Ashanti was born on October 13, 1980, in Glen Cove, New York. She inherited a zest for music from her mother Tina, a former dance teacher, and her father Ken-Kaide, a former singer. Her father is half Chinese American and half African American. Her mother is Dominican and African American. Her grandfather, James, was a civil rights activist who associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1960s. Growing up, Ashanti took dance lessons and joined the church choir. Ashanti went to Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center where she studied different dance styles including tap, jazz, ballet, African, modern and hip hop. She danced with the Senior Pro Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Black Spectrum Theater. With actress and choreographer Debbie Allen at the helm, Ashanti also performed in the Disney TV film Polly alongside stars Keshia Knight Pulliam and Phylicia Rashad, the 1994 Caribbean Awards and dancing with Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.

Ashanti displayed a knack for singing when she was six by singing in a gospel choir. Her love of music continued to rise as she attended high school. Ashanti also wrote songs. As a teenager, she performed in a local talent show and at the Soul Cafe, China Club, Madison Square Garden, Caroline's Comedy Club and Greek Fest 2000.4 By the time she hit puberty, her mom was sending out demo tapes of her daughter's vocal talents, which led to a record deal with Jive Records in 1994. Unfortunately, this relationship soured when Jive tried to make the soulful singing teen into a run-of-the-mill pop star.

Ashanti regrouped by throwing herself into schoolwork and running on her school's track team, which earned her athletic scholarships to Princeton & Hampton University. But she put college pursuits aside when Epic Records came calling with a contract in 1998. However, the label's management changes quickly left Ashanti out in the cold. Undaunted, she continued to croon at local New York clubs and began hanging out at the Murder Inc. recording studio, hoping for another big break to be signed. Eventutally got signed.
Ashanti Rox. Stop comparing her 2 Beyonce.
by Sman44 April 20, 2007
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A hair weave and a pair of thighs.
Ja Rule and Ashanti
by Kevin November 16, 2003
Ashanti has 2 definitions:

1. A tribe and region in Ghana, West Africa, famous for its gold, rich heritage, and damn sexy people. (Also known as the Ashanti Kingdom)

2. The singer Ashanti who is not from the Ashanti Tribe, but is half African-American and half Chinese-American. Yes, she has sideburns, but they aren't bad, and she is a decent singer.
1. The Ashanti people are original warriors and played a big part in Ghana's Independence

2. One of Ashanti's albums is called Concrete Rose.
by Eve4000 May 11, 2006
A gorgeous young lass who thrives on everything that life throws at her. She is beautiful, smart and a pleasure to look at...for days. She has short hair, somewhat asymmetrical to emphasize her inner longing to be different from all else. A vegetarian on the verge of vegan-ism. Has an ass of a goddess and eyes of an angel, if that angel were a product of intergalactic coitus between gaseous Saturn rings and Niagara falls!
She would rather be an amazing social worker than pursue a lucrative law career. She has her blonde moments, but is not afraid to laugh at her own self. Seeing her face brightens up a room full of gloom. If Jessica Alba and God were to engage in coitus, Ashanti will be God's Mother.
guy 1: holly guacomole, is that Ashanti?
guy 2: i think so, she is stunning..
they never washed their eyes ever again.

If she is not Ashanti, she is not worth it.

ass angel jessica alba gorgeous amazeballs
by pony111 August 30, 2012
Singer/songwriter who released 3 full-length albums between April 2, 2002, and November 18, 2003. Accomplishments include Soul Train's Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award and five Grammy nominations. Related Words: Beyonce, Aaliyah, Mary J. Blige, Amerie
"...That angelic voice y'all hear in the background, oh, that's our new princess of hip-hop and R&B, Miss Ashanti." (Ja Rule, 2002)

"Maybe Beyonce, maybe Ashanti...I need a fiancé." (Loon, 2003)
by goashanti December 13, 2003
One who thinks she can sing, but really would have no songs if she couldn't use the words "oh" and "baby"
Ashanti sucks.
hahahaa shes not THAT bad
damn, u guys r some haters!
by lia August 23, 2004
a excellent example of how talentless people can make it in the music industry. 2. a person who lacks depth and talent whose songs don't require much singing skill or none at all.
My 8 year old niece sounds better singing an ashanti song then ashanti does.

If you ever feel that you will never be discovered in the music industry...never give up...look at ashanti...she has the talent of a turd and look she is making money!!
by knightingale October 31, 2005
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