Lately, it’s hard to avoid Tinashe’s single hit, “2 On,” as it makes the rounds across national broadcasts and millions of headphones. But then again, why would you want to? With its poppy beat, heady lyrics, and swift interlude by rapper ScHoolboy Q, it might just be the song of the summer.
Though Tinashe’s name is most associated with her Billboard chart-topping reputation, she’s been steadily building a career in the entertainment world for years. What began as an interest in ballet flourished into a passion for acting and music that led Tinashe to finish school early to pursue her dreams.
Tinashe’s first plunge into a music career was as a member of girl group, “The Stunners.” She ultimately broke away to establish a solo career, diligently watching YouTube videos to teach herself how to use the complicated and expensive equipment that she set up in her childhood bedroom. In 2012, she released “In Case We Die” and “Reverie” to generally positive reviews, praised as “brilliant” and likened to established talents Cassie and Rihanna.
Tinashe describes the trend of her musical style as dark and chilling beats topped with lighter, sweet vocals. Besides “2 On,” she’s also released “Vulnerable,” featuring Travi$ Scott. Similar to the vein of dark tones in previous songs, her soft vocals in “Vulnerable” overlay somber beats and a brash rap segment. Male rappers will continue to add an edge to Tinashe’s music, as Future and ASAP Rocky are expected to appear in a few of her upcoming songs. If it’s anything like her previous work, “Aquarius” is sure to be an album that astounds its audience and establishes Tinashe as a prominent music figure.