Chapter II (Ashanti album)

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Chapter II
Studio album by Ashanti
Released July 1, 2003 (United States)
Recorded 2002–2003; Crackhouse Studios
(New York)
SoundCastle Studios
(Los Angeles)
Genre R&B, pop, hip hop, hip hop soul, soul
Length 65:16
Label Murder Inc., Island Def Jam
Producer Ashanti Douglas (exec.)
Irv Gotti (exec.)
Chink Santana
Ashanti chronology
7 Series Sampler: Ashanti
(2003)
Chapter II
(2003)
Ashanti's Christmas
(2003)
Singles from Chapter II
  1. "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)"
    Released: May 13, 2003
  2. "Rain on Me"
    Released: August 9, 2003
  3. "Breakup 2 Makeup"
    Released: January 16, 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (51/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Blender 2/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]
Mojo 3/5 stars[5]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[1][6]
Q 1.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[7]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars[9]
The Village Voice (unfavorable)[10]

Chapter II is the second studio album by American R&B singer Ashanti, released by Murder Inc. and Island Def Jam on July 1, 2003 in the United States. The album involves production by Irv Gotti and Chink Santana and features a guest appearance by Ja Rule. Chapter II spawned three singles including the Billboard Hot 100 number two song "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)", the R&B-ballad "Rain on Me" and the Irv Gotti-produced "Breakup 2 Makeup (Remix)".

The album debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in July 2003 with first-week sales of 326,000 units. The album was certified Platinum on August 14, 2003. It earned Ashanti three Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song.

Chart performance[edit]

Chapter II debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart in July 2003 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart at number one with first-week sales of 326,000 units sold. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on August 14, 2003 and remained on Billboard 200 album for 30 consecutive weeks. Chapter II has sold 1.5 million copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The album was the 54th best-selling album of 2003. As of 2007, the album has sold 3 million copies globally.[11]

Singles[edit]

  • The first single from the album "Rock Wit U (Awww Baby)" peaked at number two on Billboard Hot 100 and number four on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single became a commercial success stateside and Ashanti's third top ten hit (solo). It was a moderate success internationally, it reached the top five in Canada and Japan, the top ten in United Kingdom, top twenty in Australia, and the top forty in Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland.
  • The second single "Rain on Me", peaked at number seven on Billboard Hot 100 and number two on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single became Ashanti's fourth top ten hit (solo) and another success stateside. It was a moderate success internationally, reaching the twenty in United Kingdom and the top forty in Canada.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro/Medley"   Ashanti Douglas, 7 Aurelius, Irving Lorenzo, E. Jordan, M. DeBarge, R. Calhoun, A. Parker, Jeffrey Atkins, T. Bell, L. Creed, T. Lane, L. Troutman, R. Troutman, M. Dean, B. Jordon   1:18
2. "Shany's World" (featuring Chink Santana) Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo   3:05
3. "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)"   Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo   3:29
4. "What Are They Gonna Say Now" (skit)     0:31
5. "Breakup 2 Makeup"   Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo   3:41
6. "I Found Lovin'"   Johnny Flippin, Michael L. Walker   4:15
7. "Rain on Me"   Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo, Burt Bacharach, Hal David   4:57
8. "Then Ya Gone" (featuring Chink Santana) Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo, E. Isley, M. Isley, O. Isley, R. Isley, R. Isley, C. Jasper, Lorenzo   4:59
9. "Living My Life"   Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo   3:46
10. "Black Child" (skit) Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo, R. Gills   1:28
11. "Feel So Good"   Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo, Austin Johnson, Smead Hudman   4:31
12. "Carry On"   Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo   3:15
13. "The Sugar Shack" (skit)     1:10
14. "The Story of 2"   Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo, Rick James   4:33
15. "Ohhh Ahhh"   Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo   4:36
16. "Shany Shia" (skit)     1:11
17. "Sweet Baby" (featuring Ja Rule) Douglas, Atkins, Lorenzo, S. Aurelius, Al Green   4:08
18. "U Say, I Say" (featuring Gunnz) Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo   4:09
19. "I Don't Mind"   Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo   5:04
20. "Outro" (featuring Chink Santana) Douglas, Parker, Lorenzo   0:58

Samples[edit]

  • "Rain on Me" contains a sample of "Look Of Love" by Isaac Hayes.
  • "Then Ya Gone" contains a sample of "Ain't I Been Good to You" by The Isley Brothers.
  • "Then Ya Gone" also contains a sample of "One Day" by UGK.
  • "Feel So Good" contains a sample of "Playing Your Game, Baby" by Barry White.
  • "The Story of 2" contains a sample of "Dream Maker" by Rick James.
  • "Sweet Baby" contains a sample of "I'm Glad You're Mine" by Al Green.
  • "U Say I Say" contains a sample of "Never Enough" by Groove Theory.
  • "I Found Lovin'" is a cover of "I Found Lovin" by Fatback Band.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 19
Austrian Albums Chart 65
Canadian Albums Chart 5
Netherlands Albums Chart 26
German Albums Chart 12
French Albums Chart 62
New Zealand Albums Chart 22
Swiss Albums Chart 9
UK Albums Chart 5
US Billboard 200 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Year Chart Rank
2003 Billboard 200 54[12]
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 27[13]

Credits[edit]

Preceded by
Dangerously in Love by Beyoncé
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
July 19, 2003 – July 26, 2003
Succeeded by
Bad Boys II Soundtrack

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