Ashanti is really pushing her upcoming album, Braveheart, which is being put out via her won label, Written Entertainment. While on BET’s 106 & Park, she hinted that the concept behind the title is sentimental.
Recently, she revealed the meaning behind the title with Power 99. The namesake derives from Mel Gibson’s Braveheart.
“The metaphor that I took was basically in the movie (Braveheart) you have the Europeans, you have the soldiers from London and the U.K.,” she explained. “They have the big horses, they have the shields, the guns, the weapons; They’re all armored up. And then you have the Scots. They’re all raggedy, homemade weapons, and paint on their faces. It’s not an even playing ground, so I feel like with the [major labels], they’re bossed up. They have the big engine and all the artists signed to them and with the indies, it’s depending. It’s homemade, it’s homegrown. It’s a lesser engine. So the metaphor I was using was being brave and putting your blood and guts into it and fighting passionately to win.”
Other notes from the extended interview:
-Ashanti says R&B chanteuse Keyshia Cole is likely to appear on the LP. Rico Love contributed as well (“Perfect So Far”).
-She’s also dabbling in movies. She speaks on the possibility of appearing in the sequel to Coach Carter and starring in I Love Cinema, which she is executive producing.
-When asked about Nelly, she says they are “really good friends.”
-Although Ashanti has had a fruitful career, people still doubt her talent. When asked how does she handle the naysayers proclaiming her career is over and that she can’t sing, she jokingly says she “goes to the bank.” She continues by stating she is tough enough to handle the harsh critics.
Watch the interview below!