The Declaration

Music review by
Maria Dinoia, Common Sense Media
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Soulful voice doesn't mask sexual stuff.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

She does talk about being a woman scorned and exacting revenge.


The CD is loaded with sexual content and "trying to get in them draws and banging it out till morning" is only the beginning.


The opening of "You're Gonna Miss" has a "f--ked up." Also, "And now I'm standing here looking like damn…"


Mentions of Sidekick phone and BMWs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ashanti's fourth album is more of the same in terms of sexual content, but she seems to have toned it down a bit when it comes to glorifying the gangsta life. Unfortunately, she just can't stray too far from the lyrical formula of lots of gratuitous sexual stuff.

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Teen, 17 years old Written bylinbetween April 9, 2008

Really Good Album

First of all her vioce is excellent, the reviewer should listen to Shine and Mother plus So Over You where she shows her best vocal ability. I agree some tracks... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bylilyallen101 April 9, 2008

The declaration of Ashanti; very good

Sexual Content: Some iffy innuedo. Depends on your child. Violence: Not an issue. Language: "Lookin' like damn...", "I shoulda learned my le... Continue reading

What's the story?

This R&B and pop star has delivered her fourth album with a slick, overproduced 13-track collection. She continues to talk about sex and brings in some big names such as Nelly, Akon, and Robin Thicke to help her out.

Is it any good?

Ashanti's soulful voice is a little hidden behind all the production, but THE DECLARATION probably couldn't help but end up sounding overproduced with the list of people tied to it -- Babyface, Jermaine Dupri, Diane Warren -- to name a few. And production isn't the only thing that's over the top: Ashanti is definitely the "Dear Abby" of the R&B world for the heartbroken and wouldn't be herself if she wasn't singing about the highs and lows of relationships including being a woman scorned and exacting revenge. All said, what you have here is a fine album of songs that doesn't really excite or depress either. It's stuck in mediocrity and falls somewhere in the middle of take or leave it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Ashanti's progression. When she released her first album, she was just a teen. Has her musical style changed? Do you think she's made a natural development with age or did her record label force the change?

Music details

  • Artist: Ashanti
  • Release date: June 3, 2008
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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