Tinashe: The black community doesn’t fully accept me.
Tinashe is making headlines. The 24-year-old old pop princess Tinashe is under fire for a few comments she recently made about her career thus far, Rihanna allegedly taking a track from her and colorism. Check out a few excerpts below.
The sacrifices her parents made for her success:
I was very aware of my parents and our financial situation, we always figured it out, but I knew we couldn’t afford to live in Los Angeles. My parents are from Iowa, and we were barely getting by in LA.
Why she quit school:
There was a lot of misplaced jealousy, so I didn’t want to be there any more.
What she learned about the business in her early days:
I learned how to record in big studios and how to engineer and create songs. There’s a lot of sexism in the music business, a lot of sexism. As far as female producers or female engineers … when you’re in these studios, it’s all men. It is so rare that they’d not even expect me to have an opinion.
How easy it can be for male artist and her frustration with her label:
It’s so much easier for male artists, I know it is, I sent that message, yeah, that RCA was focused on Zayn? They were! But I have nothing against him; more power to him. Male artists don’t really co-sign female artists like that, and if they do it’s always like, ‘Are they fucking?’ It’s never, ‘Oh, I really like her music.’
How people believe you can only be a fan of one female artist but a fan of many male artist:
Recently, my cousin was with a friend of a friend, who was in high school, and she was like: ‘I’m a fan of Kehlani,’ but in a way that was like, ‘So I can’t be a fan of Tinashe, too.’ Then my friend posed the question, ‘Why not be a fan of both?’ It’s kind of like sport; people feel like they have to pick a side. There are hundreds of [male] rappers that all look the same, that sound the same, but if you’re a black woman, you’re either Beyoncé or Rihanna. It’s very, very strange.
Being fans of multiple female artists:
Ciara’s an amazing artist, Beyoncé’s an amazing artist, Rihanna’s an amazing artist, and they’re all very different!
There’s colorism involved in the black community, which is very apparent, It’s about trying to find a balance where I’m a mixed woman, and sometimes I feel like I don’t fully fit into the black community; they don’t fully accept me, even though I see myself as a black woman. That disconnect is confusing sometimes. I am what I am.
How Rihanna took the title track from her upcoming album “Joyride”:
Yeah, that’s true. But I don’t know if it was personally Rihanna, like, ‘I’m taking that from Tinashe.’ I don’t think that’s how it worked. But it’s back now.
How she will not quit:
It’s definitely been discouraging, and I have days where I’m less confident, but at the end I know that I’m going to get to where I need to go. There’s doubt that seeps in, there’s self-deprecation, because you look to someone to blame and you can’t blame anyone but yourself, but I’ve never, ever thought, ‘I’m going to work in a mall.’
When her next album is coming out:
It’s not like it’s sitting in a vault locked up, it’s always getting better and improving, I plan on doing a solid few more months recording then hopefully getting it out this year. It’s going to be great. They’re going to be the best songs!