Irv Gotti has taken issue with singer-songwriter Ashanti seeking to re-record her debut album. According to Gotti, if Ashanti ends up re-recording the entire album and puts it out of her own label, Gotti will be screwed out of his masters. His claim is rather obtuse, but it makes sense.
Gotti took to Instagram in order to let everyone know how Ashanti can easily screw him out. Instead of making a dedicated post about the matter, Gotti explained all of this in the comment section of a post made by Angie Martinez. The Murder Inc. co-founder also indulged in a little self-advertising.
Martinez posted a clip of her conversation with Ashanti. While the two talked about why Ashanti is re-recording her debut, self-titled record, Gotti had other ideas to expound upon. Taking to the comments, Gotti said:
I own all those great Ashanti Albums Angie. I own the Masters. And. I Produced all those great Ashanti Albums. So I also own a good portion of the Publishing. What she is trying to do is re record all those great records. And put them out on her label.
Gotti continued to explain how her debut will simply be the first in line of all of her records so that she can own her masters. He also added a little shameless plug by talking about an upcoming movie project that he claims to be directing, writing and producing.
She can do this under the COVER laws. But she is basically trying to f### me out of my Masters. And make people decide which album to listen too or stream. Hoping her loyal fans will choose her version. But hey. I stand on the Magic that was created. And I wanna see her duplicate that Magic. It’s f##### up really. But such is life. Tales coming top of the year. Supreme Team Movie. In production 2022. And I’m Directing. Writing. Producing. And funding my 1st movie with Paramount distributing. Tales Presents… We Made It In America.
Taylor Swift used the same method of re-owning her masters through releasing her classics. She re-recorded Fearless and Red, which gained a lot of traction from her fans. Ashanti’s debut album was dropped in 2002 with Island Def Jam and Irv Gotti’s Murder Inc. label.
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