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Have Ashanti and Ja Rule Ever Hooked Up -- and 9 Other Secrets Revealed During 'Truth or Drink'!

Have Ashanti and Ja Rule Ever Hooked Up -- and 9 Other Secrets Revealed During 'Truth or Drink'!
"Honey! The tea is hot and the kettle is overflowing." 

Ashanti is "putting all my guts out on the table" with her "vulnerable" and "risky" new music -- but first, the Grammy-winning artist is spilling tea on her storied life and career in a game of "Truth or Drink" for the latest installment of Et's Interviews Under the Influence series.

Ashanti dished on her enduring friendship with Ja Rule -- admitting whether or not the duo has ever hooked up! The 37-year-old also opened up about what she really thought of that infamous Beyonce review back in 2003 and how she whipped herself into break-the-internet bikini shape for her spot in the new Ciroc French Vanilla commercial. 

Suffice it to say, the "Say Less" singer was definitely in a sharing, "say more" kinda mood during this revealing sit-down. Watch it below and read on for a breakdown of her biggest reveals. 

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Network: Bet. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: June 27, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Tami Roman, Jim Jones, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Rhyon Nicole Brown, Kyndall Ferguson, Sean Baker, Woody McClain, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Irv Gotti, Milli M., Jasmine Ahnie, Michael David Yuhl, Lance Gross and Michelle Mitchenor. TV show description: From creator Irv Gotti, the Tales TV show is a scripted anthology series of "song stories." Each episode is written by a different screenwriter and the plots are inspired by hit hip-hop songs. Tales episodes are crafted like "mini-movies" and tell stories full of adventure as well as cautionary tales. The series employs music
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Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman + Ryan Gosling Projects Are Coming to Atlanta

Atlanta actors, listen up! Stay in the loop about what’s currently filming in your fair city (and projects that may just need an extra or two) with our weekly roundup. Attention lucky boys and girls of Georgia: Hugh Jackman is coming to town. Heather Taylor is casting background for the 1980s political scandal drama, “The Frontrunner.” Central Casting is filling a few small parts for a new Fox medical drama called “The Resident,” executive produced by Antoine Fuqua. Destination Casting has quite a few background roles to fill for the new Bet series, “Tales: All I Need,” executive produced by rapper and record label owner, Irv Gotti. With the Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe movie, “Boy Erased” in town, there are quite a few big names around the city. The production also happens to be in need of background actors and Rose Locke is handling casting. Locke is
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Five Things You Didn’t know about Irv Lorenzo

Irv Lorenzo aka “Irv Gotti” is an entertainment and music industry veteran. He’s associated with such names as Russell Simmons, Sean Combs, and Lyor Cohen. This guy is without a doubt gifted and has an eye for talent. However, that alone doesn’t secure your spot in the world of entertainment. After years of setbacks and hardship Irv Lorenzo is set to make his comeback as the creator and producer of the new Bet show “Tales.” The scripted anthology series will turn classic hip-hop songs like ‘F*** Tha Police’ into visual narratives. I don’t think a show like this has ever

Five Things You Didn’t know about Irv Lorenzo
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Bet Awards: Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky and Maxwell Among Latest Performers

With just five days to go, this year's Bet Awards is adding more names to its performer lineup.

The latest additions include Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Gucci Mane, Maxwell, Swae Lee, Sza, Xscape, Khalid, El DeBarge and Kamasi Washington. They join such previously announced hitmakers as Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Migos, Future and Tamar Braxton.

Concurrently, Remy Ma, Irv Gotti and the cast of the forthcoming movie Detroit (Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, Laz Alonso and Jacob Latimore) have signed on as presenters. They will be sharing those duties with Yara Shahidi, Issa Rae, Jada Pinkett Smith,...
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Tales: Scripted Hip-Hop Anthology Series Coming to Bet in June (Video)

Are you a hip hop fan? Recently, Bet released a new teaser for their upcoming TV series Tales.From Irv Gotti, the scripted anthology drama weaves "classic and current hip-hop songs into captivating visual narratives from the lyrics of some of hip-hop's greatest hits. The ensemble cast includes Woody McClain, Keith Powers, Jennifer Freeman, Elise Neal, Mc Lyte, Boris Kodjoe (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Lance Gross, Matthew Noszka, Chet Hanks, Clifton Powell, and Christian Robinson.Read More…
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Ja Rule Says He & Irv Gotti Have Partnered Up With Paramount for a Murder Inc Drama Series

Now is probably as good a time as any for this to happen, given how much hip-hop-related stories seem to be in vogue currently, thanks in part to the mega success of "Straight Outta Compton," and we could also even throw the TV show "Empire" into the mix of influences. Speaking to Vibe magazine in a video interview, Ja Rule shared that a drama series based on Murder Inc. Records (formerly The Inc. Records), the record label, owned by Irv Gotti, is currently in development.  He doesn't share much in terms of specifics, but does say that Paramount studios is on-board, and suggests that the project is being shopped to one of the premium cable TV networks (like HBO,...
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MTV orders comedic family docu-series starring rapper Ja Rule

MTV orders comedic family docu-series starring rapper Ja Rule
MTV has ordered Follow the Rules, a half-hour docu-series starring Ja Rule, EW has learned.

The comedic series will follow the rapper-turned-actor and the hectic household that he and his wife attempt to keep under control—a difficult feat since his two sons, mother, and mother-in-law all live with them, while his oldest daughter is about to start her sophomore year in college.

Ja Rule is the modern day reality rap star version of Bill Cosby’s role from The Cosby Show,” says Susanne Daniels, president of MTV programming. “He embraces a unique parenting style with his teenage kids that feels fresh and funny.
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Suge Knight Shot at Chris Brown's Pre-vma Party

A club where numerous celebs were partying evacuated after gun shots last night.

Second Update: A rep for Chris Brown issued the following statement regarding the incident -- "Chris hosted an event in Los Angeles last night to celebrate the upcoming release of his album X, during which an incident occurred. This incident did not involve Chris; he was merely the host of the event. He has and will continue to cooperate with the investigation."

Update: An eyewitness has confirmed to Et that Suge Knight, former CEO of Death Row Records, was shot multiple times at Chris Brown's pre-vma party, and Knight was the target of the gunfire. The witness told Et that Knight was seen pacing inside the club and speaking with R&B and hip hop producer Irv Gotti. 1Oak co-owner Scott Sartiano ducked down before four shots rang out, our witness reports, but Chris Brown continued dancing, unaware of the
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Oxygen To Premiere Docuseries ‘Sisterhood Of Hip Hop’

Oxygen Media‘s new docuseries Sisterhood Of Hip Hop features up-and-coming female emcees in a music genre traditionally dominated by men. The eight-episode series from 51 Minds (Ti And Tiny: The Family Hustle, Below Deck) showcases female artists (the “femcees”) who are discovered and mentored by hip hop stars Bia, Brianna Perry, Diamond, Nyemiah Supreme and Siya. The series will also include appearances by Eve, Lil Jon, Travie McCoy, Rick Ross, Tank, and Irv Gotti. Sisterhood Of Hip Hop premieres August 12 at 9 Pm following a preview special on Tuesday, July 22 at 8:15 Pm. Grammy-Award winning recording artist T.I. serves as executive producer, along with Christian Sarabia, Rabih Gholam and Roy Orecchio.
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'Love & Hip Hop' Producers Sued -- Show Idea Was Stolen

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The cat fights are now spilling into court -- a pair of female producers are suing the people behind "Love & Hip Hop" ... claiming the reality show was their idea first ... and VH1 stole it.Trisha Lum and Nickie Lum-Davis filed the suit against VH1 and MTV -- claiming they pitched the idea back in 2009 ... and thought they had a deal to make their show, called "Hip Hop Wives."According to the lawsuit ... the show was
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Def Jam Names Joie Manda New President

'The Def Jam artist roster has always been synonymous with the greatest in hip-hop,' former Warner Bros. exec Manda says in a press release.

By Rob Markman

Joie Manda

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Def Jam started as an independent rap label run out of a college dorm room by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin, but today it stands amongst hip-hop's strongest brands. Now, the powerhouse label has added to its legacy by naming former Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda as its new president.

"Running Def Jam is the greatest challenge of my career," Manda said in a press release issued to MTV News Wednesday (March 14). "The Def Jam artist roster has always been synonymous with the greatest in hip-hop, and I intend to carry that tradition into the future."

While serving as head of Warner Urban Music, Manda helped build the record company's current roster of Common, Gucci Mane
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Dmx Barks At Drake, Rick Ross, Jay-z In Radio Interview

'I don't like anything about Drake,' Dmx tells New York's Power 105 on Thursday.

By Rob Markman


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Dmx never holds back, and during a Thursday morning (February 23) interview on New York's Power 105, the Dog spoke his mind — freely. X, who is performing a homecoming concert Thursday night in New York, spoke with the Breakfast Club personalities, Angela Yee, DJ Envy and Charlamagne, opening up about his career and giving his take on some of rap's newest stars.

The Dog let loose his collaboration with MTV's 2011 Hottest Breakthrough Mc Machine Gun Kelly on "I Don't Dance." While Dark Man X praised Mgk, saying that he was better than 80 percent of the rappers today, he wasn't as impressed with Drake. When asked if he liked Drizzy, X responded, "No," without any hesitation. "I don't like anything about Drake," he stated freely. "I don't like his f---ing voice
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Irv Gotti's Def Jam Presidency Bid 'Caused A Buzz'

'Everybody felt what I was saying and was riding,' former Murder Inc. boss says about October 'RapFix Live' appearance.

By Rob Markman

Irv Gotti

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No matter if he was producing hits for Jay-z or J.Lo or running Murder, Inc Records, Irv Gotti always approached the game with passion. Gotti brought that same love to MTV's "RapFix Live" in October when he essentially campaigned to become Def Jam's next president.

"It caused a buzz, and I want people to know I didn't start the whole 'Irv Gotti for president' thing; the people did," the former Def Jam A&R told MTV News as he walked the red carpet at the reopening of Jay-z's 40/40 Club in Manhattan last week. "It was a crazy thing, and it was all good."

Gotti has a storied relationship with the groundbreaking rap label. After he produced "Can I Live" from Hov's 1996 debut,
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Jay-z Compliments Warren Buffett’s Tie, And Other Imaginary Tales

Actually, the headline lies. We are really having a hard time imagining what really went down at the party celebrating the reopening of Jay-z’s 40/40 Club in New York City last night. It was Hov’s first public appearance since the birth of Blue Ivy Carter, and Beyonce understandably chose to stay home. The sheer variety of attendees would blow our mind if we weren’t already used to Jay’s wide scope of influence: Warren Buffet, Selita Ebanks, Spike Lee, Mob Wives star Renee Graziano and Yankees pitcher Cc Sabathia were there along with his more musical pals like Ashanti, Wale, Questlove and Irv Gotti. Head over to VH1 Blog for a gallery of the illustrious guests, and watch what Ashanti and Gotti had to say about the new parents in an interview with MTV News below.

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Jay-z Makes Post-Baby Appearance At 40/40 Reopening

Ashanti, Spike Lee, Irv Gotti and more of Hov's high-profile friends toast the new dad at renovated NYC club.

By Rob Markman

Jay-z at the 40/40 Club Reopening

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New York — Jay-z has a lot to celebrate. A little over a week ago, he and wife Beyoncé welcomed daughter Blue Ivy Carter into the world, and on Wednesday night, big poppa Hov had a bit of business to attend to at the reopening of his 40/40 Club.

The stars came out and walked the red carpet before entering the redesigned sports bar. Jay's buddies Warren Buffet, Spike Lee, Steve Stoute, Kevin Liles and New York Yankees pitcher Cc Sabathia all attended.

"Hov always has big parties, so I'm definitely looking forward to going inside and mingling and jingling," Ashanti said.

"We here at the reopening of the 40/40; we about to have a couple of drinks, a lot of beautiful women, New York City,
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Best Edm Artists Of 2011

MTV counts down the top 10 electronic dance music artists of the year.

By Akshay Bhansali and Adam Stewart


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Maybe you were at the grocery store when you found yourself singing along to Afrojack's "Take Over Control" for the hundredth time. Or maybe it was when Martin Solveig's "Hello" was suddenly on repeat on your iPod. Whatever your moment was, it's fair to say the American appetite for electronic dance music surged in 2011, bringing "the rave" to radio and festivals, touching every U.S. city (big and small). Even Grammy voters took notice this year, nominating Skrillex for Best New Artist and in four other categories.

Afrojack, David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Benny Benassi put up mainstream, chart-topping bangers. Las Vegas' Electric Daisy Carnival and Miami's Ultra Music Festival saw record attendance, and dance music's biggest stars headlined a stage at every major mainstream festival: Lollapalooza,
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Jadakiss Supports Irv Gotti For Def Jam President

'He said a lot of stuff that doesn't get said,' Jada tells MTV News of Irv's 'RapFix Live' appearance last month.

By Alvin Blanco


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Irv Gotti has another endorsement in his quasi-campaign to become president of Def Jam: Jadakiss thinks the producer and executive would be a good fit at the storied record label.

The Yonkers rapper "loved" Gotti's early October appearance on MTV News' "RapFix Live," when he insisted he was the "best man" for Def Jam's currently vacant presidency.

"It was one of the best 'RapFix' [interviews] ever," Jada told MTV News. "He said a lot of stuff that doesn't get said. He was able to [vent] without hating on the record labels or channeling any hate. ... Everything he said — me being on the inside looking out and him being on the inside looking out but now on the outside looking in
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Lloyd Downplays Irv Gotti Insult

'I don't really feel affected by the comments that were made towards me,' Lloyd tells MTV News of 'RapFix Live' comments.

By Rob Markman


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When Irv Gotti appeared on "RapFix Live" on October 5, he joked that he has no filter. And when the subject of his former Murder Inc. artist Lloyd came up, Gotti didn't hold back, saying he had "no love" for the R&B singer.

Lloyd, however, took the high road when asked about his old boss. "I haven't been in that situation for years now," said Lloyd, who has since moved to Interscope Records. "I think that what don't break us, makes us, and people throw stones a lot, but I don't live in a glass house. I don't really feel affected by the comments that were made towards me."

The Atlanta vocalist, who recently dropped his fourth LP, King of Hearts,
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Red Cafe Brings Bad Boy Swag To 'RapFix Live'

'Fly Together' artist will appear on 'RapFix Live' Wednesday at 4 p.m. Et.

By Rob Markman

Red Cafe

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Bad Boy Records has a rich tradition. Since its inception in the early 1990s, label CEO Sean "Diddy" Combs has introduced some of hip-hop's most influential artists. Of course, there was the Notorious B.I.G., the Lox, Ma$e and Black Rob. Now, Diddy is looking to launch the next generation of Bad Boy spitters like Mgk and Wednesday's "RapFix Live" guest, Red Café.

The Brooklyn spitter began his career as a part of the group Da Franchise but later branched off with his solo career. Making his mark on New York's mixtape market, Red earned quite a few record deals but was never able to release his proper debut album, despite churning out a ton of notable singles like 2005's "Bling Blaow," 2008's "Paper Touchin' " and 2010's "I'm Ill.
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