Aside from music, Ashanti has also acted in various productions.
In 2005, she made her feature film debut in Coach Carter alongside Samuel L.
Ashanti wrote and sang background on Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)", which also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's singles, "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain On Me", were both commercial successes, peaking at number two and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, respectively.
In 2003, Ashanti released her second album, Chapter II, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 326,000 copies in the U. The album went platinum, selling over 1.5 million copies in U. Chapter II was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and "Rock wit U (Awww Baby)" and "Rain on Me" were each nominated in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Over the past few months, Nana has posted heartbreaking messages on Instagram, dedicated to Mario with his photos.
She returned the favour by lending vocals to Nelly's new track Body On Me, from his forthcoming album Brass Knuckles.
Rapper Nelly is still dating singer Ashanti despite recent rumours of a split.
The couple has been romantically involved since 2003, but they were rumoured to have gone their separate ways earlier this month (Jul08) after the New York Daily News quoted Ashanti as saying, "I'm dating my new album, and no one else." However, according to website Usmagazine.com, their relationship is still going strong.
Ashanti cites Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Prince, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, Mary J.
Blige, Ella Fitzgerald, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, and Blue Magic as her musical influences.