Ashanti heads to the islands with the “King of the Dancehall” Beenie Man on her flirty new single “First Real Love,” produced by Teetimus. The R&B diva effortlessly rides the riddim, while the Jamaican superstar adds his reggae flavor.
“It’s my first real love and I don’t want to lose it now / But every time we get so close, I feel that love will lose us both / It’s my first real love out of all,” coos Ashanti.
The song is taken off her upcoming album Braveheart, due March 4. In addition to Beenie, she has collaborated with Rick Ross, French Montana, and Jeremih.
From Ashanti to Snoop Dogg, there were plenty of star sightings on and off the court at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday. Drake, Diddy, Ludacris, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and Busta Rhymes piled into the Smoothie King Center to watch the East claim victory over the West.
After participating in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest on Saturday, October’s Very Own showed his hometown pride by singing along to the Canadian National Anthem. Rocking black Timberlands and a leather jacket, he traded photos and jokes with About Last Night star Kevin Hart.
“@kevinhart4real has so much food under his seat it’s almost weird,” tweeted Drizzy.
Fresh off his performance at All-Star Saturday Night, Kendrick kicked back and watched Pharrell and Janelle Monáe entertain the crowd.
2 Chainz, sporting his own “2 G.O.O.D. 2 Be T.R.U.” adidas high-tops, enjoyed courtside shots with Drake, Kevin Hart, and Diddy.
The Bad Boy mogul brought his sons Quincy and Christian, while Ludacris and his girlfriend Eudoxie made it a date.
Ashanti is at her sexiest in the video for “I Got It,” the new single off her upcoming album Braveheart. In the Eif Rivera-directed clip, which was shot in Miami, the R&B songstress hits the club and flaunts her voluptuous body in barely-there outfits. She puts some sexy moves on her man and cozies up to her MMG co-star, while Birdman and producer L.T. Hutton make cameos.
Due March 4, Braveheart also includes collaborations with French Montana, Jeremih, and Beenie Man. You can now listen to snippets of all 15 tracks on iTunes.
Ashanti turned down seven major label offers before deciding to launch her indie label Written Entertainment. “My life happened and that’s what the album is about,” she said of her first project since 2008′s The Declaration. “Everything on that record is something that I’ve gone through—good, bad, or indifferent.”
She also plans to shoot a video for her next single, “First Real Love,” later this month in Jamaica with Beenie Man.
Watch Ashanti sizzle on screen in the video below.
The wait is over for Ashanti fans. On March 4, the R&B songstress will release her long-awaited fifth album Braveheart on Written Entertainment/eOne.
In addition to announcing an official release date, Ashanti has revealed the 13 tracks, which includes appearances from French Montana, Jeremih, and Beenie Man. Two additional songs are featured on the Target deluxe edition.
The video for her Rick Ross-assisted single “I Got It” will premiere this week. Ashanti will also shoot the video for her next single, “First Real Love,” later this month in Jamaica with reggae star Beenie Man.
Additionally, she is writing music for the upcoming Tupac biopic, to be released in 2015.
Ashanti has switched up her BraveHeart cover once again. With eyes closed, the R&B diva holds a lock of hair in her fingers in the gorgeous close-up image, which appeared on Amazon.com (via HHNM).
She has collaborated with Rick Ross, Future, R. Kelly, Beenie Man, and Busta Rhymes on the follow-up to 2008′s The Declaration, which is set to feature production from Jerry Wonda, Detail, and Sak Pase.
The video for “I Got It” featuring Rick Ross is expected to premiere any day now. Watch a 30-second teaser here.
Diddy brought the stars and the fur to Harlem over the weekend. Clad in a mink, the hip-hop mogul took over famed food stand O’Fishole Seafood and Jumbo Hamburgers (formerly Willie’s Burgers) with some of his famous friends on Sunday night.
A$AP Rocky, Nelly, Jermaine Dupri, Bow Wow, Ashanti, Meek Mill, Jadakiss, and Rick Ross draped themselves in furs while shooting a mysterious video.
Diddy wouldn’t reveal exactly what it was, but did tweet, “Everybody gettin down with this #MMM movement.”
A generous Puff even presented Meek with the black mink off his back. “@iamdiddy gave me his mink he said it matched my car I could have it,” said the MMG rapper.
Diddy’s main chick Cassie also joined her man, posing in front of a Maybach. “#Mitch #MMM #newyorknewyork,” tweeted Cassie.
On Saturday, 2 Chainz and Lil Durk dug into their closets and joined Diddy to shoot additional scenes.
Before she hit the red carpet at last night’s Grammys, Ashanti dropped the trailer for “I Got It,” her new single featuring Rick Ross. In the Eif Rivera-directed video, which was shot earlier this month in Miami, the R&B songstress shows off her sexy body and even busts out some fierce moves.
“I Got It” is set to appear on Ashanti’s upcoming album BraveHeart, which has already spawned collaborations with R. Kelly, Busta Rhymes, and Beenie Man.
See Ashanti heat up the screen in the Instagram teaser.
UPDATE: Watch a longer 30-second trailer with appearances from Rick Ross and Birdman.