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The princess of Murder Inc. Records released her self-titled debut album in 2002. The entrancingly melodic “Baby” served as her third single. However, the singer wasn’t a fan of the song herself.
“I didn’t like ‘Baby.’ Yeah, that was an argument. It was crazy,” she recently revealed in an interview with Vibe.
Although she may have been apprehensive to include this song on her debut album, “Baby” has since become a timeless Ashanti masterpiece that fans sing to this day.
“I don’t know. I felt like, I liked what I wrote, but it was a different vibe because it’s such a low register, you know, slow,” Ashanti expressed.
“But it was a vibe and I was a little nervous. To be released as a single is something different than an album cut, you know? So [when] making the album, I didn’t know which ones were gonna go and be picked as a single, but I remember fighting with everybody in the studio. They was just like, ‘No, shut up! You’re doing it.’ (Laughs) I’ll give them that!”
The music video on BET’s “106 & Park” music video countdown show consistently ranked first for weeks. The song was also commercially successful, reaching the top 10 on both the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot 100 charts on Billboard.
Fortunately, the song won her over, and she now admits to “absolutely” adoring the album.
“I love just conceptually how I flipped it and going back and forth with the ad-libs and the verse and the metaphors. I love the record. But I was just nervous about it because it was different,” she stated.
The author of “My Name is a Story” later put out six studio albums through Murder Inc. Records. Irv Gotti, the record company’s owner, let the vocalist go from the label in 2009. Ashanti released her album “Brave Heart” on her own label, Written Entertainment, two years later.
If you missed Ashanti during her HelloBeautiful Interludes Live performance, catch the encore of her stellar performance this Sunday, July 24th at 10P/9C on CLEO TV!