Why Can't We Just Let Tinashe Shine?


Tinashe is far too talented to succumb to the sophomore slump, and we must protect her at all costs.

Her debut album, Aquarius, back in 2014 was bubbling over with bops, like "2 On," "All Hands On Deck" and "Pretend."  In 2014, you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing "2 On."

Then, she went on tour with Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry in 2016. She also announced her own tour that same year, but then it got cancelled, so she could focus on her music.

In the summer of 2016, Tinashe dropped "Superlove," which did pretty well, but didn't get the same amount of exposure and radio play as "2 On." Towards the end of 2016, Tinashe dropped a digital album, Nightride. While Nightride produced "Company," and "Party Favors," they didn't quite take off like her earlier hits. The album only managed to hit 89 on the Billboard Hot 200.

So, what happened? And what went wrong, if anything? What is preventing Tinashe from becoming the reigning princess of R&B? And why won't people just let her shine?!

(And before you bring up her colorism comments, she did clarify that she was referring to her experiences growing up, in general.)

Her sophomore album, Joyride, is set for release this year and on January 18th, she'll be dropping three singles, all at once -- "Me So Bad (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & French Montana)", "Faded Love (feat. Future)", and "No Drama (feat. Offset)."

(UPDATE: "No Drama" is pretty fire... aside from Offset's problematic self.)

At least one of those tracks has to be a hit, right?! She is collaborating with some of music's prime feature picks, after all.

Tinashe is the voice we need in R&B. If Ty Dolla $ign can help with the R&B resurgence for the guys, then Tinashe most definitely fits the bill on the female end.

We're ready to see Tinashe take her career to the next level this year, and get the props she deserves.