Happy Birthday Ashanti: 7 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Her

Ashanti and Mary J. BligeMary J. Blige

In an interview with AskMen, she cites Mary J as a driving force behind her following her dreams, “I didn’t want to sing only slow songs and I didn’t want to be spittin’ rhymes. But Mary [J. Blige] put those concepts together. She cleared the way, and now I’m following my own path.”