When Tinashe first dropped her hit single “2On” back in 2014, most would have thought this was going to be the new It girl, but things did not go as planned. When Tinashe announced that she will be releasing her sophomore album Joyride, the singer has had a hard time finding the rescues she did with her first album Aquarius.
In a new interview with The Guardian, Tinahse spoke about being a women and music and why she feels her career has stalled.
“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 Beyonce or Rihanna. It’s very, very strange,” the singer says. “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.”
“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.’”
While I do believe women in music get compared a lot more than men, I also believe Tinashe’s set back has to do with her music. On one had it seems like Tianshe want’s to take over the R&B/Hip-Hop lane but then on the other hand she wants to concur the pop world while still trying to be an alternative artists. When it comes to her music, music lovers and fans are just confused as to what her sound is exactly. We know that artists hate being placed in a box but, sometimes that box helps identify what lane that artist is going in especially with new artists. Tinashe is very talented but she is struggling to cultivate a loyal fan base.