On "Scars," she spits daggers at a former lover that we can only assume to be Nelly: "Yeah, he's a walkin', talkin', living regret / I wish I never met him, never slept with him / Never wish I involved myself." Other songs are confident and club-ready.
"I Got It," a collaboration with Rick Ross, encourages women to applaud their own accomplishments: "I work hard, yeah I put work in / He shine it up but I drive it / I ain't saying that I'm bragging babe / I just like to celebrate my accolades." (Another dance track, "Count," is less successful, flattening Ashanti's soulful voice into a robotic deadpan.)Ashanti's at her best when she dissects the complicated nature of relationships, as she does on audible subtweet "She Can't," rumored to be about seeing Nelly with the girl he dated after he and Ashanti split.
Taking into account her recent coziness with Nelly speaks to just how much can change in life and love in a year.
After leaving Murder, Inc., Ashanti stepped away from music for awhile, focusing on acting and writing while labels tried to pick her up.
Her answers to delicate questions sound sincere, but practiced.