Updated: Dec 2, 2022
Ashanti claims a producer asked for shower sex in exchange for songs or she would have to pay him forty-thousand dollars — “If Not I Need 40 Racks”
Ashanti claims producer demanded $40k after she refused to shower with him
Ashanti says record producer demanded she shower with him $40,000 per track.
In a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, the “Foolish” singer spoke about a disgruntled producer demanded $45,000 to work on her album only after she refused to shower with him.
Ashanti explained that she had only worked with the producer for a few weeks when the suggestion was made.
“We did two records together, he was like, ‘Okay, I’m not gonna charge you, you know you my homie,’” she recalled. “When it came time to put it on the album, he was like, ‘well, let’s take a shower together.’ I thought he was joking, and then he was like, ‘Nah, I’m dead serious. Let’s go out, or let’s take a shower together, and I’ll give you the records. If not, I need 40 racks per record.’”
Back in 2018, she first spoke about the incident briefly in a interview with Access Live, she shared that “it felt disrespectful, obviously,” and added that she had heard similar stories from other women in the music industry. “It’s really creepy, it’s really, really sad,” she added.
In 2020, she provided an update on the claim during an appearance on SiriusXM’s Conversations with Maria Menounos. “The way that apology came in, I actually got three records for free,” she said, though the apology allegedly was only issued after she made a number of calls to friends and family to confront the producer. “And I got two of them mixed and mastered for free also.”
Catch the full interview above.