MTV News spoke with Ashanti who says she’s gearing up for her second album that she hopes to release this summer. “I just got out of the studio about 4 a.m. this morning,” she said recently. “We’re already back in the lab for the second [LP]. We have five joints done. Just a few songs, but they’re hot, so that’s what counts. With the first album we basically just went with being real, just being able to relate to everyone universally — black, white, male, female. For the second album, we just kind of want to take it up a notch. We haven’t worked with anyone new yet, but you know, everything is open.” Read more.