Ashanti Talks Nelly, Rihanna & Ciara Beef, Murder Inc, "Never Should Have", & Twerks With Her Mom / by


Her album may have been pushed back more than Labron James' hairline but it's not stopping her from promoting. Ashanti dropped by What Happens Live with Christina Richie and dished on a few things. She answered questions from live callers and the social networks.

She was questioned about the Ciara and Rihanna beef, if her song "Never Should Have" was about Nelly, Ja Rule, her fitness and she twerked with her mom Tina Douglass. Also, the host indicated that her album will drop September 3rd, but the reaction Ashanti gave makes me thinks otherwise. Get into it below.


On the Ciara and Rihanna beef: "I think Rihanna is killin' it right now. She's very free. I think Ciara's definitely doing her thing. I like her new video. I think there's room for every chick that wants to get down and just be big in the business. You have to have your swag and great records so I think there's room.

On her fitness secrets: I've thought about doing a workout video with my trainer. I need to work out more than I do. But when I know I'm going to be on television or shooting a video or something, I kinda cheat and workout 3-4 times a week. When I know I had to do a video a few years ago, I did 1000 crunches every hour for 24 hours. I don't know (if it was healthy) but it looked GREAT. I had to wear a bikini.

 On Ja Rule: Yeah we're still in touch. You know he's out now! We spoke on the phone, he's in great spirits, he's working on a new album. He's looking kinda brolic now.
On her breakup with Murder Inc: There's no bad blood. We went through a whole lot. There was family involved and relationships involved. It was really hard when that stuff happened. It was like a black cloud over all of us. There was a period where we didn't talk as much as we did. But as it stands today, we're all good. The whole Murder Inc. family. We made history together. We're in the Guinness Book of World Records together. (Record: The fastest selling debut female artist in music history.)



On whether "Never Should Have" is about her ex Nelly: Well, how do I answer that? I'll just say its a very real record, that's inspired by a real experience and it came from a real place.

(When Andy said, "So I'm gonna say YES"....Ashanti laughed it up. So, yeah...)


The Interview:


The Twerk: