Ashanti don't play
Ashanti’s whole appearance on a new episode of Everyday Struggle can be summed up in three words: “Joe, what’s good?”
The singer rolled up on the daily hip-hop debate show to let them know she wasn’t having their jokes about her and a recent performance where a fan threw money on her as if she was a stripper. Ashanti wanted the whole struggle crew to know that today she has time in her very own Miley-Minaj moment.
The singer laid into the whole crew for joking that she deserved to be treated like a stripper because of the song “Rain On Me.”
“‘Rain On Me’ is a very powerful record that spoke about domestic violence,” she said. “Where you’re going with ‘Rain On Me’ may be somewhere else, but I’m hear to clear it up. That’s what the record is about.”
Beyond the anger, Ashanti went back and forth and debated Budden about the incident.
“I had on a bodysuit with boots which 90 percent of my peers wear which we perform in,” she said. “We’re there to do a show. So that’s what you wear.”
She also drew the line between herself and strippers in clear terms.
“Strippers are naked. They have on thongs I’ve never seen a stripper in a bodysuit,” she said.
Joe countered that Ashanti must never have been in a strip club.
“I was at [Ace Of Diamonds] a month ago,” she said. “What are you talking about?”
Budden Takes An L
Joe explained that New York City strippers aren’t allowed to be naked and therefore wear bodysuits with regularity.
“Is New York the only place that has strip clubs?” Ashanti asked incredulously, before shifting to her next point. “If I wear a stethoscope, am I a doctor?”
When Joe and Akademiks said that she would be dressed like a doctor, Ashanti was ready.
“Would you like me to operate on you?” she said, to loud objections from both men. “Ok so, do I want money on me because I have on a bodysuit?
Joe backpedaled and said that obviously neither of the two men want her to have money thrown on her because she’s wearing a bodysuit.
“What do you think we’re ignorant f-cks up here?” he asked.
Ashanti said “Sometimes” and laughed. Budden was forced to agree.
“Yeah, sometimes,” he said. “Most times.”
See The Episode
What all men have learned from this episode is not to cross Ashanti. She clearly doesn’t play. Not to mention, the man who made the mistake of throwing money on her knows that full well.
“I’m gonna need you to stop throwing money,” she yelled from the stage at the time, embarrassing the dude. “I’m not a f-cking stripper.”
By the way, if you needed some clarification on that fact, just remember that Ashanti was talking deals with Bad Boy when she wasn’t even old enough to drive.
“I sat in Puff’s office when I was 13… which is when I met Notorious B.I.G… We almost did a deal but I ended up in a different situation… the next time I saw Puff was after ‘Foolish’ exploded it was hilarious and he gave me the biggest hug!! Always been love,” she wrote on Instagram.
Check out the whole episode of Everyday Struggle up top and let us know what you think. Is Ashanti in the right to be mad when people try to throw money on her at a show? Did Budden lose this argument? Did you know that’s what “Rain On Me” was about? Sound off in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.