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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Braveheart

1. Intro - Braveheart

2. No Where

3. Runaway

4. Count

5. Early In The Morning

6. 3 Words

7. Love Games

8. Scars

9. Never Should Have

10. She Can't

11. Don't Tell Me No

12. I Got It

13. First Real Love / Outro

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Track List: The Declaration

1. Intro

3. You're Gonna Miss

4. So Over You

5. Struggle

6. Girlfriend

7. Things You Make Me Do

8. In These Streets

9. Good Good

10. Body On Me

11. Mother

12. Shine

13. The Declaration

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Track List: Concrete Rose

1. Concrete Rose Intro

2. Still Down (feat. T.I.)

3. Message To The Fans (Skit)

4. Only U

5. Focus

6. Don't Let Them

7. Love Again

8. Take Me Tonight (feat. Lloyd)

9. U

10. Every Lil' Thing

11. Turn It Up (feat. Ja Rule)

12. Buck 3000 (Skit)

13. So Hot

14. Don't Leave Me Alone (feat. 7 Aurelius)

15. Sister Stories (feat. Shi Shi) (Skit)

16. Freedom

17. Wonderful Remix (feat. Ja Rule)

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Track List: Chapter II

1. Intro / Medley

2. Shany's World (feat. Chink Santana)

3. Rock Wit U (Aww Baby)

4. What Are They Gonna Say Now (Skit)

5. Breakup 2 Makeup

6. I Found Lovin'

7. Rain On Me

8. Then Ya Gone (feat. Chink Santana)

9. Living My Life

10. Black Child (Skit)

11. Feel So Good

12. Carry On

13. The Sugar Shack (Skit)

14. The Story Of 2

15. Ohhh Ahhh

16. Shany Shia

17. Sweet Baby

18. U Say, I Say (feat. Gunnz)

19. I Don't Mind

20. Outro (feat Chink Santana)

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Track List: Ashanti (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Foolish

3. Happy

4. Leaving (Always On Time Part II)

5. Narrative Call (Skit)

6. Call

7. Scared

8. Rescue

9. Baby

10. VooDoo

11. Movies

12. Fight (Over Skit)

13. Over

14. Unfoolish

15. Shi Shi (Skit)

16. Dreams

17. Thank You

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Track List: Braveheart (Deluxe Edition)

1. Intro - Braveheart

2. No Where

3. Runaway

4. Count

5. Early In The Morning

6. 3 Words

7. Love Games

8. Scars

9. Never Should Have

10. She Can't

11. Don't Tell Me No

12. I Got It (Feat. Rick Ross)

13. First Real Love/Outro

14. Perfect So Far

15. Never Too Far Away

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Track List: Never Should Have (Single)

1. Never Should Have

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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)

1. The Way That I Love You

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Track List: The Woman You Love (Single)

1. The Woman You Love

2. The Woman You Love

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You no jus give A Chance.. La la la.....
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He gives me chills baby baby baby
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We was just partying to Ms Ashanti
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This s**t still bumping
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This is the Cut!!! The Biggie remix!!! And another one, here's another 1 and another 1!!!!!
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I love this song lol
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I love this song ��
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hey
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Foolish is so real
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my friend
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6 pafer men love you send nelly
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8 nelly and give you roes white and red
9 dream come true and fest queen
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my friend love you I love your songs and YouTube video sweet paons and love you and I am sorry loss your ex boyfriend and nelly and sweet paons and sweet dream come true and correct and tour and sweet men and need help Berk up and dating angel and nice paons love me help you
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Ashanti�����
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She is best amazing love her voice
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Love Ashanti I always like happy by Ashanti l hope meet Ashanti
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Rock Wit U (Aww Baby)
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john_etta
Foolish
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Unfoolish
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I what to be like her
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I love her and her music i wish i coukd sing like her
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I love Ashanti's music! I wish they still made music like this.
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Story of my life!
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Love love love...Dammm m Dammm. dammm?
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p.greer22
You are one of my favorite artist. I love your music, acting, and fashion! God bless!
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Unfoolish .....
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Soon ......Life. Is worth it. Every1 knows. : """"":
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Miss this kind of music
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Baby Baby Baby
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See my days r cold with out u but I'm hurting while I'm w u
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i wish i was a singer in life
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sister I am sorry for ex boyfriend and need help you sweet paons and nice paons and you feel my ex boyfriend and I am one Berk up boys and change me and my heart Berk and I love you and nelly mo and feel hurt me not sure my life and my friend and love me
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Yes baby
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Dammm she is so sexy and gorgeous I love her and love her music to lol from Jose in los Angeles.
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Loves Ashanti
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I love this song
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Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Post this on 5 other songs
Your crush will ask you out
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday possible. By the love of your life. Don't stop this is so freaky! But if you read this an ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this in 15 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar an your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen! This is so creepy because it actually works.
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loving this song
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Yes come good gnnny
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Fatui
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Ucf games gnnny love you too
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My birthday is this month Wednesday April 20 l,be 23 years old
Love Ashanti
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Still a dope track!
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Love Di's song so much
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Still slapping this song 2017
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Still listening to this in 2016
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My song
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Ayyyyyyyyy
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