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Ashanti is best known for adding her R&B vocals to hit songs by popular rappers, including Fat Joe's "What's Luv" and Ja Rule's "Down 4 U."
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Not only did her debut, self-titled album break records after its release in 2002—selling more than 500,000 copies during its first week, setting a SoundScan record for the greatest-selling debut album from a female artist and earning Ashanti a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records—it was widely critically acclaimed. Ashanti garnered eight Billboard Awards, a Grammy Award (among five Grammy nominations), two American Music Awards,
and the Soul Train Aretha Franklin Award in the "Entertainer of the Year" category.
Ashanti followed the immense success of her debut album with Chapter II (2003), which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. While her subsequent studio albums, Concrete Rose (2004) and The Declaration (2008), failed to live up to the success of her debut and sophomore albums, they still made their way onto the Billboard 200 chart.
Outside of singing, Ashanti has made a name for herself as an actress. Though she had played smaller, uncredited roles prior to her success as a solo artist, in films such as Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992), she began to land more prominent roles after breaking into the music industry. She has played parts on television series such as The Proud Family (2001), American Dreams (2002) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2003), and landed roles on the silver screen, in films like Coach Carter (2005) and John Tucker Must Die (2006). More recently, Ashanti secured a recurring role as Latasha on the series Army Wives (2013).
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