Ashanti Reveals What Her Ex-Nelly Whispered In Her Ear During VERZUZ Battle, Says Run-In Was A ‘Little Awkward’

We all saw that random moment when Nelly jetted across the stage to hug his ex-Ashanti and whisper in her ear during the Ja Rule vs. Fat Joe VERZUZ Battle.

Now, Ashanti is sharing what he said during the “little awkward” moment…

Ashanti and Nelly were one of Hip Hop’s most-loved couples during the early 2000s. They first met in 2003 at a Grammy Awards press conference. Then, dating rumors began shortly after. There was even marriage talk at one point during their decade long relationship, however, they never made it down the aisle. They called it quits in 2013.

 

Since then, they’ve gone their separate ways.

Ashanti has been living her very best life over the years. She’s glowing these days with tons of amazing things coming down the pipeline. Sis has been out in these streets, touring with Omarion and Bow Wow on the Millennium Tour, jetting off to the islands, slaying birthday parties and more.

 

 

 
 

 

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The Grammy Award winning singer was front and center to support her Murda Inc. homie Ja Rule during his VERZUZ Battle with Fat Joe. The R&B singer was minding her business on stage before her ex-Nelly made a viral moment.

The Country Grammar” rapper saw Ashanti looking good across the stage and made a beeline to her with his arms extended as if he wanted a hug. He leaned in for a hug and whispered something in her ear. Check it:

 

Nelly really walked through these people’s concert to give Ashanti a hug #VERZUZ pic.twitter.com/J02cjG7XxD

— Kathleen Francois, LCSW, LCADC (@katfrancoislcsw) September 15, 2021

 

 

Did Nelly walk over and try to ask for a hug from Ashanti? #VERZUZ pic.twitter.com/ATd4adeIY4

— Mr B. (@HoeAssMrB) September 15, 2021

 

The former Murda Inc. First Lady sat down to chop it up with Power 105’s Angie Martinez and the radio host didn’t waste any time to ask her about the viral moment with her ex.

"It was very unexpected," she said. "I hadn’t seen him in, like, six years. Spoken or seen. It was a little awkward!"

So, what did Nelly whisper in her ear?

"You know what the crazy part is, he didn’t say anything," she explained. "He didn’t say anything. First of all, I didn’t know he was going to be there. I told Joe, like, ‘Joe, why didn’t you tell me he was gonna be here?’ He was like, ‘Sis, I know, it’s terrible! I couldn’t risk you not coming if you knew he was gonna be there,” she said impersonating Joe perfectly.

Ashanti went on to reveal she’s currently in a relationship with someone, but she’s keeping it “low and private.” She said “some of us” might know her boyfriend, but she’s not revealing who he is.

After several failed relationships, Ashanti said she hopes she gets it right this time around, but admitted it’s a lot balancing her career, personal and love life.

As for her career, she’s currently on your, she has book coming out, she’s gearing up to executive produce another film and she’ll be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Not only that, she plans on re-recording her self-titled debut album. The reason? She said she wants to show the business side of ownership and how important it is to “own.” With her first album contract, she’s allowed to re-record it and everything purchased from that moment on, she owns.

There may be some new direction on the album, but she confirmed she’s not taking Ja off any records. If anything, she said she’ll “add some sauce” to records for the re-record. While she said Ja pretty much supports her new endeavors, she hinted “the other guy” (*coughs* Irv Gotti *coughs*) likely isn’t happy about it.

Irv Gotti – who produced most of her early records – chimed in with his issue with her re-recording her album, saying she’s trying to "f over his masters he owns". It sounds like he’d rather flex owning something of hers than her wanting to own something of hers as well.

 

Also, the singer talked about praying with late rapper DMX, catching COVID-19 (she caught it from a family member) traveling the world, how she decides if she’ll clear a sample, and more. Ashanti was joined by her sister, Shia, where she talked about what it was like growing us as Ashanti’s little sister. She also reflected on a brutal domestic violence attack where her jaw was broken.

Peep the interview below:

 

Photo: Ashanti’s IG/Simmons

 

2021 BET Hip Hop Awards Red Carpet: Nick Cannon ‘Wilds Out’ In Crocs & Bathrobe + Remy Ma Shuts Ish Down + Jayda, Ari & More

The taping for the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards went down last night where your Hip Hop faves came out to celebrate everything poppin’ in Hip Hop.

Nick Cannon was "wildin’ out" on the carpet, Remy Ma slayed the carpet and several others – like Jayda Cheaves, Ari Fletcher, Tyler the Creator and more – were in the mix! Peep the flicks inside…

Celebs are back outside and turning up at all the events – concerts, award shows and more!

Last night, the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards were taped at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta to celebrate the year’s biggest moments in rap with special honors, live performances and more.

The show is set to premiere on BET on Tuesday, October 5th at 9PM ET/PT.

Nick Cannon made his way to the red carpet … to "wild out."

The father-of-seven pulled up on the carpet in a white bathrobe, red and white striped boxers, mismatching Crocs and Christmas socks, gold armor vest, red locs and a gold bowl he wore on the top of his head as a hat. In his hand, he carried about a dozen Styrofoam cups as he snapped it up on the carpet:

On social media, the "Wild ‘N Out" honcho denied it was him, sharing a screenshot of a red carpet flick, writing,"Y’all gonna stop playing with me!! This is not me!!! I’m busy working on my brand new hit Talk Show in Harlem!!! When would I have time to go all the way to Atlanta for the hip hop awards dressed in my drawlz?!!!"

 

 
 

 

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You’ll notice, he tagged his alter ego, Murda Count, and hashtagged his upcoming talk show in the post.

That’s Murda Count, not Nick Cannon https://t.co/wcpwuY73ml

— Renaissance Woman (@ShaakiraWhite) September 13, 2021

Murda Count popped up at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards in a similar vest and sweatpants, which he paired with bedazzled Timberland boots.

Speaking of "Wild ‘N Out"…

Karlous Miller Chico Bean, and DC Young Fly– comedians/hosts of the “85 South Show” podcast and stars of “Wild N’ Out” – returned as co-hosts of the annual show.

The Godmother Remy Ma did not come to play! The NYC raptress looked BOMB in an orange D’ANTHONY DESIGNZ dress styled with her floor length tresses.

Of course her husband, Papoose, was right by her side.

 

 
 

 

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Entrepreneur Jayda Cheaves – mother of Lil Baby‘s youngest son – turned heads in a black see-through London Couture gown, leaving little to the imagination.

 

 
 

 

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Jayda just made it back to the States after celebrating her birthday in Jamaica. The birthday girl was arrested for having a gun on her private aircraft. The weapon is legal in the U.S., but she did not have permission to bring it to the island. She managed to avoid jail time after paying fines for having the firearm. Since she’s been back, Jayda has been super busy. Just yesterday, she posed it up for four different magazines. 

Social media influencer Ari Fletcher Moneybagg Yo‘s girlfriend & mother of G Herbo’s eldest son – rocked a custom all-black CALÉCHIE ‘fit to support her man.

 

 
 

 

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NYC raptress Dream Doll popped up on the carpet in an Area ensemble paired with Christian Louboutin booties. Are you feeling it?!

Tyler the Creator made his way on the carpet before he was honored.

LL Cool J presented the first-ever “Rock The Bells Cultural Influence Award” to the Grammy-Award winning rapper, producer, entrepreneur and four-time “BET Hip Hop Awards” nominee, honoring his impressive cultural contributions, talent and unbound creativity, that has cemented him as one of the most innovative forces in music.

Rapper, entrepreneur, and actor Nelly received the 2021 “I Am Hip Hop” Award.

Rapper Paul Wall and rapper-turned-host Fat Joe (wearing a Louis Vuitton jacket) were all smiles on the carpet.

 

 
 

 

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Want more from the red carpet? Swipe through our gallery below to see more of your faves.

Tune in to the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday, October 5th at 9PM ET/PT. Click here for this year’s nominees.

Photos: Getty Images for BET

For The CULTURE: YBF Celebs Back Outside For The 2021 BET Hip-Hop Awards!

Fat Joe Apologizes To Lil Mo & Vita For Calling Them ‘Dusty B*tches’ During VERZUZ Battle With Ja Rule + Remy Ma Enters The Chat

Fat Joe is apologizing for comments he made during his VERZUZ Battle against Ja Rule. While trying to pop back at Ja, he came for Lil Mo and Vita, dubbing them "dusty b*tches."

Mo posted he should issue an apology and then Remy Ma joined the chat. More inside…

 

 

 
 

 

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Things got heated during Fat Joe‘s VERZUZ Battle with Ja Rule when he threw out that "dusty b*tches" comment aimed at singer Lil Mo and raptress Vita.

Last night, the two New York rappers pulled out all of their biggest hits. They even invited several of their biggest collaborators to join them for the battle, including Nelly, Ashanti, Remy Ma and more.

After Ja performed "Put It On Me" featuring Lil Mo and Vita, Fat Joe followed up with some disrespectful commentary aimed at the two ladies.

"Oh, them dusty b*tches," Joe said about Lil Mo and Vita. "You had to go to the crack house to find them b*tches."

Just…wow.

Later, Ja called Joe out for disrespecting the ladies. Check it below:

After Joe started to receive backlash online for his comments, he hopped on Twitter to apologize:

“Shout to the ladies very sorry if I disrespected,” he tweeted. “I love Vida and Lil Moe I’m super sorry love my sisters.”

That wasn’t enough for Mo. She hopped on Instagram to clap back at Joe’s comments.

"I need EVERYONE to tell @Fatjoe he owes A genuine Apology," she wrote. "I don’t Live in A #CrackHouse , I’m Not A #Bxtch nor am I Dusty!!! #StreetCODE Women & Children is off limits #Disappointed #Legend"

The "Lean Back" rapper hopped in her comments to apologize again: 

Remy Ma – who also performed during the VERZUZ – hopped in Mo’s comments to defend her "brother" Fat Joe.

"@thelilmoshow Stop it Mo, you know damn well Joe ain’t on it like that. First of all …you, V, Shanti- or nobody had even come out yet- when him and Ja was going back & forth; we didn’t know who was in the back. Second… I was in the car when you walked thru the parking lot and he hugged you, & showed mad love as usual…no need for your followers to tell him anything, as someone that personally knows you I’m sorry you were offended – you can call my phone ; matter fact I’m gonna dm you my number in case you don’t have it anymore – but also as someone that personally knows Joe he was not intentionally trying to hurt anyone- it was a battle between friends that are like family, sidebar: #streetcode don’t do social media"

Sheesh.

Vita said she was wondering why Joe was issuing an apology to her because she was in the dressing room when he made those comments:

 

 

 
 

 

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"@fatjoe Yooooo bro I was wondering why U was apologizing to me last night N @jarule Dressing Room Except his apology or Naw???," she wrote on IG. "What y’all think??? what you think Mo @thelilmoshow @fatjoe vs Rule or was it @fatjoe vs The Ladies #Grrrrrrrr #cartierShades4TheShady #BerMuda"

That wasn’t all of the foolery that went down during the battle…

 

Nelly really walked through these people’s concert to give Ashanti a hug #VERZUZ pic.twitter.com/J02cjG7XxD

— Kathleen Francois, MSW, LCSW, LCADC (@katfrancoislcsw) September 15, 2021

 

 

Did Nelly walk over and try to ask for a hug from Ashanti? #VERZUZ pic.twitter.com/ATd4adeIY4

— Mr B. (@HoeAssMrB) September 15, 2021

 

Newly single Nelly walked clean across the stage to get a hug from his ex-girlfriend Ashanti. Peep the clips above.

 

Nelly & Ashanti on stage with Fat Joe & Ja Rule at the #Verzuz battle pic.twitter.com/rkAGmqXpJS

— 2Cool2Blog (@2cooI2blog) September 15, 2021

 

Chile…

Oh. Fat Joe gifted Remy & Ashanti Hermes handbags on stage:

 

Fat Joe gifted Ashanti and Remy Ma Birkin bags in the middle of his #VERZUZ. pic.twitter.com/iI4AzPwzcp

— Hip Hop Ties (@HipHopTiesMedia) September 15, 2021

 

Who did you pick as the winner of the VERZUZ Battle?

Photos: Fat Joe’s IG/Ja Rule’s IG

 

Fat Joe, DJ Khaled & Amorphous – Sunshine (The Light) Lyrics

Play this song

[Intro: Fat Joe]
(Cool N Dre)
It’s 2021
Time to bring the light in
We gon’ bring the light in, you know?
DJ Khaled, I see you
Cool N Dre, I see you
Pristine Jewelers in the building
L Boogie, Lorena, Terell, the flyest
Let’s get it

[Chorus: Rihanna & Fat Joe]
Kiss it, kiss it better, baby
Been waitin’ on that sunshine, boy
I think I need that back
Can’t do it like that
No one else gon’ get it like that
So why argue? You yell, but you take me back
Who cares, when it feels like crack? (Uh)
Boy, ya know that you always do it right (Yeah)

[Verse 1: Fat Joe, Rihanna & DJ Khaled]
She want that old thing back
Pretty young thing want that old G crack
Straight savage when I got my Fenty on
Do thе D’USSÉ with a touch of DeLeón (Uh)
She got a man and hе stuck in the feds
Said he gon’ kill me ’cause she up in my bed
We wear chains and it’s like the narcs (Kiss it, kiss it)
Only G7s when the flights depart
Stash pesos in Turks and Caicos
Dapper Dan Don, the first to break those
Now back to Caicos
Throw your Rollies in the sky, my guys’ll take those
Lower East Side, I’m up in NY
See me on the floor with Obi courtside
Baddies on deck, you know I’m lovin’ ’em (Kiss it, kiss it better, baby)
Still in a meetin’ with Khaled (Another one)

[Chorus: Rihanna & Fat Joe]
Been waitin’ on that sunshine, boy
I think I need that back
Can’t do it like that
No one else gon’ get it like that
So why argue? You yell, but you take me back
Who cares, when it feels like crack?
Boy, ya know that you always do it right (Yeah, uh)

[Verse 2: Fat Joe]
Crack man and I’m out of the game
Silk shirts and a couple of chains
I go deeper and deeper
Sign the prenup, you know it’s cheaper to keep her
Croc Birkin, a two-seater
Put you in Milan, you can kick your feet up
Take care, pinkie ring on the don, I told her

[Chorus: Rihanna]
Kiss it, kiss it better, baby
Been waitin’ on that sunshine, boy
I think I need that back
Can’t do it like that
No one else gon’ get it like that
So why argue? You yell, but you take me back
Who cares, when it feels like crack?
Boy, ya know that you always do it right

[Outro: Luther Vandross & Rihanna]
I can’t fool myself, I don’t want nobody else to ever love me
Kiss it, kiss it
I can’t fool myself, I don’t want nobody else to ever love me
You are my shining star, my guiding light, my love fantasy

Wyclef Jean – The Ring (J’ouvert Deluxe Edition Album)

[Intro]
It’s been 7 years, man. I left at the height of my career, man and I’m coming back. It’s like I’m starting all over again. It don’t matter what I did before, man. This the music business, man. You’re only as hot as your last hit. Everybody like, "Yo, can he get another ring?"

[Hook]
100 million records, all the work I put in
All they wanna know is will I get another ring, yeah
Will I get another win
All they wanna know is will I get another ring

[Verse 2]
The smile in my face, behind my back, they hate us
But like Bernie Mac said, I ain’t scared of you motherfuckers
Little Haiti to Sicily, Big Pun, he was a friend to me
Fat Joe, he called me literally, put me on a track instantly
Caribbean connection put me all the way up
What goes up must go down, so Thugga picked me up
Ay, that’s what I call that street cred
Take your chance in the lobby, you gon’ meet those old dreads
Chef [?], me and Khaled go back
So far back, boy shottas, man, he had a 6 pack
And I’m back on the tribe on a quest to go harder
So hard, you gon’ think I’m all 3 Carters
Why haters wanna doubt that I’m Luke with the Force
Man, they kids got the scores, screamin’ too much hot sauce

[Hook]
100 million records, all the work I put in
All they wanna know is will I get another ring, yeah
Will I get another win
All they wanna know is will I get another ring

[Verse 2]
A And the A stand for Alpha and Omega
B And the B stand for Bury You, that’s what I’m known to do to rappers
C C stands for Chance, once you take, regard your shit
DEF, is the squad, boy, read my lips
GH, General from Haiti, make my day
I stood in my jeans, in front of that ‘K’
And for me to take a L, it’s gon’ take MN
What’s that? Mother Nature with them strong winds
And oh, my Peace Productions like the Q
As in Quincy when he did that Thriller, Michael Jackson blew
And this is who we are, STU
Abbreviation for the studio, I kill it in the booth
And the V, be very careful when you watchin’ shottas
The W could turn to her and that’s murder for hire
By the window, light X, don’t ask why
I ain’t takin’ no Zs ’cause the clan’s outside

[Hook]
100 million records, all the work I put in
All they wanna know is will I get another ring, yeah
Will I get another win
All they wanna know is will I get another ring

[Verse 3]
Bean me up Scottie, I’m on that antidote
That Broccoli D.R.A.M gave me got me movin’ slow mo’
This big, I’m countin’ my blessings like I’m Sean
See the Future with my Jimmy Hendrix shades on
Haters wanna doubt and thought that I forgot my scales
That’s like I am Mike forgettin’ he trainin’ [?]
Vic hit me on the Jag, told me he mad
Wiz Khalifa paper plane’ll have you feel glad

[Hook]
100 million records, all the work I put in
All they wanna know is will I get another ring, yeah
Do I rap or will I sing?
All they wanna know is will I get another ring
Oh, I’ma get another ring
Oh, I’ma get another ring
From my mouth to God, aye
We gon’ get another ring
We gon’ get another ring
I’ma get another win
We gon’ get another ring