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When we think about Ashanti, powerhouse vocalist is not one of the first descriptors that comes to mind. Sure, she had hits from back in the day but her voice has always been kind of light.

But in a recent performance for Boombox’s “Off The Record” series, we see a different side of Ashanti. She took a risk and decided to cover Chaka Khan’s legendary “Sweet Thing.” When Ashanti explained why she was singing this song she said it was because people, even people as close to her, like her hairdresser, didn’t know she had this potential.

She ain’t never lied.

When I saw that she was covering the song, I had my doubts but before I even clicked on the video, I saw that Chaka Khan, herself, thanked her for the tribute.


Chaka tweeted: “I am so BLESSED 2 have your beautiful talent paying a tribute 2 me! What a great birthday gift! Much love!!”  (Chaka turns 61 later this month.)

So it must be something ,right? Correct.

I was shocked and pleasantly surprised.

Take a listen to this song and let us know what you think? Did Ashanti kill it or what?


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