Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas
Princess of Hip Hop and Soul
5' 3" (1.6 m)
Names Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald and Blue Magic as artists who inspired her.
Her songs "Foolish", "Always On Time", and "What's Luv" made the top 10 all in one week.
Launched her career in 1994 when she was recognized at a talent show.
Wrote all 12 tracks on her self-titled debut album.
A native of Long Island, she began singing at the age of 12.
Was the first R&B singer to join Murder Inc. Records.
Has worked with Ja Rule, Big Pun and Fat Joe.
Turned down a track scholarship to Hampton University to pursue her singing career.
Before she joined Murder Inc. Records, she was signed by Jive Records.
Ashanti is African-American.
Her aunt lives in Rhode Island.
Released new fragrance line, "Precious Jewel" 
Named #13 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Ranked as #81 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
Ranked #37 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Daughter of Tina Douglas.
Friends with Q-Tip, Anthony Anderson, Flo Rida, and Adrienne Houghton.
Attended Glen Cove High School in Glen Cove, New York.
Cites Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Prince, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, Smokey Robinson, and Donna Summer as musical influences.
Her mother, Tina Douglas, named her after the Ashanti Empire in Ghana; in this nation, women had power and influence, and Tina wanted her daughter to follow that model.
Her grandfather, James, was a civil rights activist who associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s.
I'm not trying to not do music. There's just a feeling when you create a hot record and have people fall in love with your record. There's nothing like that feeling.