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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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Comments

epaz82
DAMN JUST THINK ABOUT WASTING 7+ YEARS OF YOUR LIFE AND THE WHOLE TIME YOU THOUGHT HE WAS A BLESSING SENT FROM UP ABOVE TO HEAL ALL OF THE HURT N BAD STUFF THAT HAS HAPPENED IN YOUR LIFE!!!AIN'T THAT A HARD ONE TO SWALLOW!!!RE E T Z aka $HTONE
Do your thing Ashanti I love your song's
Ii966 so you war are friend
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Bad song..
Ashanti is great and i understand you been going through some stuff
Ashanti is foolish and then unfoolish luv those songs!!! :) :) :) :)
Rain on me Lord won't u take this pain from me I don't wanna live I don't wanna die I've made up My mind cuz +over And over I tried And over u lied. And over and over I cry Lord won't u take this pain from me $$save me I love you so so much god but I'm so tired it just don't seem right I just wonder why protect us all amen. Cuz u are the London the power And the glory amen. +
Understand I get: n My knees til they bloody +BabyRed + u don't know what.you(Yve t t e s ) done to me! ukeep me saint Alive And feeding My brain cuz ur My Baby Baby Baby Baby Baby *
I try And try again....... .
U know i want you!!! 4-Life!!! IT'S NOT EVER OVER FOR U AND ME MUAH...
I'm leaving you to night
I love movies ��

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I like baby baby
Do not read this it really works.your true love will kiss uand tomorrow will be the best day of your life however you will die if u dont post this to 5 musics in173.
Ii966 hi I her now do you haver some 1
Hey Ashanti love all your music
Ashanti I lv you're song foolish��
Want me?
Praying
U pretty....lo l that's all jk lol
U is a BEAUTIFUL WOMAN ��
Ii966 I her for you I
Ii966 I her
misslina713
Hi (:
Ii966 I wot you I woman I do not Facebook you hot
I swear this s**t
Love your music you and Aaliyah are my favorite girl singers
Go with me
I Love you
Vanessa flowers


I love your music
I love your songs
Hey Ashanti i love u ♥♥♡♡
Keyshia Cole R
I love this song I remember this song came out
Love this song
Love this song foolish days gone with out u
Love Ashanti ❤❤����
Love this song
karisma.arvi s o 1
For life till death
Ashanti can sing!!!! Talented just watched her Xmas movie on lifetime a few days ago!! Very talented
karisma.arvi s o 1
For real tho
lisa.gunn061 5 2
Hey hey now keep this s*** coming.
No more, wasting my money and you don't have the common courtesy to call , that was my bad tho, I had you on a pedestal and STAYED READY!! I KNOW you sick thO, shoulda told the TRUTH!!!
I know better than anyone else who wants me got my life to be able too.What you know hoe feel about the music.
Hi
Sexy a** ashanti hmmm
Guess they win,but don't mean you gain me. Thank you shipping 29 but i stll won't want you.
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