TGJ Review: Are You Buying Ashanti’s ‘Braveheart’?

Published: Tuesday 4th Mar 2014 by Rashad
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Braving a storm of competition from the likes of Hip Hop heavyweights Pharrell and Rick Ross, ‘I Got It’ songstress Ashanti finally gets to see her 5th studio album ‘BraveHeart’ aboard digital shelves after a series of setbacks.

A nod toward reclaiming her throne as crowned princess of Hip-Hop/R&B, the title is an intentional ode to the 1995 Mel Gibson movie where Ashanti similizes with the main character William Wallace (portrayed by Gibson).  Yes, while lacking the army and arsenal (which translates to major label financing and PR machine in her case), the ultimate comparison is certainly found in her ‘little engine that could’ displays of bravery and spirit…


‘Braveheart’ reintroduces the songwriting chanteuse as a woman having experienced the ups and downs of love, public betrayal, and disappointments who also gathered the strength to write about it.  Decorated by an eclectic mix of 15 tracks, the album  features a range of styles from the “Ratchet & B” of “Count” where the singer challenges a lover to make it rain with dollars to the catchy earworm hook of the French Montana-assisted “Early in the Morning”.

Also featured are several euro pop/R&B numbers like “She Can’t” and “Don’t Tell Me No” and the sure to be a summer hit reggae inspired “First Real Love” featuring dancehall king Beenie Man. With no shortage of features (including Jeremih, Rick Ross, and the previously mentioned Beenie Man, French Montana), the guest-list heavy album is a sure throwback to the singer’s glory days.  And, despite opting to dismiss formerly christened lead single ‘The Woman You Love’ ft. Busta Rhymes,  the album is still a very solid body of work on the vocal and conceptual tip.

If anything, ‘Braveheart’ proves that the quality of the product is still there.  The only thing absent from ‘roll call’, so to speak, is the machine that so few independent artists can boast they have.

That Grape Juice’s Favourite ‘Braveheart’ Tracks:

* She Can’t

* I Got It

* Scars  <—TGJ Favorite

That Grape Juice’s Least Favourite ‘Braveheart’ Tracks:

* First Real Love ft. Beenie Man

* Runaway

That Grape Juice Rating: 3.5/5

Conclusion: ‘Braveheart’ may describe Ashanti as an overall entity, but musically, the collection of tunes that line the album are very safe…maybe even a little too safe. The maturity as a writer and vocalist are ever present, but sonically, the album does not push the agenda of “edginess”.  Arguably, the last time we saw Ashanti dare to do so was via her 3rd studio album ‘Concrete Rose’.

Nevertheless, the album is unapologetically ‘Ashanti’ – bass driven R&B, rap-feature heavy, and dripping with romantic numbers throughout.

******

Grade:  3.5/5

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  1. Britney stan March 4, 2014

    HELL NO!!!!!!!!

  2. IamAnthony March 4, 2014

    No. I heard the songs and they are nothing special. Instantly forgettable. Sad for her because she’s been working on this project for years and it’s still mediocre at best. She’ll be lucky to see Ciara’s first week sales in a month. tbh

  3. Anne March 4, 2014

    Time for Ashanti to get a day job.

  4. Rosie March 4, 2014

    No.

  5. Yonce March 4, 2014

    Nothing spectacular her vocals are not impressives she made people wait 3 years for this? I’ve heard better material from Cassie tbh.

  6. Yonce March 4, 2014

    Buy Beyonce!!!!!!!

  7. The Boy Toy March 4, 2014

    #nah

  8. Yonce March 4, 2014

    I predict 8k first week wbu @Rosie?

  9. phillydoinit March 4, 2014

    It’ll be a NAH!

  10. miss shade galore March 4, 2014

    I predict 2k and that’s reaching lmao

  11. The Real Truth Tea March 4, 2014

    It’s such a shame that people are obsessed with who is the hot thing of the moment rather than just appreciating the quality of good work, i’ve bought Braveheart, i will admit I have not followed Ashanti for years but after watching her interview and seeing how intelligent, business savey she is, i will support any artist who takes the indie root rather than being ripped off and left broke just for commercial success, it proves that she is all about the music.

    Braveheart is absolutely brilliant, if you want an album that has great songs, with depth, brilliant songwriting, that has strong hooks and melody’s and songs that actually have timeless classic feel to them yet fit perfectley into todays R&B with slick production, Braveheart is the album for you, I’m very pleased with it and i think she’s done a great job, i forgot what a great songwriter she is and also her vocals sound better than ever. Well done to her she is true artist! 9/10

  12. Rosie March 4, 2014

    Maybe 8-10K. 12K if she’s lucky since she got a Target deal for some reason.

  13. Yonce March 4, 2014

    @MissShade Deeeeath.

  14. Yonce March 4, 2014

    @Rosie 12k is definitely a reach babe,

  15. miss shade galore March 4, 2014

    This album is not all that. sorry. I don’t care if she writes her songs. The songs are so stale. I listened to the album once and I never have to hear it again. Her vocals are subpar and the overall production sounds cheap to me. Good luck to her, she’s gonna need it.

  16. Rosie March 4, 2014

    Yeah it kinda is. I don’t even think Icona Pop did that with one of the biggest hits of 2013 and lots of promo.
    I don’t know how much hype she has in the States tbh. I’ll see what HDD says tomorrow.

  17. dark horse March 4, 2014

    This has to be one of the most weakest albums ive heard in awhile even Artpop is better than this the songs sound dated her higher register sounds horrible / forced its a wrap for you hun sorry.

  18. RoyalKev March 4, 2014

    I already got 3 Words, Count and Scars (I knew I liked those songs from the snippets). Ashanti’s kinda winning me over! Once I really sit down and check out her music, I’m more than likely going to buy the rest of the album soon.

  19. thehive March 4, 2014

    I AM DONE WITH THESE COMMENTS LMAO

  20. china doll March 4, 2014

    Beyonce should release another surprise album tonight n show her how its done hehe

  21. Rosie March 4, 2014

    Why didn’t this site post my last two comments about it’s position on iTunes? The budget for this is lower than the Microsoft Paint job on that cover.

  22. Molly March 4, 2014

    No ma’am!!

  23. Rosie March 4, 2014

    But like I was trying to say this is being sold by some nobody’s EP and a preorder for an album that’s not being released for another two months. 10K actually seems like a legitimate reach right now.

  24. Molly March 4, 2014

    Lmao. @Rosie b**** you are to much im done.

  25. Molly March 4, 2014

    Maybe @Lovebird will buy the album.

  26. The CAT Speaks March 4, 2014

    Hell Yeah Im Buying ! 😀
    hehe

    F The Haters.

    #Braveheart

  27. china doll March 4, 2014

    you not buying s***

  28. Rob March 4, 2014

    The most of you commenters are a bunch of Beyonce-obsessed idiots who will never amount to anything in life except STD-ridden welfare recipients. Wasting energy on someone who is trying do something positive in their life, chasing a dream, despite obstacles and maintaining an attitude of positivity. Regardless of how many copies of Bravheart are sold, Ashanti WILL ALWAYS have more MONEY than ANY of YOU, SAM and the rest of the HATERS!

  29. china doll March 4, 2014

    ashanti is a flop. she’ll never Bey Beyonce. no matter how much money she has. She’s probably not that much richer than us lmao

  30. ty ty (ghetto gothic dance queen) March 4, 2014

    I’d buy another copy of beyonce ciara and unapologetic before i’d buy this CRAP!

  31. ty ty (ghetto gothic dance queen) March 4, 2014

    Cant deal with people lying to this beyonce wanna be ashitty album sucks point blank period it will sell less then kreayshawns album lmao

  32. Sandra March 4, 2014

    No I won’t buy it.

  33. shaquita monroe hood star March 4, 2014

    After I heard first real love… bish i was done. She dont got no twerking songs fa me to turn up to honey. I bought Beyonce but I won’t be buying this boo boo. She stuck in 2001. no mam

  34. ty ty (ghetto gothic dance queen) March 4, 2014

    @Rob is MAD kiiiii

  35. Steve March 4, 2014

    How

  36. Rihyeezy March 4, 2014

    20k
    Ciara finna snatch her bald kii

  37. ty ty (ghetto gothic dance queen) March 4, 2014

    DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS SPEND IT ON BEYONCE!! 🙂

  38. The CAT Speaks March 4, 2014

    The only song im not here for is “Count”. She Could have kept that at home. Other than that, I LOVE THE ALBUM. When it was streaming on Pandora…

    WHEN I TELL YOU I PLAYED IT NON STOP…
    I played it NON… STOP.

    Vocally she was on point. (Once again, this excludes “count”)

    Lyrically she was on point.

    Im loving the artwork so far.

    I say do it Ashanti !

    Or shall I say… Hawnti !

    (Oh, and i already know some Negative’s are gonna try me. You can try me if you wanna. But I will get you together. I just thought i’d say that in advance)

    😀

    #BRAVEHEART

  39. StopTheHate March 4, 2014

    Why can’t people just appreciate the hard work that people put into making their music. A lot of you people that come on to these blog sites post a lot of negative comments. Unless it is one of your favorites its BS that people type. Just cuz her music is not playing heavy on the radio does not mean her music is not good. Cut the bull. Braveheart is a great album with great songs. If she had the machine that all these other artists have behind them, they are the ones who push their music on to the radio, and after hearing it every hour you believe their songs are the s*** when they’re not even all that. Alot of the music on radio is pure garbage. There is very little REAL talent. Sucks for this generation. Just sayin. Give Ashanti a chance, she worked hard, and deserves it.

  40. Sandra March 4, 2014

    BY THE WAY, Ashanti is NOT the princess of hip hop/R&B!
    That title belongs to AALIYAH!
    Ashanti is only famous because Aaliyah died and they needed someone to “take her place”. nice try but there’s only one AALIYAH! No time for wannabe’s.

  41. The CAT Speaks March 4, 2014

    @TY TY (GHETTO GOTHIC DANCE QUEEN)

    How the hell is copying beyonce?!

    Why do some of these beyonce fans, always think, someone copying beyonce?!!

    See Alot of yall beyonce fans give the rest of beyonce fans a bad name.

    Just…
    SMH

  42. Miss Thing March 4, 2014

    @cat fish

    Ms. thing You forgot to mention the rest of the songs. I’m not here for any of them. neither is the GP. You’ll be the only one playin it NON-STOP hunTAY lmao

    #FLOPHEART

  43. The CAT Speaks March 4, 2014

    @MISS THING

    You must didnt hear me say…

    “Other than that, I LOVE THE ALBUM.”

    “The Album” Means the rest of the song Tartheart.
    And if im not mistaken, you be the same one posting all these negative, hateful, shady, comments all the damn time on this blog.

    YET…
    you think she such a FLOP.

    If you think she such a flop, why are you even taking the time of day, to read a blog about her?

    You need a couple of seats baby.

  44. The CAT Speaks March 4, 2014

    songs*

  45. coolness March 4, 2014

    I have a bit of a soft spot for Ashanti. I’ve always been drawn to mellower voices because of their ability to stylize their instrument as opposed to those run up and down a scale. That being said, I am not completely sold on this album which is kinda sad because I admire the strength, hard work and determination that went into creating the album because she’s indie. However, the songs just seem average but it’s her most cohesive effort to date. My fav Ashanti album will always be her debut but the thing with her is that she has great singles but borderline boring albums. And y’all need to QUIT with bringing up Bey and others. I love Beyonce but this is an Ashanti post so why bring her up.

  46. The CAT Speaks March 4, 2014

    @COOLNESS

    “And y’all need to QUIT with bringing up Bey and others. I love Beyonce but this is an Ashanti post so why bring her up.”

    THANK YOU !

  47. DIGGER BEY March 4, 2014

    Idk but i wish Ashanti the best.

  48. Miss Thing March 4, 2014

    Ms. Cat fish I was being sarcastic/shady boo. CATCH IT! lmao

    She’s a FLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!

    THE ALBUM IS A BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE! zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    This is a slow news day! Other than that no one would be here 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    Keep that seat for you and Shanti. You’ll need it next tuesday when sales come in baby

  49. DIAMONDS March 4, 2014

    She looks great but yea nobody is checking for this B**** flop flop flop

  50. DIAMONDS March 4, 2014

    Who?

  51. DIAMONDS March 4, 2014

    Ugh Samantha post something relevant gosh! This site has been very stale lately slow news day..

  52. slay_hive March 4, 2014

    Chile ya’ll are a mess!!! kii I’ve only heard I got It and that reggae song. Didn’t really care for that one. haven’t been interested in hearing her music but I’ve heard a lot about scars and three words. I’ll listen on youtube first some time tonight 😉

  53. iconic cici March 4, 2014

    Sorry i dont spend my money on TRASH.

  54. iconic cici March 4, 2014

    @slay_hive you should purchase partition before you do anything else tbh

  55. The CAT Speaks March 4, 2014

    @MISS THING
    1st of all… You wasnt’t being sarcastic. Girl Bye.

    2nd of all… by posting…

    “She’s a FLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!
    THE ALBUM IS A BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE! zzzzzzzzzzzzzz”

    YOU JUST PROVED MY POINT BABY DOLL !!!

    I dont give a damn how slow of a news day it is, if you hate her so much, she’s such a flop, you wouldnt even be given blog entries on her the time of damn day. So that tells me you CLEARLY dont have sh*t to do.

    And let me ask all of yall something. If She’s such a FLOP…

    Then why is she…

    #1 On R&B Charts On Itunes.

    And

    #3 On R&B Amazon

    O.o

  56. coolness March 4, 2014

    @THE CAT SPEAKS

    You’re welcome. People should try this called staying on topic. It really helps. Plus, I wish Ashanti all the best.

  57. slay_hive March 4, 2014

    Flopconic,sista, are you really telling me what I should purchase when Cierror has yet to cross the 200k mark WW?!! LMFAO

  58. iconic cici March 4, 2014

    @RihYeezy worry about what now being a massive flop.

  59. iconic cici March 4, 2014

    @slay_hive her singles still slayed bey partiton being at 97 and Xo peaking at 46 lmao. Guess she gotta depend on Jay to get her a hit.

  60. Miss Thing March 4, 2014

    THIS IS A SLOOOOOOOOW NEWS DAY!!!!! FOR THE SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWW GURLS! LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Lemme Breaks it down for the sped gurls: When you said “The only song im not here for is “Count”. She Could have kept that at home”…….I REPLIED WITH ”
    Ms. thing You forgot to mention the rest of the songs. I’m not here for any of them. neither is the GP”

    YOUR FIRST LESSON IN SHADE 101 LMAOOOOO

    NO ONE would be here if it wasn’t such a slooooooooow news day! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    It don’t cost s*** to state an opinion. Just know I wont be spending my hard earned coins on this heffa * Patti Labelle Voice* 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    ALSO TELL ME WHY SHE WON’T OUTSELL CIARA NEXT WEEK??? 🙁 LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  61. are you serious March 4, 2014

    Is a Ciara fan really trying to shade singles. Partition was just released last week. It’s Vevo views are close to 30 Million already. It’s charting on itunes and will steady increase on Billboard. Drunk In Love out peaked everything from Ciara’s last album. DIL will be certified platinum soon. Ciara fans should know there place. Ya’ll can’t even come for Ashanti

  62. Lyric March 4, 2014

    The album is ok… It’s not declaration. It’s crazy… Ashanti was EVERYWHERE 10 years ago winning Grammys and that Aretha Franklin award that got everybody mad (me included Cus I think she didn’t deserve it) well as big as her star was rising it fell quick too. Cus when beyonce came out a year later….. Huney!? I’m a fan of all the r&b ladies because I grew up listening to them but I hate to say but beyonce is snatching wigs and rolling up partition these days

  63. slay_hive March 4, 2014

    FLOPconic bxtch are you serious. First off Drunk In Love’s success had nothing to do with Jay-Z being that none of his own songs have charted as high as DIL #FAIL

    Drunk In Love is more successful than any of Cierror’s flop singles. DIL will be Platinum. Body Parts is what just Gold? After all of the hype and promoting. kii Beyonce only need one performance 😉

    Partition is a new single and it’s chart position will rise baby, it’ll follow in the footsteps of DIL, slaying ALL of your fave’s releases and getting platinum sales as well. 😉

    Stay in your lane hun! kii SMMFH

  64. Tess March 4, 2014

    Nope, I heard the single, nothing special or catching about the song. I’ll catch the next album.

  65. Kart cats March 4, 2014

    Why?why? why???? do Ciara’s fan set themselves up for drag like why even come for bey when she light years away from ur fave stop it already

  66. The CAT Speaks March 4, 2014

    @MISS THING

    This goes back to what I said…
    All people like you seem to know how to do is throw shade.

    And im here because i love ashanti.
    And why you here?
    To do the only thing you seem to know how to do… Throw Shade.

    And i’ll always love Ashanti even if negative nancy’s like you don’t.

    And once again…
    The album AS A WHOLE…
    Is a body of work.

    And I will be buying it.

    —————————————————————————–
    ANYWAY…

    Go Ashanti !!!

  67. FutureCIARA March 4, 2014

    I will Illegally download it first,

    Then, if I don’t get bored with it after a week like I did with ‘BEYONCE’ ….Then I will go ahead and make that purchase on iTunes or Target.

    ;-b

  68. Rosie March 4, 2014

    LMAO the iTunes R&B charts are irrelevant. I don’t know why people are acting like that’s an accomplishment. It’s #13 on the overall chart.

  69. My Gums Tho(aka Teacher) March 4, 2014

    Yup only cuz I illegally downloaded Gumyonce’s s*** album

  70. The CAT Speaks March 4, 2014

    @ROSIE

    Hell…
    It’s better than #30, #50, #100, #200.

    Soo…

    lol

  71. slay_hive March 4, 2014

    BEYONCE is @ 3 Million WW. Top 5 single. I guess the GP isn’t bored with it! #57k kii

  72. Myron March 4, 2014

    I will be defo buying!!!! Been my girl since her self titled LP.

  73. iconic cici March 4, 2014

    yaaas @futureCiara beyonce album got boring fast, @slay_hive girl please Xo couldnt even chart higher then im out partition will peak at like 50 and fall off the charts faster then rihoes generic right now single.

  74. Rihyeezy March 4, 2014

    Iconicsissy
    Please don’t shade Body flop like that.
    What now peaked #25 and went platinum and body party did what?

  75. iconic cici March 4, 2014

    Katy fans need to worry about finding katys talent and grammy before they try to check me.

  76. Mark111 March 4, 2014

    It’s hard to guess how much she will do. I want to say 40K, but she doesn’t have a hit and I’m not sure if people outside of R&B blogs even know about this album. Dawn Richard did a 1000k the first week, I would like to say that Ashanti has a loyal fanbase, but this is her first record in 6 years. I think people wrote her off.

    Like I said, if she match what her peers were doing last year, then she won. I been saying forever that R&B artist should go inde, cause I know for a fact that they’re not making s*** on mayors with 300K sold. But Dawn went everywhere with her album, I’m afraid that Ashanti doesn’t have that work effort in her.

  77. iconic cici March 4, 2014

    B**** what now did not go platinum stop lyin R******! The song only charted because of its demonic video. be seat @RihYeastInfection

  78. Rosie March 4, 2014

    Well I guess but unless you’re a major release or get most of your sales digitally (like Borde), iTunes isn’t really a good indicator of what you’re really going to sell 1st week or in the next couple of weeks afterwards.
    Great example: Andy Grammar has a pretty decent sized Hot AC hit, went #1 on iTunes, but debuted at #105 on the Billboard 200.

  79. DIGGER BEY March 4, 2014

    For the LIFE of me I just can’t why T***** stans always come for other artist chart positions. This shows Citranny is an Irrelevant Non Factor b*tch. Kelly didn’t even promote TAGG and it still sold more copies than Citranny. The latter promoted and had bigger hits. #THROWS FLOWERS ON GRAVE

  80. Rosie March 4, 2014

    And I know the Ciara stan is happy to finally see someone doing better than their fave, but that still doesn’t mean we can’t drag your fave today.

  81. Rosie March 4, 2014

    *worse

  82. iconic cici March 4, 2014

    D*** stfu and hope ultrauntalented doesnt take 5 years to go platinum like born to die @rosie

  83. slay_hive March 4, 2014

    Bbaby I’m out was performed at the BET awards and every damn morning talk show in existence lmao. It should have charted higher than DIL with all that promo

    XO didnt recieve any U.S. Promo nor was it performed!!

    Why is a cierror fan trying to come for singles anyway? such a dumb b**** kii

  84. JOSE March 4, 2014

    You idiots Ashanti is independent of course she wont debut with huge numbers.

    ICONIC CICI
    March 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm
    Sorry i dont spend my money on TRASH.

    Is that why CiError is uncertified? LOL

  85. KING ASHANT March 4, 2014

    I think Ashanti is way better than that girl that sings “Body Party.”

  86. Rosie March 4, 2014

    Why is it taking Cierror’s last three albums twice as long to sell the same amount?

  87. BeYAWNce March 4, 2014

    Already #1 album, Haters can eat s*** yo! Even Jho new single will outshined ‘Crazy Partition in flop’

  88. Rosie March 4, 2014

    “Jho new single will outshined ‘Crazy Partition in flop’”

    Even you don’t believe that.
    iTunes USA:
    Not in top 1500. Jennifer Lopez – Same Girl
    Not in top 1500. Jennifer Lopez – Girls

  89. FAF March 4, 2014

    Why does it matter she’s independent and writes all her own music .. She makes bank more than puppet tbh

  90. DIGGER BEY March 4, 2014

    Lmfao Jlo don’t even believe them lies.

  91. DB March 4, 2014

    But why do take someone expressing there dislike for something as negative.??? They’re speaking the truth.. your taking as a negative. Dont get upset that you cant voice how you really feel.

  92. Santana March 4, 2014

    But Her album #1 on iTunes R&B charts!!

    goodbye haters!!

  93. kareem March 4, 2014

    Im here for it

  94. iluvrealartist March 4, 2014

    J. Lo don’t have to believe them. That publishing check Ashanti gets from Ain’t It Funny and I’m Real means something tho. 🙂

  95. Mother Mariah March 4, 2014

    Why do Ciara fans insist on shading themselves? Lmaoooo

  96. D March 4, 2014

    I bought two copies and i personally love the album….from an R&B standpoint, this is very solid and i feel she has several ‘R&B/Urban’ hits on the album. People are so quick to diss, shade and compare other artists….Ashanti is an independent act on top of being highly MIA from the music world for about 6 years, shame on you all for even thinking she should do well(which in actuality was just setting up for calling her a flop).

  97. FutureCIARA March 4, 2014

    A Mariah stan is in no position to be calling out any stan base!!!!

    Moo Moo fans cant even keep Mimi’s 89371897281972819 single within the iTunes Top 1000….

    Have a seat, and return when Mariah’s album drops so we can ALL dragg your ass!

  98. STOPTHEHATE March 4, 2014

    Seems like the people who comment on this blog are really young or young minded. Either that or just ratchet as f**. The ignorance is so obviously present. If you’re an adult and you are on a blog putting down someone else’s career or work then you need to get your life. You probably wish you had half of Ashanti’s success. She obviously doesn’t care cuz she’s still here and doing what she loves.
    Another stop comparing artists. It’s fukin annoying. Every artist is different and talented in their own way.
    Keep celebrating those accolades Ashanti! Holla! 😉 #braveheart

  99. Steohy Tha Lambily March 4, 2014

    @Future Cici…

    Also, a Ciara stan is in no way shape or form able to come for anyones fav. When your favs last 48y083740189247130841704891704982 albums flopped backed to back to back…

    Mariah Carey: Sold 250,000,000+ Records
    Mariah Carey: Net Worth 500,000,000+

    Ciara: Sold 10,000,000+ Records (Im not sure if im REACHING)
    Ciara: Net Worth under 16 million oops!

  100. BeYAWNce March 4, 2014

    YAWNCE stans stay MAD. Biggest puppet in hollywood with super mega promo still not hit PLATINUM LMAO! Talent speaks the truth

  101. BeYAWNce March 4, 2014

    Child Pleaseeee!!!!! Focus on your pregnancy, Dont think too much about your f****** album which doesn’t even reach 200k mark

  102. FutureCIARA March 4, 2014

    @Stephy

    Keep your fat asss out of this, I was talking to @Mother Mariah

    But heifer you can get it too!! Its no shade

  103. STOPTHEHATE March 4, 2014

    Oh I forgot to also say…
    It’s funny as hell that these people know the net worth, album sales, date of birth, social security, of all these celebrities
    Meanwhile they know absolutely nothing about you! lmao
    Defend your favs to a certain extent but there’s no need for all that offensive sh*t. Y’all killing each other thru keyboards and s***.
    Let’s focus on the music people!

  104. Lovebird March 4, 2014

    First of all, this blog has got no credibility so f*** ya rating Samantha.

    Secondly, I bought it and I’ll forget about it in a week; slightly longer than I forgot about Love, Marriage and Divorce and about 1 week less than I forgot about TWO ELEVEN.

    For some reason I’m proud of her though.

  105. Lovebird March 4, 2014

    COUNT is my jam though, Baby don’t make me count count count count count count count ya money

    This contemporary RnB. Good effort Ashanti.

  106. ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) March 4, 2014

    Y’all are some flip flopping b*tches in here lol. When the snippets came out, everyone was acting like “they were gonna support.” Now it’s time to put your money where you big a*s mouth is and it’s a different story! Typical TGJ trolls lol, ain’t sh*t. At least the girl put this out on her own with decent material that she wrote..

  107. DIGGER BEY March 4, 2014

    Yawnce……B*tch sit ur tired delusional ass down. BEYONCE 1.7 Million F*g. That’s close to 2X Platinum not platinum lmao. You’re such a dumb b*tch. I so hope Ashanti sell at least 50k. Just to prove Citranny is really RIP KIIIII

  108. DatDude March 4, 2014

    Its funny how ppls still hating on real talent this is by far the best RnB album out when y’all do see her sells nxt week y’all still going to hate rather she sell good or not.. so have several of seat… because she doing her thing right now on her own… #Salute to her

  109. Stephy Tha Lambily March 4, 2014

    Future Cici… Watever!

  110. Stephy Tha Lambily March 4, 2014

    Lovely Bird…. SUCK A BIG DICKK MOTHER FUCKKER !!!

  111. Stephy Tha Lambily March 4, 2014

    Mark111 you are so corny!

  112. DIGGER BEY March 4, 2014

    Hey Stephy

  113. Mark111 March 5, 2014

    Have you recovered from that melt down @STEPHY THA LAMBILY?

  114. Hollering!!! March 5, 2014

    I must be high as hell because I can’t stop laughing,!!!! like Real s***! Who the f*** cares about a thatgrapejuice review?? You ain’t no Pitchfork!! TF!

  115. mrTooIncredible March 5, 2014

    I will be buying … actually i bought it ! >:) its hot

  116. Guillermo March 5, 2014

    Ashanti Braveheart #1 R&B charts, over 30 Million sales, Owning her record label Written Entertainment…….All Natural no plastic……..y’all should be proud of this intelligent s*** sister, if y’all black folks don’t want her us Latnos more than willing to claim her……….go follow beyonc of the cliff bec that’s where she’s leading y’all fake nose, breast,but pads…. Worst of all bleaching her skin what kind of msg is that to her fans. Anyway Ashanti writes her own songs and is proud to be and represents her culture/community……Ashanti engages in interviews smart,classy, streets smart…..she holds it down not like beyonce robotic, trained to the point it all seems fake lets not mention her non having vocabular skills . To make a point, you guys need to open your eyes and be leaders not followers…. Beyonce has done enough damage to the black race, I see so many depressed, identity issues, self hatred, the list goes on & on. To Ashanti I say keep tunnel Vision and us Latinos love you out here in California ;)!

  117. Guillermo March 5, 2014

    Ashanti Braveheart #1 R&B charts, over 30 Million sales, Owning her record label Written Entertainment…….All Natural no plastic……..y’all should be proud of this intelligent s*** sister, if y’all black folks don’t want her us Latnos more than willing to claim her……….go follow beyonc of the cliff bec that’s where she’s leading y’all fake nose, breast,but pads…. Worst of all bleaching her skin what kind of msg is that to her fans. Anyway Ashanti writes her own songs and is proud to be and represents her culture/community……Ashanti engages in interviews smart,classy, streets smart…..she holds it down not like beyonce robotic, trained to the point it all seems fake lets not mention her non having vocabular skills . To make a point, you guys need to open your eyes and be leaders not followers…. Beyonce has done enough damage to the black race, I see so many depressed, identity issues, self hatred, the list goes on&on. Hey Ashanti Mija come to Cali baby girl we hold you down, real reconize real.

  118. DJY March 5, 2014

    -10 dislike?? Just because IAMANTHONY told the truth? I see there’s a lot of blinded fans around here, it could have been s*** it would have been the same. I like Ashanti but I am and I will stay objective, this piece of work didn’t deserve to wait that long.

  119. KINGSHIT March 5, 2014

    WOW BUNCH OF HATING ASS FEMALES.. N I BET HALF ARE MEN ON HERE TALKING S***.. BOUT FLOP N BEYONCE. SMH.. THIS IS WHY MUSIC IS S***. CUS DUMB F****** CAN ONLY LIKE ONE ARTIST AT A TIME.

    WHEN BEYONCE DIE YALL WONT BE BUYING MUSIC NO MORE I GUESS…

    CLOWNS.. EVERY ARTISIT U HATE ON HAS MORE MONEY THEN YOU. RIDE WHO U WANNA. BUT IF THEY WAS SUCH A FLOP OR IRRELEVANT YOU WOULDNT MENTION ANYTHING ABOUT THEM.

    WHOEVER WANNA TALK CAN TALK. I HAVE A LIFE SO WONT BE BACK 2 REPLY.. LOOL

    FU*KING LOSERS LOL N THIS WEBSITE FOR BEING A SHEEP N FOLLOWING THEIR FOLLOWERS, JUST ANOTHER BLOG SITE FOR BITTER B****** N F*** TO SPREAD THEIR BITTERNESS

  120. The CAT Speaks March 5, 2014

    @KINGSHIT

    Ok…
    If you…
    HONESTLY

    BELIEVE…

    That
    BEYONCE !!

    is a

    FLOP!!!!!

    You must not be on planet earth baby.
    Something is wrong with YOU, and EVERYONE ELSE who believes she’s a flop.

    CLEARLY

    lol

  121. IStanForYourFav March 5, 2014

    As you can read in the Breakfast Club post, I am a woman of my word. I purchased the album. Here’s my opinion.

    Album Art & Album Cover: A-
    The poster (album booklet folds into one) inside is beautiful; I don’t care for the fact she is naked on the picture behind the CD, but to each of it’s own. She’s beautiful af so she can do that. The album cover probably her best album cover in her career.
    Material: B+
    The material on the album features a limited budget (think along the lines of Tamar: Love & War, Brandy: Two Eleven, & Monica: New Life and pretty much every new R&B album due to the lack of Interest of the GP), but she actually pulls it off. I think the standard edition should have ended on the RIP song the way the deluxe Target edition did. I loved the intro. Very strong way to open an album after not releasing since 2008. I think she has a few stand outs like RIP, Runaway, and more. You will have at least 5 tracks if you truly listen and understand where she is coming from. If I may though, she needed to keep The Woman You Love on there even if it was a deluxe edition purchase.
    Vocals: B-
    Some may say the ever so popular line, “Ashanti can’t sing.” However, since watching her sing The Woman You Love live on GMA back in 2012 or 2013 (can’t remember), I have changed my thoughts. I now hear the depth, on key, and overall growth in her voice. While her tone is the same, she is vocally stronger than EVER. She’s not the greatest singer in the world, nor will go down in history with Tina, Aretha, Whitney, Mariah, or not even the generation of Beyoncé, Adel, Christina, Tamar, etc, but she is not the worst. I think she will continue to grow.
    Songwriting, Lyrical, & Meaning: A+
    This my friend is simple to speak on, because simply she did that! As if growth in vocals wasn’t good enough, she simply has grown lyrically. I don’t need to say much here, the rating above explains it all.
    Overall: 89/100
    Ashanti has survived during the destruction of Murder Inc, managed to be still following her dreams, has become business savy, more beautiful (naturally done from my view), and etc. I can’t do anything but hope you listen (actually listen), and enjoy the record. There are about 3 misses on the record. I like the Beenie Man song, but ending the standard edition on that note wasn’t intelligent. I plan to continue listening and will buying the album digitally next week to help out second week sales. I hate that you all can’t see past the smoke and mirrors that Ashanti and so many more artists (Mariah: … powerful men with a certain agenda. Is a good example) tell you blatantly. Yet you run to the most blatant obvious devil worshipping artists who tell you I Am your God, your King, your Queen, and etc. Didn’t Katy Perry have to re edit her video for Dark Horse (#1) for the obvious Illuminati symbolism? Yea it was entertaining, but don’t take away from other artists like Ashanti who are following their dreams. Get your check Ashanti. Either way it go, 200,000 total = about $900,000+ after all is said and done. Guess who the royalties go to? Ashanti not the machine. Quit letting music control you. May God bless. Peace.
    #Braveheart

  122. KINGSHIT March 5, 2014

    re-read homie i never said she was a flop…. this wot i mean so up beyonce ass u cant even read straight smh..
    sad state of affairs

  123. d March 5, 2014

    R.I.P should have been on the standard editions, or at the least on the ITunes version(so that people at least have the option to purchase it)…..it’s one of her lyrically, sonically and vocally strongest songs and def stands out. Surprised, especially with the concept of the album, that this didn’t make it.

  124. prettyboijay March 5, 2014

    get off beyonce’s d*** omg f*** now a days

  125. jaye March 7, 2014

    Damn so many hating ass people who dont even know whats going on stfu check those numbers again then eat em.. cause at the end of the day.. who are you lol

  126. joy2014 March 20, 2014

    Yes I bought the album. It is actually better than I thought. Most of the haters are set on Bey n can’t see any other artists. It is a
    Shame. Everyone can’t be the same, why would you wanna be Bey if you were Ashanti. Ashanti is wayyyyyyyyy prettier than Beyoncé. She has a better body, face and hair, you name it she got it. Beyonce sell a lot of cd’s bc of obsessed young fans who don’t know any better. Her lyrics doesn’t even make sense. Go Shanti do you.

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