Irv Gotti and Ashanti

Irv Gotti on Ashanti: ‘I’m Gonna Drop Her’

Irv Gotti is mad at his princess. The Inc. CEO is ready to drop Ashanti from his label.

“I personally believe for her to be successful, it took the energy … when you seen her, it was 30 n—as around her, and she’s the princess so nice and pretty walking through,” he told MTV News. “The music was great, but it was the energy that was created. It wasn’t just her standing there and singing a song.”

Gotti’s relationship with the R&B singer has deteriorated over the years. “We don’t really speak or talk or anything like that,” he said. “It’s sad in a way. But in another, it’s like it’s all good.”

Even though Ashanti released her latest album The Declaration on The Inc./Universal Motown last June, it didn’t feature any input from Gotti. It was Ashanti’s first record not to go platinum.

Things have become so bad that the music mogul is ready to release her from her contract. “I don’t think she can win. She needs some guidance with that,” he continued. “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.”