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ART FOR LIFE Benefit - July 24, 2004

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We’re living in an era where nostalgia makes quite a bit of money. It’s the reason for all the reboots and remakes. It also explains why so many artists from the 2000s have been able to tour again. Bad Boy, So-So Def, and B2K have gotten a piece of the action. And now, it seems that Murder Inc. also wants some of the pie.

But like the rest of these groups, tensions from the past might keep a few people from making this money. And not just tensions, entire relationships that went sour.

In a recent episode of “Growing Up Hip Hop,” Murder Inc. CEO and co-founder Irv Gotti sat down with his children and ex-wife Deb Lorenzo to talk about his concerns reuniting with old group members, specifically Ashanti.

For those who don’t know, Irv Gotti dated Ashanti during the course of his marriage to Deb. It was once a source of conflict for the couple, in addition to his other extramarital affairs. But now that the two are no longer married and seem to be on good terms, Deb shared that Irv and Ashanti’s relationship took place while they were separated.

Either way, it’s come up now that there is a possible tour happening.

Irv said, “It’s crazy we’re doing this Murder Inc. reunion tour. We’re telling the whole story of Murder Inc. Ja will open and close the show. Fat Joe will be there, Fabolous, possibly Jadakiss, Lil Mo.

The tricky thing with the Murder Inc. reunion tour is I really don’t f*ck with some of them.

Angie (Irv’s daughter): We know.

Deb: Like who? We know. Do you want to say names or no? Or should I say names.

Irv: I’ll say names. A piece of me, Angie, is like I don’t want them around me. Me as a person, I get to choose who’s around me. ­­

Angie: But you don’t have to have them around you just to let bygones be bygones.              n

Irv: And if we’re doing a tour, they’re going to be around me.

Angie: Yeah but for how long?

Irv: For months. We’re going to be on stage and to do this right, I gotta let bygones be bygones .I’m in such a good place. I got so much great shit to think about moving forward,  I don’t want to think about the bad sh*t of the past. The world knows I don’t f*ck with Ashanti. We haven’t spoke in I don’t know how long. With Ashanti, it’s a delicate situation. She is a big part of Murder Inc. The fans want that, everybody wants that. Just how I have my version of what happened with me and Ashanti, she has her version.

Deb: And I have my version. We were still married but we were separated when they were dating. I was used to it from the beginning, him going and traveling. I just wasn’t used to the women. That was like new. Like, where did these hoes come from.

Angie: I have a version. I was old enough. I remember.

Irv: You kicked me out.

Angie: I was in middle school when all of this cheating and scandal was happening with my parents. I was young in the sense that I didn’t know how to comfort my mom. I just knew that my mom was hurting.


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