Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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  • Ashanti [Murder Inc., 2002] *
  • Chapter II [Murder Inc., 2003] C

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Ashanti [Murder Inc., 2002]
shallow orgasms aren't bad orgasms, but she could probably do better with her own hand ("Foolish," "Rescue") *

Chapter II [Murder Inc., 2003]
Thug moll no more, Ashanti posits the musical question, "Why do gangsta boys go out with candy-pop girls?" Beyond some Mary moves and her sample-ready "awww baby," the sole outright attraction of her pathologically modest follow-up is "Then Ya Gone," which turns out to be about lovers dying rather than lovers leaving--although at Murder Inc., leaving is all they do, right? C