Ashanti Takes Thumb-Sucking Infantilism To New Extremes

Franklin Soults of the Cleveland Scene profiled ahead of her show with Avril Lavigne, Mario, and others last night. Soults described saying, “Whereas ’s own role model, Mary J. Blige, still connects her hip-hop-informed-R&B to a gospel and blues tradition, ’s crooning is all about lightweight baby blues. Aaliyah got there first, but takes thumb-sucking infantilism to new extremes, with pitter-patter beats, softly cooed vocals, plush production, and a surfeit of the word “baby” itself, all neatly brushed or artfully crumpled like velvet.” has since removed the article.

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