Ashanti

After more than 20 years in the game, Ashanti announced that she has finally repossessed her masters and for her first move, she plans to re-record her debut album.

“It’s so surreal,” Ashanti said about finally obtaining her masters during an appearance on the Tamron Hall Show. “I have an amazing legal team, and I got my first record deal when I was 14 years old, so understanding and seeing how things have changed so much from then to now and conceptually understanding what you’re singing is so imperative, it’s so important nowadays. The fact that I’ll be able to re-record my first album, and put everything together.”

“It’s so humbling. It is such an honor. I’m so grateful,” Ashanti told Hall. “It’s such a blessing, you know, the fact that we are still here, we’re living through a pandemic, and these blessings are still coming in, it just makes me so happy again, so humbled, and such a believer.”

The singer is not the first artist to re-record a previous album after regaining her masters, Taylor Swift recently re-recorded her album Fearless. Ashanti revisited the moment she recently reunited with her ex-boyfriend Nelly onstage during the Fat Joe-Ja Rule VERZUZ event.

“I really didn’t expect it, I didn’t know he was gonna be there, honestly,” she told Hall about the encounter. “So when I saw him kind of coming across the stage, I was just like, ‘Oh…’ and it was so weird because we haven’t seen or spoken to each other for over six years… so it was a weird feeling.”