The thuggish title of her record label—Murder Inc., which was renamed The Inc. And when she was awarded the Lady of Soul Aretha Franklin Award for Entertainer of the Year in 2002, an outraged teen protested the choice with an online petition that mustered 30,000 signatures.
Ashanti became the hottest R&B act of 2002 when her debut album, Ashanti, broke sales records for female recording artists, and three of its singles landed on the Top 10 charts simultaneously.
Her second album, Chapter II, released in the summer of 2003, also sold briskly, proving that Ashanti is here to stay.
Ashanti Douglas, named after a tribe in the country of Ghana, was born and raised in the Long Island, New York, community of Glen Cove.
label, 2001; released single, "Foolish," 2002; released debut album, Ashanti, 2002; published book of poems, Foolish/Unfoolish: Reflections on Love, 2002; released Chapter II, 2003.
Television appearances include: Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, 2002; American Dreams, 2002; Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 2003.