Billboard magazine ranked it number 100 on its Top 200 Albums of the Decade; album went on to sell more than six million copies worldwide.
According to the artist herself — who like Taylor Swift had been chasing ownership of her master recordings — "the business side of me" made the decision.
"I mean, it makes the most sense after being in the game for 20 years and having the rights to be able to go back and rerecord my first album," she told Essence.
"It's an amazing feeling to sonically make it feel that same rawness, but with the 2022 spin on it – just sonically making it crispy. I don’t want to stray too far because I'm really proud of what we created, but I'm excited about it."
On a recent appearance on the Tamron Hall Show, she credited her "amazing legal team" with securing her the rights to her own work.
"I got my first record deal when I was 14 years old, so understanding and seeing how things have changed so much from then to now and conceptually understanding what you're signing is so imperative, it's so important nowadays," she told the host.