Declaration

Declaration

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by Ashanti
     
 

On her fourth proper studio album, Ashanti remains with The Inc., but you would not know it unless you checked for the logo. The closest tie is the occasional presence of ex-Irv Gotti associate and longtime Ashanti collaborator Seven Aurelius (who now calls himself Channel 7), followed by a minor assist from ChinkSee more details below

Overview

On her fourth proper studio album, Ashanti remains with The Inc., but you would not know it unless you checked for the logo. The closest tie is the occasional presence of ex-Irv Gotti associate and longtime Ashanti collaborator Seven Aurelius (who now calls himself Channel 7), followed by a minor assist from Chink Santana. Gotti himself is nowhere to be found. L.T. Hutton (Snoop Dogg, Bone) is behind most of the production work, with a handful of notables -- Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Ron Feemster, Babyface, Akon, and...Diane Warren -- on separate tracks. Even though this album marks a nearly complete break from The Inc., it's very much in line with what came before it, hardly a major departure. Each Ashanti release has had at least one major single, and in this case it's "The Way That I Love You," more in the mold and spirit of "Rain on Me" -- full of similarly effective melodramatic flourishes -- if much more vengeful in nature than depressive. Nothing is quite as irresistibly fun as "Baby" or "Rock wit U," or as sexy as "Only U," but "You're Gonna Miss" comes close in the case of the former, while the lifeless Akon/Nelly feature "Body on Me" is no good at all, containing no distinguishing qualities. Bottom line, this is neither a great nor a poor Ashanti album. It's decent, just like the rest of them.

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Billboard
As the title suggests, The Declaration is in many ways about womanhood and empowerment.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2008
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602517720404
catalogNumber:
001131802

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ashanti   Primary Artist
Khris Kellow   Keyboards
Babyface   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Peter Stengaard   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Chad Beat   Background Vocals
Seven Aurelius   Background Vocals
Channel 7   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jermaine Dupri   Producer
Bob Horn   Engineer
Mario Lucy   Engineer
Manuel Seal   Producer
Diane Warren   Executive Producer
Rodney Jerkins   Producer
Babyface   Composer,Producer
Mike Donaldson   Engineer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
L.T. Hutton   Composer
James M. Wisner   Engineer
John Horesco   Engineer
Peter Stengaard   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Christopher Kornmann   Art Direction
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Chad Beat   Programming,Producer
Sam Lobue   Engineer
Andros Rodriguez   Engineer
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineer
Theron "Neff U" Feemster   Producer
Keith Bizz   Programming,Producer
Channel 7   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation

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