DMX, Foxy Brown, Ja Rule, & Ashanti Perform at Def Jam 30 Concert

Ashanti, Big Sean, Ja Rule, and Aisha Atkins

Def Jam celebrated 30 years of hip-hop with a star-studded concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night. The label’s past and present icons—from EPMD to Big Sean—united under one roof to perform some of their greatest hits.

Accompanied by Swizz Beatz, DMX tore up the stage with “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Where the Hood At,” and “Party (Up in Here).”

Ja Rule, who will star in MTV’s docu-series “Follow the Rules,” took it back with his Murder Inc. classics and brought out Irv Gotti and his former labelmate Ashanti for “Mesmerize” and “Always On Time.” The R&B princess stuck around to sing “Happy” and her debut single “Foolish.”

“This next record put me in the Guinness Book of World Records,” said Ashanti before performing the Biggie-sampled song, which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 in 2002.

Draped in a gold fur-lined jacket, a slimmer Rick Ross bumrushed the stage with French Montana and some twerking fans for “Pop That” and brought out Stalley for “One More Shot.”

Foxy Brown repped for her hometown with her classics “B.K. Anthem,” “Ain’t No Ni**a,” and “Get Me Home.”

Surprise guest Big Sean had the crowd singing along to his new anthem “I Don’t F**k With You,” Fabolous did his remix to “Hot Ni**a,” and 2 Chainz delivered a swagged-out set.

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Video: Ashanti f/ French Montana – ‘Early in the Morning’

Early in the Morning

Ashanti turns up the heat in the steamy video for her French Montana-assisted single “Early in the Morning” off March’s Braveheart. The R&B diva, who celebrated her 34th birthday on Monday, hits the studio (look for a cameo from her younger sister Shia), but she can’t take her mind off her man (played by French). He keeps texting her so she rolls over to the club, where she puts on a sexy show just for him.

The two previously collaborated on Ashanti’s 2012 single “No One Greater,” and Ashanti made a cameo in French’s “R&B Bitches” video over the summer.

Get your seductive wake-up call from Ashanti.

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Video: French Montana f/ Fabolous & Wale – ‘R&B Bitches’ [Trailer]

Ashanti and French Montana

French Montana shares his dreams of bagging an R&B chick in the trailer for “R&B Bitches” featuring Fabolous and Wale. The rappers holler at music’s hottest women including Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Mary J. Blige, and Ashanti, who makes a cameo alongside French.

Watch the trailer before the full video premieres July 23.

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Ashanti Performs Throwback Medley on ‘GMA’


Ashanti kicked off Easter weekend with a visit to “Good Morning America.” The R&B songstress took over the indoor studio in Times Square to perform “Runaway” and “Scars” off her No. 1 independent album Braveheart.

She also took it back with a throwback medley of her hits including “Foolish,” “Always on Time,” “What’s Luv?” and “Happy,” while Robin Roberts and some young fans looked on.

In addition to music, Ashanti has been keeping busy with her acting career. She recently shot a sci-fi TV movie in Canada and will star alongside Michelle Pfeiffer in a film this summer.

Watch Ashanti tear up the stage with something new and old.

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Ashanti Performs ‘I Got It’ on ‘Queen Latifah Show’


Ashanti continued to promote her album Braveheart with a visit to “The Queen Latifah Show” on Tuesday.

The R&B chanteuse delivered a smoking-hot performance of her Rick Ross-assisted single “I Got It.” Accompanied by two female dancers, she strut across the stage and even got down on the floor while showcasing some sexy moves.

Peep Ashanti’s sizzling set below.

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Ashanti Performs ‘I Got It’ on ‘Good Day NY’


While in town for her show at B.B. King, Ashanti stopped by “Good Day NY” on Tuesday. Following her Christmas performance in November, the R&B diva graced the stage once again, performing her latest single “I Got It” off her album Braveheart.

“It is extremely personal,” said Ashanti of her latest work. “The past two years of my life are definitely a mirror of the album. Everything that I’ve gone through personally in my career with the public is definitely in Braveheart.”

In honor of April Fools’ Day, the hosts also presented her with a mysterious box, but she was too scared to open it.

In addition to promoting her album, Ashanti has been writing music for the upcoming Tupac biopic, to be released in 2015.

Catch Ashanti’s sizzling set below.

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Ashanti Performs ‘Foolish,’ Covers Chaka Khan’s ‘Sweet Thing’


Ashanti served up something old and something new during her performance for The Boombox’s “Off the Record” series. The R&B diva dipped into her catalog with her 2002 debut single “Foolish,” and brought it back to 2014 with her Rick Ross-assisted banger “I Got It” and “Scars” off her latest album Braveheart.

“Sometimes I listen to my first album and I be like, ‘Damn, that was crazy. I said that?’” laughed Ashanti while reminiscing about her past.

She also covered Chaka Khan’s ’70s classic “Sweet Thing,” which is the song that got Ashanti her record deal.

Her rendition received the stamp of approval from the legendary singer herself. “I am so BLESSED 2 have your beautiful talent paying a tribute 2 me! What a great birthday gift! Much love!!” tweeted Khan, who turns 61 later this month.

Catch Ashanti’s soulful set below.

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