The former Murder Inc. mogul sounds off on his former artist.
After severing ties with Ashanti and Lloyd, Irv Gotti ended up with ill feelings towards the latter. During an interview with MTV RapFix Live’s Sway Calloway, the former Murder Inc. honcho said that Lloyd turned around and disrespected his name after they amicably severed ties.
“Ashanti is cool. Ashanti is one thing. Me and her had our little thing and it is what it is. She’s not as bad as Lloyd,” he said. “Lloyd, I have no love for. Because here’s a person that I helped out. The minute he left, I let you go. You wanted to leave, I let you go. And you gon’ say, ‘Well Gotti did this and Gotti did that.’ Nigga, you went platinum with Gotti. You went gold with Gotti, you went platinum with Gotti. What you doing now with Interscope? What’d you sell, like 15 units? I’m not saying to pay homage to me. But don’t —- on me? I let you go! You wanted to be your own man or whatever, get outta here. He could walk past me, he get hit by a car. I’d be like, ‘Oh word? He got hit by a car? Yo BJ, let’s go get something to eat.’”
He also recalled dealing with Nas during the height of his beef with Jay-Z, with whom Irv had a close relationship. Gotti, who also put in a bid for presidency of Def Jam Records, knew he did something wrong but that it’s water under the bridge.
“I shouldn’t have did that with Nas. It was a mistake. Because above and beyond the music, Hov is my man. In front of MTV, I would shed blood for Hov. If I see Hov, I will get right in the mix of things,” he continued. “I should have never done that. But he knew it. He’s one of the smartest dudes, and he knew it. He said, that ambition. I said, yeah. If it means me going in them history books, I don’t care. I’m weird like that. That’s how bad I want it.”