Ashanti was once a top tier R&B act, but after taking fours years off, she wasn’t able to recapture the success she’s had in the past with last year’s return, The Declaration.
The Princess of Irv Gotti’s The Inc. label is now a free agent. Gotti recently revealed, during an interview with MTV, that he and Ashanti haven’t spoken in a long while, and he’s finally dropped her from his label.
“The relationship has run its course,” Gotti said. “The chemistry of what’s needed — we’re in two totally different places. You’re talking to somebody that took her and shaped and molded her and put her out there for the world, and it blew up. We [hold the record] for the [fastest] selling debut by a female R&B artist — 503 [thousand]. We did it! My views and philosophies and her views and philosophies are not meeting up.”
According to Gotti, he had no input in last year’s album from Ashanti, and that’s the reason the project was her first studio album to not reach platinum sales.
Gotti says she strayed away from her winning formula, resulting in her worse effort to date.
“I personally believe for her to be successful, it took the energy … when you seen her, it was 30 n****s around her, and she’s the princess so nice and pretty walking through,” he said. “The music was great, but it was the energy that was created. It wasn’t just her standing there and singing a song.
“We don’t really speak or talk or anything like that,” he continued. “It’s sad in a way. But in another, it’s like it’s all good.”
Gotti went on to say that Ashanti needs “some guidance” to reach the success she saw in the beginning of career, and without that, he doesn’t feel she can win.
I don’t think she can win. She needs some guidance with that,” Gotti added. “But she’s not thinking like that. Really, I couldn’t tell you what she’s thinking. So that relationship has run its course and honestly, I’m gonna just drop her.”