BraveHeart is the fifth album of singer-actress Ashanti’s career and her first since 2008.

During the early 2000s, Murder Inc. was one of the premier rap labels in the game.

However, once a rising 50 Cent and G-Unit records arrived on the scene they immediately began to beef, ultimately dominating Murder Inc.

Ashanti defends Ja Rule: ‘He still has what it takes to make a hit record’

The label’s signature star, Ja Rule, in a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, acknowledged that the battle with 50 did impact his career negatively.

TheGrio’s Kyle Harvey recently caught up with Ashanti to ask if she felt her career growth as a singer was stymied due to the hip-hop feud.

This is part 1 of a 3-part interview.

You can check out Kyle’s musical coverage on theGrio music page, and follow Kyle on Twitter at @HarveyWins.