Flair goes 'Gotti's Way'
In the latest edition of WWE.com's Superstar to Superstar, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair chats with Murder, Inc. Records founder, Irv Gotti. The producer is the star of VH1's new Celebreality show, Gotti's Way. After being indicted on federal money laundering charges and found not guilty, Gotti is attempting to bring back the record label.
"We're presently in the midst of one of the greatest hip-hop comebacks that's ever been lived, because I don't think no one's been through what me and my company have been through," Gotti said on the show.
Gotti's ticket to renewed success lies in his most beloved friend and most prized artist, Ja Rule. If they can record a hit record, Murder, Inc. will rise to its feet again. Meanwhile, Gotti must try to keep peace among his ex-wife, Deb, and their children, at home.
Does the Nature Boy have any words of wisdom for VH1's newest Celebreality star? Read on to find out.
Ric Flair: Hey, Irv.
Irv Gotti: Hey, Ric.
RF: How are you, sir?
IG: What's up, man?
RF: It seems like you've been busy. How's your reality TV show, Gotti's Way, going?
IG: It's going good, you know. I like it. I did it, and I really like it. I think it's going to be a really good show. You know, outside just being for the hip-hop audience, I think the relationship with me and my ex-wife, and me and my kids, I think it's gonna break it outside the hip-hop world.
RF: It seems to me that you are a living legend in the recording industry. Do you feel that way about yourself?
IG: I think I put in a lot of work. I'm not gonna say that I don't like other people saying it — so I'm happy that you just said it. But I've put in enough work… I can definitely get that [title].
RF: That's awesome. So what made you decide to do Gotti's Way?
IG: Chris Abrego, the co-founder of 51 Minds, contacted me after I was on the cover of Source draped in the American flag. He basically was like, ‘this is a great story' after I was acquitted of federal money laundering charges. He said this would be a great comeback story with you coming back and everything like that. He contacted me and sat down with me, and it's really his idea, his vision.
RF: Well that's great. Now on Gotti's Way, your label, Murder, Inc., is looking to make a big comeback by making a hit record with Ja Rule. How's that going?
IG: It's going pretty good. We've got a single out now called "Body" and it's doing pretty good. You know the funny thing is, is that they actually caught the creation of "Body." They filmed it. I think when people see it, they are going to be really excited about it.
RF: Well that's great. What other albums are you producing this year?
IG: I've got Vanessa Carlton's album [Heroes and Thieves] which is in stores now. Ja Rule's album is coming out in November, and then Ashanti's album is coming out at the top of the year of 2008.
RF: Are there any WWE Superstars that you think would make good rappers? You do watch our show, right?
IG: I used to watch it way more when I was younger. I still watch from time to time, but not as much as when I was younger.
RF: Did you get a chance to catch John Cena when he was rapping?
IG: I do know who Cena is. I haven't watched his latest match. But I did see him when he was rapping.
RF: Yeah, he rapped when he first started. It was pretty cool, actually.
IG: I think wrestlers could do it. The simple fact is that you guys have such a huge following. I don't think you guys would be critiqued. Even if you weren't the best rappers, I don't think anyone would mind. It's all entertainment.
RF: Exactly, it's all sports-entertainment. That's what we call it. Your family plays an integral role in the show, and you touched on this earlier. Everything between you and your ex-wife, is that all working out?
IG: Yeah, yeah. We are like the best of friends in the world. You know, what the people need to know is what they are seeing has been a process. It wasn't just a… our friendship wasn't just like that overnight. She kicked me out of the house like six or seven years ago. The first two years were a difficult, volatile time. After that we developed this friendship, and now it's all good.
RF: That's great. Listen, I won't take up any more of your time, man. I just wanted to visit with you. I have a lot of respect for what you do.
IG: Thanks man, thanks. I had a great time talking to you.
RF: Thank you, sir.