Concrete Rose (2004) Ashanti, the princess of radio-rap hooks, shreds any hope of artistic growth on Concrete Rose the moment she demystifies her CD's title on the simpleminded… 2004-12-14 Ashanti R&B
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Concrete Rose (2004)

Ashanti | R(OTE) & B(ORING) Ashanti's new CD gets tangled in cliches and lifeless grooves
R(OTE) & B(ORING) Ashanti's new CD gets tangled in cliches and lifeless grooves

Details Release Date: Dec 14, 2004; Lead Performance: Ashanti; Genre: R&B

Ashanti, the princess of radio-rap hooks, shreds any hope of artistic growth on Concrete Rose the moment she demystifies her CD's title on the simpleminded ''Concrete Rose Intro'': Hip-hop is gritty, kinda like concrete, she explains, while R&B is sensual — you know, like a rose. The thin-voiced vixen's third disc bruises both genres with a slew of mostly midtempo clunkers built with her weapons of choice: faux grit and forced sensuality. Ah, but she'll always have poetry.

Originally posted Dec 20, 2004 Published in issue #798 Dec 24, 2004 Order article reprints