Her mother named her after the Ashanti Empire in Ghana; in this nation, women had power and influence, and Tina wanted her daughter to follow that model.
Ashanti struggled to find success as a singer after being courted by several record labels, including Bad Boy Records and Jive Records.
The lead single for the album, "Foolish", was a critical and commercial success; it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
With "Foolish", she became the second artist (after The Beatles) to have their first three chart entries in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously.
Ashanti wrote and sang background on Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)", which also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's singles, "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain On Me", were both commercial successes, peaking at number two and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, respectively.
In 2003, Ashanti released her second album, Chapter II, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 326,000 copies in the U. The album went platinum, selling over 1.5 million copies in U. Chapter II was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain on Me" were each nominated in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
She was first discovered as a teenager and later signed to Murder Inc. That year, she was featured on Fat Joe's "What's Luv? The album earned her many awards, including eight Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, and a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
" and Ja Rule's "Always on Time", both of which became two of the biggest hit songs of 2002; Ashanti became the first female artist to occupy the top two positions on the U. Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously when "Always on Time" and "What's Luv? In 2002, Ashanti released her eponymous debut album, which sold over 505,000 copies throughout the U. The album has since been certified triple platinum in the United States and sold six million copies worldwide.
In the same year, Ashanti was featured on fellow labelmate Cadillac Tah's singles "Pov City Anthem" and "Just Like a Thug". Ashanti became the first female to occupy the top two positions on the U. Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously when "Always on Time" and "What's Luv? Following the success of her collaborations with Ja Rule and Fat Joe, Ashanti released her debut single, "Foolish", which contains a sample of the 1983 song "Stay with Me" by De Barge (also utilized by The Notorious B. This is her biggest success to date, spending ten weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. Ashanti wrote the album's twelve tracks, most of which were written on the spot in the studio.Arie were more deserving of an award that carries the name of a musical legend.Despite the petition, the Soul Train committee and Don Cornelius stuck by their decision and Ashanti.In November 2003, Ashanti released a Christmas album titled Ashanti's Christmas, which was a modest commercial success.In 2004, Ashanti released her third studio album, Concrete Rose, the title of which took on Tupac Shakur's pseudonym "The Rose That Grew from Concrete". S., with first-week sales of 254,000 copies, and eventually became her third platinum certified album.She was nominated as Best New Artist and "Foolish" was nominated in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category.