Foolish (Ashanti song)

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Foolish (Ashanti single - cover art).jpg
Single by Ashanti
from the album Ashanti
Released January 29, 2002
Recorded 2001
Genre R&B
Length 3:47
Ashanti singles chronology
"What's Luv?"
(2002) What's Luv?2002
(2002) Foolish2002
"Down 4 U"
(2002) Down 4 U2002
Audio sample

"Foolish" is a song by American singer and songwriter Ashanti. It served as her debut single, the first from her self-titled debut album. Written by Ashanti, 7 Aurelius, Etterlene Jordan, Mark DeBarge and producer Irv Gotti, it uses a sample of DeBarge's "Stay with Me" and features elements from the remix of "One More Chance" by The Notorious B.I.G. and "M.V.P." by Big L. A promotional version of the single called "Unfoolish" features a verse from Notorious B.I.G. from his song "F--king You Tonight".

The song was released as the album's lead single on January 29, 2002. It spent ten weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song became Ashanti's second number one and third top ten on both charts. The song was in the top ten in United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Germany and Japan.

In 2009, it was named the 19th most successful song of the 2000s on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[1]

Music video[edit]

The filming session of the video for the single took place during January 2002. It was directed by Irv Gotti himself. The video shows the viewer a relationship where a man, played by Terrence Howard, gets involved into some criminal acts and is unfaithful to Ashanti with Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta reality star Althea, which ends up in a break-up after some quarrel. As the song suggests, Ashanti feels that she still loves her ex and that she just can't seem to get over him and becomes frusturated since her heart and her mind force her to love him and hate him at the same time. In supporting roles we can also see Charli Baltimore, Vita, Ja Rule and Irv Gotti. As well as a young Nicki Minaj can be seen as a very short cameo. The video is set in the fashion of the movie Goodfellas, with Ashanti in the role of Karen Hill and Terrence Howard in the role of Henry Hill. Irv Gotti and Ja Rule are also in a scene appearing to take the roles of Jimmy Conway and Paulie Cicero. The video was a three-time nominee at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video, Best R&B Video, and Best New Artist.


The song was nominated at the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance – Female, and Ashanti for Best New Artist and won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single for Female.

Track listings[edit]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[20] Platinum 70,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hot 100 Decade Songs
  2. ^ " – Ashanti – Foolish". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  3. ^ " – Ashanti – Foolish" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  4. ^ " – Ashanti – Foolish" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  5. ^ " – Ashanti – Foolish" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ " – Ashanti – Foolish" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  8. ^ " – Ashanti – Foolish". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "Chart Track: Week 31, 2002". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  10. ^ " – Ashanti – Foolish" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  11. ^ " – Ashanti – Foolish". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  12. ^ " – Ashanti – Foolish". Singles Top 100. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  13. ^ " – Ashanti – Foolish". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  15. ^ "Ashanti – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Ashanti. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  16. ^ "Ashanti – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Ashanti. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  17. ^ "2002 UK Singles Chart" (PDF). ChartsPlus. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2002". Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  19. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – 2002 Year End Charts". Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  21. ^ "British single certifications – Ashanti – Foolish". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 25, 2017.  Enter Foolish in the search field and then press Enter.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Ain't It Funny" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
April 20, 2002 – June 22, 2002
Succeeded by
"Hot in Herre" by Nelly
Preceded by
"Oops (Oh My)" by Tweet featuring Missy Elliott
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
March 30, 2002
Succeeded by
"Oh Boy" by Cam'ron featuring Juelz Santana