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Album Review

Young, pretty, sexy, stylish, and hip, Ashanti is everything a modern, post-hip-hop soul crooner should be. She looks the part, trucks with hitmakers — at the time her eponymous debut was released, she was featured on a hit single by Fat Joe — and even approximates Alicia Keys' visuals on the back cover. She can sing, but she's not showy; she never hyperventilates, she croons. Her first album sounds modern, with fairly fresh beats and lightly insistent hooks, and is just naughty enough to warrant a parental advisory sticker (though if you're just listening to this record, it's nigh on impossible to figure out where the objectionable lines are). So why doesn't Ashanti play as greater than the sum of its parts? Largely because it lacks distinctive material, in either terms of the actual songs or the production — and when that's combined with a singer who is good, yet not distinctive herself, the entire production sounds as if its treading water or providing nifty aural wallpaper. It's not bad by any means, and it has its moments, but at 17 tracks, including skits, it all becomes a blur. A pleasing blur, one that shows promise, but a blur all the same.

Customer Reviews

Ok cd

It took me a while to get use to Ashanti. She was really overhyped when she first came out. She's an okay singer. I think what makes her really good are her beats and her songs has actually has some good lyrics. Thats why I liked this cd.

a memorable debut...

this CD definitely catapulted Ashanti to stardom...I love her voice...its sultry w/o overdoing it...for those people saying she can't sing, sorry but she CAN....that's why this CD did so well...I guarantee you that majority of people around this time bought this CD...girls could relate so well, particularly my sister, and guys flocked to her...this CD has some big hits


This album is one of the best for the singers that are close in her age. It deals with real stuff, it's not an album full of fluffy songs with no meaning or feeling behind it. It's an album that every girl or woman can relate to. Her songs give so much detail that it seems as though you'r the person experiencing the situations. And the Thank You really showcases her vocals. Some of my favorites are unfoolish, movies, and over.


Born: October 13, 1980 in Glen Cove, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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