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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 Way That I Love You (Radio Single)

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Track List: The Woman You Love (Single)

Comments

My s**t
My s**t
Love me some Ashanti.
Lol my name is Ashanti XD
Love this song. Ashanti <3
I have always LOVED ASHANTI' S MUSIC AND WOULD LOVE FOR HER TO MAKE A NEW SINGLE I KNOW IN MY HEART IT WILL BE NUMBER #1 ON THE BILLBOARDS.. KEEP IT UP GIRL U R ALLLLL THAT...
Ashanti so washed
Ashanti
Mmmmmm She Is Soo Baeee(:
Climax trading places pills n potions let it go
moody.ariana
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post on 5 songs
Check under your pillow
The way I love u and so over u ma song
Dkdkkrorodos k s o f i o d o d k f o o o d o s d o i d o d k d i r o f f o f o i i f i f i i f i f i f i g g i f
Pink
Kiss or hand 5 times and post on 2 song and a pink or blue iPhone will be under pillow
D......Maste r , ur da real deal fine as hell red bone......,L v it
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
post on 5 songs
Check under your pillow
Love my girl preach lol
This song thoe haha good time and bad but always keep ur head up hi ha if u really love them tho then what the hell are u doing with out them
I Love this song and I am glad I got to read ur comment Amy I needed to hear that even though it wasnt directed to me....Going thru the rain but, Im keeping my faith in God and keeping myself open to change for the better and loving tighter in momments of struggle...B l e s s i n g s to y'all
I LOVE this song its old from back in the day STILL has meaning feel me baby gurl BOSS b**ch for the things I believe IN FACT my babies are my life forever n always be the #1 GURL BOSS IN COLUMBUS INDIAN A IM A STRONG WOMAN WITH MORALS AND SOUL ABOUT MYSELF AMY REAL DOWN A** B**CH FOREVA AND ALWAYS LOVE MY HOMMIES FROM MY HOME TOWN THATS WHATS UP BABYGURL MAMA AND SOUL OF MUSIC THIS SONG IS TRU TRYING TO FIND WHERE I WENT WRONG FOR REAL. ..........
This song is the most important thing in which a couple needs to make THERE LOVE stronger than ever before
I'm loving this song right now..... Takes me back
This is my jaaaammmm!!! ! Reminds me of something I once went trough with a some1 I'm still with . We went through some rough times and managed to ram trough it .. When this song plays it takes me back but don't get sad much because he's by me still .. We held our love down to whatever came our way !! <3 go Ashanti baaayybeeyyy
Heeeyyy!! Takes me back :)
Throw back !!!!!!!!
Love the song baby
This is the best love song ever. Love, Love, Love!!!!
this was one of my sister favorite song R.I.P
hgaleazzi
Always in. The. Heart.
If kolkk l l,kmmk ,osikkii sksmskms sk s w,,lw,l,
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Rain on me always makes me feel some kinda way... ��
hgaleazzi
Always. Love. Heart.
hgaleazzi
So. Cool. We. Pray.
I love this song the beats are insane artist should make more music just like this!!!!!!!!
I love Ashanti! Her songs are so real.
Hey I forgot but everyone tell your parent that I said happy mother day,and happy farther day
Right there
The collaboratio n she did with Lloyd was called "SOUTHSIDE"
I love your song mother I sang that song to my mom on Mother's Day and she love that song now
Ashanti gina Bebe kiss you I love you
Gilt I am Here is my first time, but
What a nice jam shanti. You a goddess woman. Keep up the good work. Make him give dat feelin.
You don't have to tell me that twice ;) Ashanti
Say Ariana
clap your hands 5 times
Then cheek your voice
Lov ur songs
bish you locked my account ;)
How can you say this ?
I love this you did good baby girl
Love this song see my days callin about you
My Jammm....��
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