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Concrete Rose (2004)

Artist: Ashanti
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Format: CD
Sku: 63914434
UPC: 602498636299
UPC 14: 00602498636299
Release Date: 12/14/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Concrete Rose Intro ~ Ashanti
2. Still Down ~ Ashanti
3. Message To The Fans (Skit) ~ Ashanti
4. Only U ~ Ashanti
5. Focus ~ Ashanti
6. Don't Let Them ~ Ashanti
7. Love Again ~ Ashanti
8. Take Me Tonight ~ Ashanti
9. U ~ Ashanti
10. Every Lil' Thing ~ Ashanti
11. Turn It Up ~ Ashanti
12. Buck 3000 (Skit) ~ Ashanti
13. So Hot ~ Ashanti
14. Don't Leave Me Alone ~ Ashanti
15. Sister Stories (Skit) ~ Ashanti
16. Freedom ~ Ashanti
17. Wonderful - (remix) ~ Ashanti
In the summer of 2004, Ashanti began to tease with chart topping collaborations featuring Lloyd (“Southside”), Shyne (“Jimmy Choo”), and most recently Ja Rule (“Wonderful”). Ashanti has proven again that there is power found in her musical phenomenon. Her trinity release, CONCRETE ROSE, is a creative combination of her freshman and sophomore albums. Ashanti merges her profound writing abilities, the stellar production of The Inc. Records CEO Irv Gotti and Seven, and collaborations with Ja Rule & Lloyd to create this master-piece. The first single, “Only U” is a high energy R&B/rhythmic crossover mix. Ashanti is back to once again prove why she is by far one of today’s most sought after and intriguing female entertainers of this decade.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Ashanti (vocals); 7 Aurelius (vocals, rap vocals, background vocals); Ja Rule, T.I., Lloyd (rap vocals); Seven (various instruments); William Barnes, Shawn Smith, Sharod Barnes (guitar); Seven Aurelius (harp); Demetrius McGhee (strings, organ, keyboards, bass guitar); Bill Sample (Hammond b-3 organ); Kenneth Crouch, Selan Lerner (keyboards); Jerry Barnes (bass instrument, bass guitar); Trevor Lawrence (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Easy Mo Bee (drum programming); Tammy Lucas (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Glen "It's Crazy" Markazi; Ken "Supa Engineer" Duro; Irv Gotti; Stephen George.
Muze PNote Recording information: Armory Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; C.H. Studios, New York, NY; The Enterprise, CA; The Hit Factory, New York, NY.
Muze PNote Photographers: Karen Moskowitz; Tony Duran .
Muze PNote While Ashanti emerged from the fierce world of the Murder Inc. label and has continued to ally herself with Irv Gotti and his posse, she has always possessed a downy softness untouched by the controversy swirling around her circle. As Ashanti explains the title of her third proper studio record, CONCRETE ROSE, it represents her dual existence in the gritty street life of hip-hop and the gentler world of R&B. While hip-hop eases its way into her music, it is not the main driving force (a la Mary J. Blige); with Ashanti, hip-hop is peppered into her music, informing her evocations of desire, hope, and regret.
Muze PNote Here, Ashanti retains the tenderness that she built her reputation on, but proves she's unafraid to take chances on this always-engaging, often-surprising record. She opens with the slow-groove ballad, "Still Down," but swiftly ups the ante with the borderline-industrial "Only U," with its dark, thrashing keyboards tempered by a sweet message of sensual love. Ashanti also flirts with the styles of Jill Scott and Angie Stone on the empowering, neo-soul number "Don't Let Them" and sings over an almost-surreal harp melody on "Every Lil' Thing." With CONCRETE ROSE, Ashanti takes on many new musical elements, adding to both her appeal and her artistic depth.

Producer: Jimi Kendrix; Malcolm Flythe; 7 Aurelius; Chink Santana; Demetrius McGhee; Irv Gotti; Jimi Kendrix; 7 Aurelius; Malcolm Flythe

Engineer: Glen "It's Crazy" Markazi; Milwaukee "Protools King" Buck; Won "Engineer To The Stars" Bee Allen; Adam Scheurmann; David Ashton; Paul Silveira

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Lloyd
Muze Guest Artist Ja Rule

Compilation Appearances

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Associated Artists and Works

Mary J. Blige Vs Ashanti: Battle of the R&B Queens ~ Blige, Mary J.
Keys, Alicia

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/14/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 0003409
Music Label Name Label : The Inc
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602498636299

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Ashanti
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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