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Ashanti Opens Up About How the Music Industry Has Changed

Ashanti Opens Up About How the Music Industry Has Changed

Ashanti is on the latest digital cover of Paper, out now.

Here’s what the 37-year-old “Foolish” music superstar had to say…

On a sense of community in the music industry: “I feel like we’ve definitely moved away from the community aspect of things. There are not a lot of labels that are a crew that really celebrate together. If I was doing something, Ja [Rule] and everybody came. If Ja was doing something, me and everybody came. I don’t know where we are right now, it’s a weird space. But I do see a lot of rappers — men and women — making up instead of tearing each other down, and I’m really happy about that. It’s a ray of hope for me.”

On her relationship with social media: “When Twitter was born, even back then I definitely had the motto of ‘elephants don’t swat flies.’”

On connecting with fans online: “To have that dialogue and that important connection [with fans] where a fan feels special if you comment back when it matters most and they feel like, ‘Oh, she got love!’ — that outweighs a lot of the negative.”

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Credit: Alexei Hay; Photos: Paper Magazine
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