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Ashanti Returns With Newfound Independence

Though most might not realize it, Grammy Award-winning songstress Ashanti is much more than just a pretty voice. The “Princess of R&B” is also a songwriter, producer, actress, and fashion designer. Ashanti recently opened up to AOL Music about her many roles in the creation of her latest album, her recent four year hiatus, and what it’s like being “one of the guys.” The singer also talks about her rumored relationship with Nelly. “I mean, have we been on dates? Of course! We went to the movies. We went to Anguilla! [More laughter] He’s a good dude,” Ashanti admits.

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