Chapter II

Chapter II

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by Ashanti
     
 

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Like Janet and J. Lo, hip-hop soul princess Ashanti can carry an infectious tune. And while she may never wail like Whitney or Mariah, the 22-year-old remains as charismatic as ever on the follow-up to her multiplatinum, eponymous debut. To remind listeners of her impressive hit list, Chapter II opens with an "Intro/Medley" of Ashanti'sSee more details below

Overview

Like Janet and J. Lo, hip-hop soul princess Ashanti can carry an infectious tune. And while she may never wail like Whitney or Mariah, the 22-year-old remains as charismatic as ever on the follow-up to her multiplatinum, eponymous debut. To remind listeners of her impressive hit list, Chapter II opens with an "Intro/Medley" of Ashanti's 2002 chart-toppers, including "Foolish" and the Ja Rule collaboration, "Always on Time." Like Ashanti -- which jacked beats from DeBarge and the Gap Band -- Chapter II heavily samples old-school R&B gems. Digging deeper in the crates, on "Rain on Me," Ashanti purrs over Isaac Hayes's funked-up version of Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love," and "Feel So Good" glides on the bubbling bass groove of Barry White's "Playing Your Game, Baby." Aside from the production's crisper, classic soul vibe, the most notable difference between Chapter II and its predecessor is the absence of Ja Rule -- perhaps he's salty that Ashanti's star is rising while his (thanks in part to 50 Cent's incessant disses) is dimming. In Ja's place is fellow Murder Inc. labelmate Chink Santana, who lends his lithe, drawled rhymes to several tracks, including the bluesy "Then Ya Gone." While Ashanti is no substitute for the alluring Aaliyah, even haters have to give baby girl props for penning memorable, radio-friendly R&B.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - Tom Sinclair
The production (by Gotti) is refreshingly old school. "Rain on Me" gives off a blaxploitation soundtrack vibe, while "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)" transcends its clichéd title by recalling Minnie Riperton. [B-]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2003
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0044007715628
catalogNumber:
000014302
Rank:
39735

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ashanti   Primary Artist
Robert Bacon   Bass,Guitar
Demetrius McGhee   Piano,Soloist

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Rick James   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
T.D. Bell   Composer
Raymond Calhoun   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Mark DeBarge   Composer
Johnny Flippin   Composer
Irv Gotti   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Irving Lorenzo   Composer
A. Parker   Composer
E. Jordan   Composer
Michael L. Walker   Composer
Ashanti Douglas   Composer,Executive Producer
Milwaukee Buck   Engineer
7 Aurelius   Composer
Chink Santana   Producer
Austin Croom Johnson   Composer
Andy West   Art Direction
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner   Mastering

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