March 31, 2017


Ranking Every Song on Ashanti's Self-Titled Debut Album, 15 Years Later

Murder Inc. Records
Murder Inc. Records

To celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Ashanti's debut album, released April 2, 2002, Fuse brings you Remember the Record: Ashanti at 15.

We were first introduced to Ashanti in 2001 when she brought her sweet voice to Ja Rule's "Always on Time." But the singer proved to be more than just a hook artist when she released her self-titled debut the following year. The LP gave us three hit singles: "Foolish," "Happy" and "Baby." Almost all the songs had the perfect balance of catchy hooks, honest lyrics and relatable themes about love that her fans could grab onto. This all earned her the crown of the Princess of Hip-Hop and R&B in the early '00s.

Despite the critics' mixed reviews, Ashanti went on to be certified 3x platinum in the U.S., peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and received GRAMMY nominations for Best New Artist, Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Foolish." So in honor of the 15th anniversary, let's get into our personal rankings of every song on the album!

#1"Thank You"

The closing track on the album sounded sentimental and sweet when I first listened as a pre-teen. But 15 years later, "Thank You" didn't age well and sounds quite cheesy. But at least we got to hear Ashanti's vocal range. Rating: 3/10

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