Drink Champs may say that its mission is to give hip-hop icons their flowers while they’re still around to smell them, but fans’ chief interest in the show is the tea that spills in the free-spirited environment. With the alcohol flowing and hosts NORE and DJ EFN egging them on, guests are more than happy to get a little messy about drama both past and current, creating clips that the show’s producers are more than happy to use to promote each upcoming episode.
Case in point, a future episode sees rap producer Irv Gotti of Murder Inc. Records stopping by to promote his upcoming Murder Inc. documentary and, in a clip shared by NORE, waxing nostalgic about his former relationship with Murder Inc. singer Ashanti. “Gotti ain’t over it,” NORE laughs in the caption as Gotti recounts in the video how he found out that Ashanti was dating Country Grammar rapper Nelly. As it happens, he says, “I was at home… NBA package, I like watching sports. ‘My God, what’s this commotion going on in the stadium?’ We just found out what the commotion is: Nelly has walked in with Ashanti.”
Of course, as pointed out by many — and I mean MANY — followers on Twitter, Gotti may not deserve as much sympathy as he feels he does, as he was married at the time, Ashanti was 12 years his junior at 24, and she was technically his employee, creating an imbalanced power dynamic even if he hadn’t been cheating on his wife at the time.
“Lemme tell you how this chick broke my heart yo, I had to really go home back to my wife after hearing this sh*t…I was sick” ???? pic.twitter.com/8YMTCcvTBy
— Kofi Josephs (@Keezus4) August 2, 2022
Irv having a whole wife during that time just makes this even more hilariously sad pic.twitter.com/KeO7yaJOIn
— It’s My Opinion ??♀️? ? (@thatdamnbrook) August 2, 2022
Irv did Ashanti so dirty behind the scenes with the music deals and limiting who she could make songs with… AND HE WAS MARRIED SIR CRY ME A RIVER pic.twitter.com/xzMIhESLxq
— ℐΛY ϯ ™ ? (High Value Man) ? (@ijayt205) August 2, 2022
This nigga can NOT keep Ashanti’s name out of his mouth.
The worst thing you can do, is mistakenly give some coochie to the chatty patty ass nigga. Its been 20 years! https://t.co/39vW55zvwQ
— VIRGO’s GROOVE STAN ACCOUNT (@pinky_balboa) August 2, 2022
Ok… but…. Wasn't Irv married?
I mean, I feel like that's relevant to this conversation. https://t.co/gLOT0Kp8dA
— Naima Cochrane (@naima) August 2, 2022
So, yeah. Drink Champs is where rap icons go to get blitzed and drunkenly reminisce about 20-year-old breakups and beef for the consumption of bored office drones who love the mess but also love dunking on said icons for engagement on Twitter. Jordan Peele was right.