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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.
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Feb 22 Thu 8:00 PM Ja Rule & Ashanti James L Knight Center
Miami, FL
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Mar 2 Fri 8:00 PM Ja Rule, Ashanti, Lloyd & Lil Mo New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall
Newark, NJ
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An R&B singer down with Murder Inc., Ashanti's big break came singing the hook to Ja Rule's 2002 mega-hit "Always On Time," which dominated the airwaves for months. That was soon followed by the success of "What's Luv" with Fat Joe and her debut solo single "Foolish," which recycles the classic beat from Biggie's "One More Chance/Stay With Me." Her first album, Ashanti, hit the scene in early April 2002, cementing her role as one of R&B's brightest new stars.

With hit maker 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.
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