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Ashanti

With hitmaker Irv Gotti at the helm, Ashanti blasted into the urban music scene in 2002, topping the charts with multiple singles at once. She quickly became a sensation, gracing the covers of magazines and dominating urban radio. Ashanti built her reputation with duets, where she would complement an already popular rapper -- Ja Rule ("Always on Time"), Fat Joe ("What's Luv?"), the Notorious B.I.G. ("Unfoolish") -- contrasting the tough-guy male perspective with her own. It didn't take the young vocalist long to make a name for herself though: her debut album topped the Billboard album chart just as her debut solo single, "Foolish," was topping the Hot 100 chart. Her presence was inescapable.

Ashanti's overnight jump to superstardom followed that of Ja Rule, a similar urban music sensation helmed by Gotti. The New York producer took notice of Ashanti initially because of her beauty, dancing, and acting. She trained as a dancer at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, learning a number of dance styles. She danced most notably in Disney's Polly, which starred Phylicia Rashad, and also appeared in a number of big-name music videos, in addition to other dance work. As an actress, she made a name for herself with roles in Spike Lee's Malcolm X and Who's da Man before that. The multi-talented vocalist was causing quite a stir, and Gotti did what he could to bring her into his Murder Inc fold. After showcasing her swooning voice on Big Pun's "How We Roll" and the Fast and Furious soundtrack -- both in 2001 -- Gotti put Ashanti to work on her debut album, which he produced.

Success came quickly. A duet with Ja Rule, "Always on Time," hit number one on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in early 2002 just as a duet with Fat Joe, "What's Luv?," was creeping toward the same number one position. These two airplay-heavy singles set the stage perfectly for Ashanti's self-titled debut release. The album's lead single, "Foolish," raced up the Hot 100 chart, entering the Top Ten in March alongside "Always on Time" and "What's Luv?," giving her three Top Ten songs in the same week, including the number one and two positions -- a quite spectacular feat. And then Ashanti's album debuted at number one on the album chart, selling an astounding 500,000-plus copies in its first week. With all this chart-topping, Ashanti set some sales records and her success continued. Gotti readied a remix of "Foolish," titled "Unfoolish," that featured the Notorious B.I.G. and again overtook urban radio, where no artist was more omnipresent throughout 2002 than Ashanti.

She returned the following year with Chapter II, which likewise topped the Billboard album chart on the heels of its hot lead single, "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)." The album's success was somewhat eclipsed, however, by all the negative drama surrounding the Murder Inc camp at the time (i.e., an FBI investigation and a G-Unit feud). A Christmas album followed late that year. Concrete Rose appeared in December 2004 and debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200. Though she remained with The Inc for 2008's The Declaration, she sought out a number of songwriters and producers outside the label's in-house team, including Akon, Babyface, and Mario Winans. Highlighted by "The Way That I Love You" and "Good Good," it debuted at number six. Ashanti and the label subsequently parted ways. During the summer of 2009, Ashanti starred as Dorothy in a New York City stage production of The Wiz. Additional acting gigs and television appearances followed, including a role in the series Army Wives. In March 2014, over two years after its intended lead single ("The Woman You Love") was released, Ashanti released Braveheart, her first album for the eOne label. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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Track List: Never Should Have (Single)

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Track List: That's What We Do (Single)

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Track List: The Woman You Love (Single)

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She should have my baby !!!! Real talk $$$$ keep it 1000%
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See my days are cold without you,,,but in hurting while I'm with you......... . . t h a t ' s some real *ish
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You song is blessing !!
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Wow u is so pretty n i luv ur music
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Watch me smoke....... . . . . . . . . .
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Love of her songs!"
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OMG....SHE IS SO DAMN PRETTY
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Ashanti,,,,B a b y . . .
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FOOLISH
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I love you. Ashanti!
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This song is omfg love it.... exactly how I feel "BABY"... I LOSE MY THOUGHTS WHEN I LOOK INTO YOUR EYES
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This is the MF best song ever
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Adore u r very good at singing
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Been happy
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Love this !!!!
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I love ms Ashanti I love your song foolish
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Hi
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Big fan an your music has help me through alot
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I love your songs and your actress are you in army wifes because I watch it before
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My name is ashanti to
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I love. You ashanti
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Love her singing better than her acting because she is a horrible actress.
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Love herr ☺☺☺
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See my days are cold without you,,,but in hurting while im with you....
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Yes freedom staying away from abusive relationship s ten years of foolishness got my hope back and moving forward with my life raising mines on my own it's great to feel this way again$$$$$
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I love this song
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I love this song so much that I love Ashanti too much now
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I will always love this Artist
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Love u girl
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love this GIRL
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She is pertty
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Another jam BABY. Even though Scareface had the song first, but you got to give it up to her Ashanti did that...
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I love Ashanti music so much especially rain on me. I can relate...
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Only u can make me fill goods!!!!!!! ��������❤❤❤❤
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Much love and reality angle rip
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My is ashanti I am9
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Ashanti. O Really Love All Of Your Songs And Mostly Mother I lizten To It Eveeyday All Day. No Lie ..,
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I fell in love...but you playin��
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I Just wanna love u baby always thinking of u baby ooo baby!!!!:) i wanna rock with u :) non stop for me ohhhhh...... m m m . . . y e a h . . . . . i love u baby muah..... men make sure u treat woman to the fullest cuz a man is nothing without his lil momma so yeah woman are very important we all are :) vvvv��spread the love�� vvvv
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I will always love this song. It is so perfect for me and my girlfriend.
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