By Brent Furdyk.

Ashanti is setting the record straight after some comments from Irv Gotti.

In an August appearance on the “Drink Champs” podcast, the co-founder of the Murder Inc. record label claimed that he came up with her 2002 track “Happy” — which she sang and he produced — after they’d just had sex.

“We just finished sleeping together, or whatever, I’m taking a shower. I’m in the shower, you know, a n***a be creative after [sex]. I think of the whole track in the shower,” Gotti claimed.


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Ashanti hasn’t commented on his remarks, but she’s finally breaking her silence in the latest edition of Angie Martinez’s “IRL Podcast”.

In a clip, Ashanti shoots down his claims, and accuses him of lying.

“I regret holding people to a certain standard,” she says in the clip, apparently referencing Gotti.


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Asked if there was anything she “wanted to clear up about his version the story,” she responds, “It wasn’t surprising to me. Irv has flat-out lied about a lot of things.”

She adds: “I’m very proud and content with what I’ve accomplished in my career.”





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