November 29, 2011

Ashanti: A Look Back at the Alluring R&B Female Artist

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While the recent trend of experimenting cross-genre collaboration of hiphop/RnB and electro deserves a nod of appreciation, electro beats are aggressively winning over the world stage while raw RnB seems to fall back into the shadow of the electrified spotlight. This time, I’m travelling back in time to shed some spotlight on why Ashanti is the alluring RnB diva of the early millennium.

It’s time to take a time warp because no recent hip hop/RnB could compare to the RnB artists of the 90s and early 2000s (at least in my opinion). One track that kicked me back through the musical time warp is Ashanti’s single track “Foolish” from her eponymous debut album that broke record sales.

Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas was recognized for her vocal gift ever since the age of 14, but it wasn’t until her collaboration with Ja Rule – “I’m Real (Murder Remix)” and “Ain’t It Funny (Murder Remix),” as well as her collaboration with Fat Joe’s “What’s Luv?” that finally catapulted her into the Billboard Hot 100 chart. and Jennifer Lopez for the tracks Though she had a slow and shaky start to her music career, her first album with the debut single “Foolish,” catapulted her to instant success as this became her biggest song to date spending ten weeks atop the US Billboard charts. This emerging artist showcased her talent aggressively winning the top positions on the Billboard, getting street with Ja Rule and the smooth romantic duet with Lloyd (who can ever forget the track “Southside” with Lloyd?!). Soon after, her album became a certified triple platinum record which sold over six million copies worldwide. More interestingly, Ashanti is the second artist, after The Beatles, to have the first three chart entries hit the top ten of the US Billboard chart simultaneously.

Ashanti in John Tucker Must Die

Though she is clearly recognized for her smooth soulful vocal talent, Ashanti has been shining—not just the RnB stage—but on the cinematic stage as well. She’s made, and continues to make television appearances, most recently as a guest appearances, but she is evidently no one-hit wonder. In fact, her first few experiments in film was her dabble in Bollywood’s Bride & Prejudice as a cameo appearance with the tracks “My Lips are Waiting” and “Touch My Body”. With these tracks she kept with the Bollywood touch of the dazzling “item girl” (for those of you familiar with Bollywood terminology). However, she was clearly not to be shafted as a one-hit wonder as she played in bigger roles, once as the pregnant teenager Kyra in . She also played the sexy and sassy Heather in high school comedy romance .
Ashanti seems to be a shadow in the hip hop and RnB stage these days and hopefully this time warp will bring back the spotlight on a multi-talented artist who mesmerized the early millennium.

Thankfully RnB and soul is being kept alive by female artists such as Keyshia Cole and Monica,or one of BET’s Best Female Artist, Marsha Ambrosius. Still, as a true RnB fan, Ashanti will never be off my playlist.

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  • Rnblover

    She’s on her way back.  New music coming soon!!

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