Shawnna Details Frustrations With Ludacris & Disturbing Tha Peace
As she traveled to Atlanta, Shawnna says she was approached by BET about taking part in one of the BET Hip Hop Awards cyphers. Shortly after BET contacted her about the possible cypher opening, she says her manager informed her that BET denied her access to the red carpet and the awards ceremony.
“When we get there, my manager says, ‘Shawnna I need to talk to you. Our PR person just got word from BET that you have been denied access to the red carpet and the BET Hip Hop Awards,’” Shawnna said. “At that moment, my whole world stopped. It had been a minute since I had been this excited about getting back on the scene and letting everybody know I’m ready. I was embarrassed, hurt, angry, all in one. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back…This is in no way a ploy to promote a mixtape, cause I don’t even have a mixtape right now. All I was trying to do was get down there and make a little noise with my single, network, communicate with people. They just tried to put a stop on everything. But God is good. We kept grinding. We kept doing our thing.”
According to Shawnna, BET was in a partnership with DTP “to present the festivities” for the awards show.
She later detailed her time spent at DTP and her decision to “keep it cordial” following her departure from the label. Shawnna then recalled others telling her she didn’t get the push needed while at DTP.
“I made the decision to keep it cordial,” she said. “I’m not the type of person that likes negativity…Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of things I didn’t agree with. I just chucked it up to being part of the business. But something would say, ‘Nah, this ain’t good business.’ It’s no secret I was with them for ten years, and all I had was two albums. I had a feature here and there, but it wasn’t enough. People would come up to me and say, ‘Shawnna didn’t get the push that she needed.’ I don’t have to say all these negative things about them. The proof is there.”
Shawnna also clarified her standing at DTP during her interview with AllHipHop.com. She says she hasn’t been signed to DTP for four years and hasn’t spoken to Ludacris since they started working on Battle Of The Sexes, a project that was originally intended to be a collaborative album between the two artists.
“I have not been signed to Disturbing Tha Peace for four years,” the rapper said. “I have no connection to them. I haven’t even spoken to Luda since before we even got to the split. I haven’t spoken to Luda since we were in the studio working on Battle Of The Sexes. I don’t understand why after four years, y’all still wanna take this shot at me. I have no idea what their next move could be, because I had no idea they’d make this move. I honestly thought they were on the same page as me – we’re going to let what happened between us, be between us. Let’s move forward on our own paths amicably. Obviously, I was wrong…Females in the industry cannot afford to take ‘Ls’ like that. If I win, females win. If I lose, females lose. That’s how I look at it.”