Ashanti's Hip-Hop Formula

Rob Walker on Ashanti: “Her rap connection doesn't really affect her sound, which is grounded in R & B, so much as it does her persona. She's a sweet-voiced singer with the scrubbed good looks of a model, yet she has a kind of credibility in going toe-to-toe with swaggering gangstas that Britney and her pop tart knockoffs lack. Ashanti is the girl next door—but she only dates thugs.”