In a recent conversation on the popular podcast Drink Champs, Irv Gotti opened up about his previous disagreements with both Ashanti and Fat Joe, shedding light on the complex dynamics within the music industry. Gotti expressed his sentiments on the evolving relationships while discussing how his association with Ashanti and Fat Joe has shifted over time.
During the candid interview, Gotti discussed the incident where he and Fat Joe had differing views on Ashanti. He highlighted that Joe’s decision to defend Ashanti, in response to comments made by Gotti last year caused a strain in their relationship. Gotti shared that he no longer considers Fat Joe a close friend, stating, “Fat Joe was my brother. I do not feel Fat Joe is my brother anymore,” Gotti explained. “…Once you show me who you are or you speak negatively about me, its over. His defense and Ja’s defense is they do shows with Ashanti, but Rule will never come out and say, ‘Gotti’s a sucker.”
Gotti emphasized that his perspective is rooted in the principle of mutual respect, noting that while both Fat Joe and Ja Rule have performed alongside Ashanti in concerts, they have not publicly labeled him in a negative manner. He elaborated, “Unlike Fat Joe, Ja Rule and I have maintained a level of professional respect. They have never resorted to calling me names like ‘sucker.'”
He continued, “Fat Joe said, ‘Oh, Gotti’s a ‘sucker.’ I gotta pull back and regress from that. Because If I was to go respond or anything with that, it could get crazy. He was on some ‘If I’m your brother I should be able to tell you when you’re wrong.’ My thing is like, you don’t know what went on with me and Ashanti.”
Fat Joe’s critique of Irv Gotti’s initial appearance on Drink Champs was a pivotal moment. During an Instagram Live session, Joe expressed his belief that Gotti’s continued discussion about Ashanti after two decades seemed to indicate lingering feelings. He remarked, “When you keep ranting about somebody 20 years later, it feels like he’s not over the young lady, right?”
In his previous Drink Champs interview, Irv Gotti delved into his relationship with Ashanti and his personal experiences. He acknowledged Ashanti’s decision to distance herself from him and contrasted this by showcasing his interactions with other women. “She’s done. She’s fucking done with me. No one’s sitting around thinking… ‘Oh, but she still looks great. You ain’t want her when you seen that last picture?’ I mean this with all respect to women… I get some of the most baddest bitches you will ever [see] in your life, and they not Ashanti. Black, white, Latina; I get bad bitches.”