Ashanti is an American hip-hop singer and song-writer who gained fame for her self-titled debut album, which yielded the hit song "Foolish" which was on the Billboard Hot 100 charts within the same week and set a record for opening week sales.
She sang in the gospel choir when she was three and began writing songs in high school. She worked as an extra in two Spike Lee movies, including Malcolm X.
Her father was a singer and her mother was a dance teacher who sent out demo tapes to anyone who would listen. She sang background vocals for
Jennifer Lopezon the song "I'm Real (Murder Remix)."
- The meaning of the name Ashanti: African Tribe Name