Much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ segments, readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past. So in a quest to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday we introduced a new retrospective segment – ‘TGJ Replay’.
Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase albums (and eras) from a library of pop music hits. Today we fast backward to R&B chanteuse Ashanti‘s tertiary release ‘Concrete Rose’…
Upon reportedly sending lewd images to R&B singer Ashanti and her mother/manager, Mr. Devar Hurd found himself convicted in 2010 for the crime, after a long running obsession with the ‘Good Good’ star.
Unfortunately, it seems his time behind bars wasn’t enough to stifle this obsession, as it has now emerged that he has continued to harass the star by sending her sexuality explicit tweets on the social media platform Twitter….and approaching her sister at a party.
For almost too long, now, Ashanti‘s fifth studio album ‘Braveheart’ has been “coming soon”.
Indeed, preceded by a slew of singles, the project’s release date has almost become a myth.
Still, her fans fervently await the LP which follows 2008′s criminally underrated effort ‘The Declaration’.
Ever keen to ask the questions you really want answers to, we caught up with the former INC singer at Debra Lee’s Pre-BET Awards Gala and quizzed her on what she’s up to and when (exactly) ‘Braveheart’ will live up to its billing and arrive in stores. Find out what she said above!
With the likelihood of the world scoring a new Ashanti album this year slim to none, the performer continues on in her bid to hold onto her fans with a brand new song named ‘I Got It‘.
Featuring ‘Love Song’ mastermind Future, this number joins the long list of jams from the star that are good but not great- sufficient enough to appease the fans but far too ‘basic’ for what Ashanti is.
Lest we forget, there was a time that Beyonce and Ashanti stood as rivalling contemporaries- and while the latter’s material should be telling of her time in the industry, it says more of the lack of creativity flowing through her cause’s veins.
Basically, you’ll forgot that you heard the song by this time tomorrow.
Two years later than it was supposed to, Ashanti‘s serially delayed ‘Braveheart’ album is apparently set to hit stores on July 30th.
And while the project’s trajectory has taught us to only believe its “release date” once it’s actually sitting on shelves, the singer herself seems to be convinced and has hit the promo trail (again) in support of the set.
The 32-year-old’s latest stop was HOT 97 radio, where she waxed honest on the project, her present-day relationship with former INC comrade Ja Rule, and her on-going role in Lifetime series ‘Army Wives’. One area Ms. Douglas wasn’t too keen to explore was her much-talked about relationship with Nelly. Hosts Ebro and K. Foxx would have none of the media-trained PC, though, and were persistent. Find out how Ashanti reacted after the jump….
We know what you’re thinking. And don’t worry, we are too. Ashanti is still trying to find the pulse of her ‘Braveheart’ project.
Initially due for release in 2011, the LP has been marred by countless delays and singles that have sold all of nothing. And yet still she continues. Commendable case of perseverance or woeful time-wasting? At this point, we’re not sure the masses care either way.
What is certain, though, is that a snippet of a new track from the LP titled ‘She’ Can’t (Like Mine)’ awaits after the jump…
Despite two years having passed since her ‘Braveheart’ LP was announced, the project has yet to hit stores — and at this point, we’re not sure it ever will.
What is certain, though, is that the former Murder Inc starlet is hell-bent on pushing the almost comical project. Case, point, its latest video, ‘Never Should Have’. We could go there with that title, but at this point we feel sorry for her.
Does the visual pack enough to reverse her fortunes? Decide after the jump…