Ja Rule Responds to Fat Joe Criticizing Irv Gotti for Ashanti Comments: 'Stop Saying I Didn't Defend Sis'

Fat Joe called Irv Gotti a "sucker" over remarks he made about his relationship with Ashanti while he was a guest on the 'Drink Champs' podcast.

Irv Gotti, Ja Rule and Fat Joe during MTV's "Iced Out" New Year's Eve 2005

Irv Gotti, Ja Rule and Fat Joe during MTV's "Iced Out" New Year's Eve 2005 - Backstage at MTV Studios - Times Square in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

Irv Gotti, Ja Rule and Fat Joe during MTV's "Iced Out" New Year's Eve 2005

Fat Joe has criticized Irv Gotti over remarks he made about his relationship with Ashanti while he was a guest on Drink Champs. Joe also called out Ja Rule, who was with Irv during the Drink Champs interview, for not defending Ashanti. 

Joe’s comments come after Irv recounted his brief love affair with the R&B singer during his inebriated time on DJ EFN and N.O.R.E.’s podcast, at one point even claiming her hit song “Happy” was created right after the two had sex.

Gotti’s tales have since rubbed a few people the wrong way, including Joe, who called his old friend’s recent remarks disrespectful.

“Y’all can @ IrvGotti, Ja, whatever the fuck you want,” Joe said in a video posted to Instagram. “Whatever Irv has with Ashanti is 20 years old, right? I know he was making some points that mean a lot to him, his heart, and soul. But when you keep ranting about somebody 20 years later, it feels like he’s not over the young lady, right?”

He continued, “Also, we didn’t know that they was fucking, right? Cause the whole time I’m there. ‘What’s Luv’, Big Pun record, on tour. I never seen them together like that. Now I’m not saying that they wasn’t, they was. I never seen it, but I don’t need to know! Now, It’s okay, if it’s in a documentary. You gotta say your truth in your documentary. But to go to Drink Champs and to keep calling her a bitch, keep disrespecting.”

Joe, as previously mentioned, went on to suggest that Ja Rule should have stuck up for Ashanti during the interview. As noted by TMZ, the Venni Vetti Vecci rapper caught wind of Joe’s comments and fired back, writing, “STOP saying I didn’t defend sis and all women when I clearly told Gotti stop calling Ashanti/women the B word same way I told Joe at Verzuz watch the interview before you talk shit… NOW LEAVE ME TF OUT THESE GROWN FOLK BUSINESSES… ❤️”

Fat Joe wasn’t the only one irked by Irv Gotti’s Drink Champs appearance. Elsewhere in the interview, the esteemed producer also called out his old acquaintance Mic Geronimo, the Queens rapper whom he worked closely with back in the 1990s.

“We back on Mic Geronimo?” Gotti said at one point. “Fuck that bitch ass n***a. I’m drunk but it’s really real. Fuck you n***a. You thought I wasn’t the one? Guess what? I’m the one n***a. I’m the fuckin one…I’m gonna make them fuckin’ hits that you gonna remember forever.”

Geronimo inevitably got wind of Gotti’s comments and responded in an Instagram video of his own.

Watch Fat Joe’s comments below, with the Ashanti talk beginning at the 22-minute mark.

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