I think it’s funny how Lloyd is pretty much trying to up and leave The Inc. and Gotti has no problem with him doing that, but when Ashanti wants to try something different he gets a but hurt. Um, what the [EXPLETIVE] happened to his last CD, ugh yeah it flopped worst than Ashanti's if you want to get technical.
Did you know that Lloyd has been working his way out of The INC. as well, cause his first album was his only project solely on Murder Inc. He signed a joint venture deal with Jazze Pha's Sho Nuff record label, and I believe I remember having heard plans that once his contract was done with The Inc, he planned to be signed just with Jazze Pha.
So regardless if you want to try and prove Lloyd as their biggest current artist, which facts prove he's not, he is trying to ditch Irv Gotti's ***!
NOW FOR ME TO GET TO THE REAL POINT AT HAND, Ashanti has been the only thing keeping Murder Inc's name inside peoples head since late 2004. She has single-handedly kept Murder Inc. semi relevant. Ja Rule hasn't even been able to do so, even though he has released a few singles that never caught on! So do not say that Ashanti is doing less for that label than Lloyd is.
I think its really ***-like of Irv to release a statement like this, right before the second season of his show (which to no surprise he didn't allow Ashanti on) starts. He was made it seem like he was 100% behind Ashanti's work on her last album 'The Declaration.' He released a statement saying it was like her Janet Jackson, 'Control' era, where she wanted to call the *** and take more creative control. I am not going to sit here and make it seem like Ashanti's album 'The Declaration' was a huge success, but you know *** well if the album picked up, and sold like crazy there would be no way what so ever that Irv would do such a thing. He is just a money hungry, jealous *** acting man, who is sad because he doesn't know the way the properly bring back his label that was once Def Jam's leading entity.
As a personal note, I will say Ashanti's album 'The Declaration' was a great album. It really showed versatility and strengths by her being able to create enjoyable music with other producers. It really is sad that the album wasn't properly promoted and she didn't get to go on tour for it, because the album was a masterpiece. I seriously could listen to ever song off the album. I think also if people gave it a listen regardless if they didn't like the entire thing, if you are a fan of R&B, there is a song from that album that you would have loved, probably more.
When it comes down to it, I think Irv really let jealousy take over, because he was upset Ashanti didn't give him one song/single off of her latest album. Which I agree she should have had at least 1 Irv produced track. But regardless, you could tell he was not lobbying for her this go round, like he used to in the past. The way he released the interview/message, was totally disrespectful to all of what Ashanti has done for him! Murder Inc. would never have gotten on such an R&B tip without her success. And success is a two way street, he did not only provide it for her, everything they did together and with others was a collective effort.
But I must say, it was ASHANTI who made history, by selling over 500,000 of her debut album in its first week-by a new female artist. She gets that title not Irv, yes he may have helm-ed to project, but it is going to cite her name, not his, because she is the female artist whose product they public bought, they didn't buy it because of him!
The way this situation was handled really has me heated, poor business methods Irv. I look forward to hearing ppl bash what I what as well, but there are many who would know and say its true .
I agree 110% so true and very well said......