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empire he built around Ja Rule and Ashanti—but then things got difficult. Irv Gotti:  But you know, I had great success with Lloyd. When rapper-of-the-moment 50 Cent engaged Gotti and Ja in one of the most intense off-the-wax beefs hip-hop has ever seen, the label’s approval rating dropped like Dubya in his second term. Say he does brick, does the focus of the label shift? Irv Gotti: No, “Uh Oh” was always just a record that we put out. There are different records, like “Father Forgive Me,” “Body,” “Judas,” “Love is Pain,” these are records that are yet to be seen that we are going to unleash. Do you think that’s the biggest track on the album? The state of the music business that we’re in is I don’t give a fuck who you are. Celebrities and stars have it worse off than the new acts. Lo, it’s probably 100 grand just to take a picture with her. Right Irv Gotti: So it’s harder on the more established acts. Because the more established acts have made and generated money. Look at “Ay Bay Bay.” That was the biggest song in the fucking country and he did 20-fucking-thousand units. The Internet has totally taken the music business and stuck a big fat dick in its ass and now it’s fucked it. I know he’s sitting back like “What the fuck is going on?  You said that the label execs will tap them on their ass and tell them to break and be like “Listen, get up out of here”… Irv Gotti: For us to pull off the miracle that everyone thinks we can’t pull off, which is getting Ja to sell a bunch of records, I think we have to be creative and different. Something like “Eleanor Rigby” and Ja doing it over. Irv Gotti: You know what’s funny with that…Look at J. If you drop the ball, that president is slapping you in the ass and going “Yo, you can get the fuck out of here.” Shit is rough right now. So how am I taking a picture with her for 100 grand, and she’s moving 50 thousand units the first week? If they’re making and generating money, they’re not going for the okie-doke like the new acts. They’re going into the fucking label and they are going to say, “I want my money! ” the label is going to say, “All right, you better fucking sell some records.” And the minute they don’t sell any records, they’re going to kick their ass right up out of there. It does pertain to Ja, but what I’m saying is that it pertains to everybody in the business now. Now we’re trying to wiggle it out our asses and get that fucking shit up out of our ass and it’s tough. Me and Deb are actually best friends, we’re not together, but we’re raising our kids. Next thing you know, Sonny’s crying, and then Deb starts crying. If you were to watch the whole footage of that, before I kick them out I’m looking around. But he definitely played a part, because he became the biggest rapper in the world and he didn’t like us. The thing about me is that I’ve been a part of three different movements. It’s kind of unique that you see that on television: people who are not together, but who get along real well. I didn’t want that for the show, so I got very angry. I’m actually looking for a stick or a bat or something to break the camera. Was the money-laundering trial Murder Inc.’s biggest setback? Through the money laundering trial I lost my deal, I lost my funding, it was just a huge setback. I told them, “I’m innocent, so there’s not reason to think that we’re not going to be good, because I didn’t do any of this shit.” A lot of people would say that 50 was the main reason for the label’s fall, more specifically Ja Rule’s career, do you think that’s fair? I was a part of Rocafella, I was a part of Ruff Ryders, and I was a part of Murder Inc. Lo and I want to work with her, and I think it’s fucked up that Epic is releasing reports like that without cleaning it up. Do you think working with Vanessa Carlton maybe had any affect on the relationship with Ashanti? Irv Gotti: Nah, me and Ashanti was drifting way apart before Vanessa got here. But it was egos, and there were a few egos in there, but there was one ego that really prevented it. Irv Gotti: There was really one, but I can’t reveal whose ego it was. But when Ja was moving six million worldwide, I revisited it , but it still didn’t happen. She called me last week like “You’re being too hard on your boy. Man Up’.” I told her “Yo, Gayle, I was facing 20-years, what if I went to jail for 20 years, my boys would have to grow up quicker than normal.” That shit is in the back of my head.” She said “Well you didn’t go to jail for 20 years.” She is, like, deeply involved in the show. If you would have talked to me a year ago you would have said “Hey, reality is the play that can get you exposure for your acts and get you hot again in a certain way,” I would have been like “Get the fuck out of here.” [ Joe La Puma is currently the Director of Content Strategy at Complex Media, handling big idea generation and execution along with the social networking of Complex's content.
OK, Now, if you did your homework and you listened to the interview, did the words “I slept with Ashanti,” ever come out of my mouth? I felt like when them three were doing their thing, I felt like the most unique individual in the world because I was like “Yo, I know all of these dudes, they’re like my brothers.” So I just wanted that project to happen, just to do something with my brothers. That’s one of my biggest disappointments, that that never happened. Fuck you, do it again.” And if you didn’t do it again, “You corny, you’re wack.” “You’re a has-been. you know how people think of Lyor Cohen, Jimmy Iovine, L.