanti is a good example of why you need good management and good songs.
Queen B's picture

good luck...ashanti with

good luck...ashanti with whatever you do!
jennifer's picture

Wow! I thought the Inc was

Wow! I thought the Inc was gone a long time ago! What have they done lately? Anywhooo, she should have separated herself from them in the mist of the court proceedings and arrests. I think she was just fulfilling her contractual obligations over the last couple of cds. There obviously wasn't much effort put into them. She needs to rework her entire brand from her style to her onstage presentation to her music. It's all so outdated and contrived.
Yeah, I Said That!'s picture

Well this is what she wanted

Well this is what she wanted anyway. She hinted that all the time last year . So I don't really see this as a loss on her part. Congrats to her I guess.
Focused1's picture

natasha shut up, you acting

natasha shut up, you acting like the inc is hot, heck they can't even call themself a label. They can't even afford to fund artist. if anything they were just holding ashanti back so now its her time to be free from them and do her thang
SHUTUP's picture

He's just upset. She been

He's just upset. She been wanted out the record deal. Why else would you stop communicating with the person in charge? Regardless of whether she was selling millions or hundreds, talented or talentless, he' s just bitter. Aint NOBODY else on that label selling records. If you ask me, Ashanti was the reason why JaRule kept selling records.
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