New York, NY (Top40 Charts) It's been 10 years since we got a proper collaboration from Ashanti and Ja Rule, the duo that once gave us immortal hits like "Always On Time" and "Mesermize."
Today, they reunite on a somewhat unconventional track, covering "Helpless," a song from Hamilton that will appear on the musical's upcoming mixtape.
The two convincingly flip the lyrics to create a duet that brings us right back to their reign as one of rap and R&B's most reliable hitmaking teams. Ja Rule, who plays the Hamilton role, swiftly subs out the name Eliza for Ashanti, making dreams come true for Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who says he wrote the song with the two artists in mind.
"Baby, I'm helpless," sings Ashanti. "Look into your eyes, and the sky's the limit / I'm helpless, baby, down for the count, and I'm drownin' in 'em."
The Hamilton Mixtape is set to arrive on December 2nd, and will feature contributions from a variety of artists including Nas, Chance the Rapper, Usher, Miguel, Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, and Alicia Keys, and more.