From The Vault: Ashanti – ‘Foolish’

Published: Sunday 16th Mar 2014 by Joe

This week’s From The Vault comes courtesy of former Murder Inc front-woman, Ashanti. Our pick is her sizzling debut solo single ‘Foolish’.

In 2002, after a carefully planned campaign that saw Ms. Douglas featured on many a rapper’s song to great success, all eyes were on the diva to see if it was all make-believe or if the hype was legit. With no other choice but to score a home-run, the Inc. opted for the heartfelt ‘Foolish’ as their first lady’s launching single – a bold move considering the upbeat musical landscape that was the year ’02.

An exquisite pick, ‘Foolish’ went on to become one of the most successful songs of the 00’s in the US with 10 weeks spent at #1 and over 8 millions physical copies sold, as well as many Top 10 placings around the world including the UK, Australia and Japan.

Fun Fact: ‘Foolish’ replaced none other than the Ja Rule assisted ‘Ain’t It Funny’ by Jennifer Lopez at the top spot of the Billboard and was in its turn replaced by Nelly’s ‘Hot In Herre’. We’re pretty sure we don’t have to explain the connections here.

Produced by 7 Aurelius and Irv Gotti, the track’s cinematic VMA’s nominated visual was helmed by the latter and features cameos by the likes of then-label mates Ja Rule, Vita and Charli Baltimore and was of course featured Academy Awards nominee Terrence Howard. Based on the movie ‘Goodfellas’, it depicts Howard as a cheating gangster (of sorts) that Ashanti – no matter of unhappy she is – can’t seem to leave. Just like in the tune’s lyrics.

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Oh how we miss this Shany. Though the music remains of quality, the same cannot (always) be said about her most recent visual delivery. Sadly that’s often the price to pay (no pun intended) when you opt for the independent route, which is quite unfortunate because Team Ashanti did a great job establishing her as a visual artist, from this to ‘Rain On Me’ and ‘Only U’, the singer-actress has an ability to truly elevate her sound to the next level by way of amazing imagery.

Still, it’s refreshing to see an artist who stands by their beliefs and their art.

May the future be bright for the stunner and see her star shine as bright as it was once.

‘Braveheart’, in stores now.

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  1. iconic cici March 16, 2014

    Who????

  2. iconic cici March 16, 2014

    Stephy is such a cumm dumpster

  3. Stephy Tha Lambily March 16, 2014

    Why is Iconic Flop-Flop so pressd-T on me tho!

  4. iconic cici March 16, 2014

    Why is you’re mine a bigger flop then live it up from J.lo s****?

  5. Stephy Tha Lambily March 16, 2014

    Kelly Rowland’s should’ve sung “Foolish” & all Ashanti’s hits tbh…

  6. iconic cici March 16, 2014

    Stephy its the truth tho you’re only good for sucking dickk.

  7. Stephy Tha Lambily March 16, 2014

    Why did Ciara last 3 album flop so hard tho!

  8. iconic cici March 16, 2014

    Why Mariah built like a semi truck?

  9. Stephy Tha Lambily March 16, 2014

    Iconic Flop-Flop, you need to stop being so pressed-T over Mimi & start donating some money for Ciara’s soon to be b****** baby childs support tbh..

  10. iconic cici March 16, 2014

    B**** how dare you call her baby a b****** get your h***** infested ass out of here you are f****** PATHETIC Stephy go drown in a pool on cumm you pig.

  11. Stephy Tha Lambily March 16, 2014

    You started it boo…

    I was simply minding my business & you started fuckking with me AS ALWAYS…

    Anyways, you & that flop fav of yours can go straight to HELLL for all I care!

    F*** You Ho & Dont ever reply/comment towards me again.

  12. Minaj-eh-tous March 16, 2014

    Ashanti has sold more than Ciara. Read that and weep f**

  13. Stephy Tha Lambily March 16, 2014

    LOL Its really not that hard to sell more records than Ciara…

    Child this post is DEAD! Where is LoveBird & Blondie? I love you guys…

  14. Mark111 March 16, 2014

    As soon as Aaliyah passed, Ashanti came out of nowhere. I won’t go there tho, but wish her luck on her inde album.

  15. SLAY_RIAH March 16, 2014

    Someone needs to provide several seats for the pressed Z-squad. Ciara = the biggest flop in music history.

  16. SLAY_RIAH March 16, 2014

    Why Ciara built like Sylvester Stallone’s understudy?

  17. woman to woman March 17, 2014

    Slayriah are you mad at the world because you’re mine was a total flop?

  18. Mileys movement March 17, 2014

    Mariah the throwback just like this Ashanti record.

  19. coolness March 17, 2014

    WTF? This is a post about Ashanti’s classic R&B single from the 2000’s and all see is Ciara being a baby mama, being a flop and what not. STAY ON TOPIC! Anyway, I love this song and this is the song what Ashanti will always be remembered by. Granted, her music career dwindled after 2003 but I wish her all the best

  20. Really 101? March 17, 2014


    Oh how we miss this Shany. Though the music remains of quality, the same cannot (always) be said about her most recent visual delivery

    Excuse me, really? STFU. Her visual delivery has not gotten worse over the years. You may need your eyes checked.

    You stay the website who likes to show praise and that give wrongful criticism. Terrible.

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