Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule are a famend hitmaking duo, from “I’m Real” in 2001 to “Ain’t It Funny” the next 12 months. But there are rumors lurking that vocals from Ashanti — who additionally scored a Billboard Hot 100 chief (“Foolish”) with Ja Rule — bought within the combine for Lopez’s No. 1 hit from 2001.
The singer-rapper bought actual with Andy Cohen on Sunday night time’s Watch What Happens Live present about how “I’m Real” went down. During the aftershow, a visitor caller from Louisiana requested Ja Rule, “Is it true that Ashanti sung J.Lo’s vocals in the beginning of her career?”’
“No, that’s not true,” he instantly responded.
But Cohen prompted Ja Rule to “clear this story up.” “So I wrote ‘I’m Real’ for Jennifer Lopez,” the 43-year-old artist said. “And I sung the original version of it as a reference, but I sound terrible, of course. … Ashanti then sung the reference for Jennifer Lopez.”
He continued, “When they mixed down the record, Irv [Gotti] left some of the vocals underneath. … She has some vocals underneath, I believe. And that is the rumor. I don’t even know if it’s really true!”
Ja Rule wasn’t “100 percent sure” if any of Ashanti’s vocals stay on the ultimate file, however “that’s how the whole thing came about.”
Ashanti fueled the rumors throughout an interview for No Judgment Zone with Blogxilla again in 2014. “I demoed the record for her. … And they kept my hook and, you know, they kept some of the backgrounds and ad libs and stuff like that,” she claimed on the time. “And it was funny, it was bittersweet because I was really excited ’cause it was J.Lo. But I was so mad at Irv. I was like, ‘You know I wanted that record!’ … I was so mad, but I was happy at the same time because it was J.Lo.”
Watch Ja Rule’s interview with Andy Cohen and hear to the tune for your self beneath.