25 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Tinashe
L.A.-based singer Tinashe is one of a kind. And while the eclectic sound of the ‘Black Water’ mixtape she dropped last year may warrant comparisons to so-called “alternative R&B” contemporaries like Jhené Aiko, FKA Twigs and SZA, it’s Tinashe's commercial viability that sets her apart from the pack.
Her DJ Mustard-produced single ‘2 On’ featuring ScHoolboy Q was a bona fide hit and a contender for song of summer 2014 (it peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 after Drake lent his vocals to an unofficial remix). Now she's got an A$AP Rocky collaboration, 'Pretend,' that could very well follow the same path.
It’s not just her hit-making ability that speaks to her superstar potential -- she's charismatic on camera, affable and candid in interviews and her musical output is as moody as it is catchy. Just in time for the release of her major label debut, 'Aquarius,' The Boombox brings you 25 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Tinashe to get you up to speed on the 21-year-old songstress.
Her burgeoning entertainment career didn't lead to classroom popularity. "Legions of kids would gang up on me and throw stuff at me for no reason," she said to Billboard.
"I think it’s just cool that people find similarities and comparisons in our different styles," she said.
She wrote where the title for the 2012 mixtape comes from on her blog.
"I notice that as the presidential election in the United States draws ever nearer, people become tremendously caught up in the Hollywood drama of it all—- and automatically take on, without much consideration, all of the views and the opinions of 'the right or the left.
"…Thus, resulting in a disconnect from our REAL political duties as citizens of this Earth, and a neglect for the true issues human beings around the globe face every single day.
"We are so caught up in our media, in our jobs, in our gossip, and in our consuming that we genuinely feel like we don’t have the time or ENERGY to bother ourselves with the tribulations of nations near and far."This… is a synthetic world many of us live in today— a dream, if you will."
Tinashe told Refinery29 that making her studio debut was a slower process.
The singer admitted to crushing hard on the 22-year-old actor.
She's competent in ProTools, Logic and Final Cut Pro.
Tinashe played a dying character in 'Cora Unashamed,' a 2000 TV movie.
She's recorded over 100 songs.
"I live in L.A. and there’s a mountain by my house so I like to run up that a lot," she said in an interview with XO Jane.
"It was about being afraid, and about not having to be afraid because I’m here for you -- so it was actually super deep and really mature for a 5-year-old," Tinashe said.
- 23"I love Jordan 11's. All of them. I’m obsessed with J’s -- I have Bred’s, these are the Gammas. I have the Space Jams at home," she tells Chicks N' Kicks.
'2 On' samples the reggae artist's 2005 hit 'We Be Burnin'.'