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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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Selected Discography

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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 Way That I Love You (Radio Single)

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Track List: The Woman You Love (Single)

Comments

hchannel40
Love this
I love Ashanti. She was at a CD signing on Long Island and I took my daughters, my sister's and nieces What a sweet girl she is! Biggie was the man! RIP Christopher.
The memoriers of this song♥
Ashanti used to the ish
Nice now let me see that p**sy Ashanti so I can hit that
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.

What's the nm of the Collab she did w/ Lloyd?
RAIN ON ME!
Dude she hot n a great singer
Ashanti is the best!!!!
She is one of the sexiest singer ever!
She will always be the queen of Rb music.keep sing for me Mary.
She's sooooooo pretty!!!!!!
You always on time " holla"...
That's my girl I love Ashanti
I LUV u Ashanti
Living this now but it's cool... Moving forward .
Ashanti?
mleep7
Why was she on my Marina and the Diamonds radio when her voice SUCKS?
RAIN ON ME!<3
only you!<3
Follow me
She ain't better then beyounce but she cool though
Youis sohot
Don't read this because it actually works you will get kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.However if you don't post this comment you will die in 2 days.How that you've started reading don't stop put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen.This is so scary but it actually works :)
Here's another one...heres another one
Rain on me! Love it
mv5588
This song bring me a lot of memories...
g35gogogirl
I love this song. I get into my feeling.
never should love u is the best song
the way that i love you... why do i feel like that is about Nelly???
Kiss ur left hand
Say ur crushes name
Say ur name
Say a week day
Repost 15 times
Love ya
Unfoolish love that song
Love this song
Follow me
Bad girl that Ashanti... go head with your sexy self.......
Follow me ♥
I love Ashanti music it like so talking about me .
rain on me!<3
i love the baby's voice #socute
don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started, so don't stop. This is scary. Put this on at least five songs in at least 143 mins. When your done press F6, and your loved name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually works
I will luv forever..... . . . . .
Follow for Follow! :)
better than Beyonce??? lol yea uh no. she coo tho
killajazz
Luv it
great music it kills me ,when goes to waste because these knuckle head producers, can't leave that thug mentally alone s**t alone!
Team ashanti way better than beyonce
her music is upper good.!!!!
Love her music!!! Classic hits!!!2014
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