The release of Ashanti’s fourth album had already been pushed back a few times, which wasn’t a promising sign, but there was still some hope that the R&B singer might live up to the potential that seemed to be lurking under the surface. Unfortunately, it’s now all too evident why the The Declaration was delayed.
Producer LT Hutton is behind most of these beats, and it’s easy to see why he hasn’t had a hit in years. A few bigger names drop in (Nelly and Akon might as well be sleepwalking here), but none sound like they’re putting much into their appearances. Ashanti’s still got a decent voice, but she’s badly in need of a better songwriting and production team.