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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

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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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I love this video
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Yes
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i love the video :)
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I've dedicated this song my Baby, Dj sooo many times!!!
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I've dedicated this song to my Baby sooo many times
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Me nem is Ashanty miagelle Pérez Narvaez
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Yup
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Till this day all her songs go hard GO BABY GiRL!!!!!
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This my JAM!!!!!
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This my s**t yeah baby girl
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I love this artist
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good station so far!!! :)
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Dont read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day if your life. However if you dont post this you will be injured but wont die in two days. Now you started reading this so dont stop. Post this on at least 5 songs jn the bext 143 minutes. When your done press f7 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letter. This is so scary it actually works
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That was my song back in the day��
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Bbn
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Loved this song in younger days!
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threella7
Love this song, Miss Ashanti!! Come back to this awesome & sexy style‼️ You're missed a lot‼️
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I luv your songs u can sing u are cute
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Goodness!!
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nettaree83
Ahsnit
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nettaree83
Ahsnit
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Kareemmurphy 7 9 she still has time she never lost her time you just mad
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She had her time
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ROCK WIT U ( AWW BABY ) ...
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I guess it's a question we all have to that person
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dgembaye
This is lam being real
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dgembaye
My favorite song is happy then foolish
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Cuz im real ��
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it's barley 7:39AM and Pandora has been on a roll....
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butterzwifey 4 0 5
2016 and this is still one of my favorite songs ever! �� #90sBaby
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Those dam double DD'S
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i love this /i want be her$$$$$$$$$ $ $ $
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Very sex. ����������- a���� . my �� wett wett.������� .
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It's me sugar
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I love reading the comments ppl put.. anyways this music is baby making music lol love it s**t on the radio these days suck
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I love you so much Ashanti
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yvettemartin e z 6 9 5
Couldn't be happier its over!....f** k that dead beat of my ex.....NEVER AGAIN!....I was stupid never again ��
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yvettemartin e z 6 9 5
Beautiful woman!
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Baby Baby yes love it
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Use to be my favorite singer what happened?
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Fk was Nelly thinking???d u m b a**!! smfh ..I would've had babies w her he's crazy,she's a keeper...wac k dumb a** rapper don't know how to keep such a beautiful woman. Its a DAMN SHAME!!!...L o l
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<3
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I havent heard from ashanti in a long time
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Never cared for Ashanti her music was something like garbage, sorry... But i did lke baby,baby,ba b y tho
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BEST ASHANTI SONG!!!!!
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Ashanti fine as hell baby baby baby
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Ahsnti
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Austrn
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This my is my song
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dreadax
Yessss...Thi s song is still the sh#t!
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Love her voice one of a kind. And beautiful thats it. U got it girl god bless
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