Rap-Up TV: Tinashe Enlists A$AP Rocky, Future for ‘Aquarius’ Debut

Tinashe has been all over the airwaves with her DJ Mustard-produced single “2 On” featuring ScHoolboy Q. But the L.A. singer’s success didn’t happen overnight. After getting her start in the girl group The Stunners and appearing in movies and TV shows including “Two and a Half Men,” she went on to release three mixtapes including last year’s Black Water.

Now the 21-year-old is readying her RCA Records debut Aquarius for release later this summer.

She has been in the studio with hitmakers including Mike WiLL Made It, Boi-1da, Dev Hynes, Clams Casino, and A$AP Rocky, who appears on the Detail-produced “Pretend.”

“The song with Rocky is definitely kind of a contemporary-sounding song,” she told Rap-Up TV. “It doesn’t really sound like a lot of other songs on the radio, but it’s a midtempo feel and it’s kinda minimalistic in the track.”

She also went to Atlanta to work with Future on the Jasper-produced “How Many Times.” “[Future] kept it straight ‘hood on this track, which I was super excited about,” said Tinashe. “I think it’s an interesting blend between an R&B vibe and there being some hip-hop thrown in there.”

Growing up, she listened to Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Sade, Keith Sweat, and Tony! Toni! Toné! “My parents played a lot of ’90s R&B in the house, so I think I was just naturally kind of influenced by that type of music.”

But she’s been drawing comparisons to one particular R&B singer. “I think being compared to Aaliyah is a huge compliment,” she said. “Interestingly enough, she wasn’t a person who I really idolized or was influenced by growing up, but I think it’s just cool that people find similarities and comparisons in our different styles.”



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8 Comments

  1. #YouWillDEAL

    Aaliyah comparisons LOL yea right…!

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    Meria Reply:

    @#YouWillDEAL, if you’ve listened to her mixtapes, you’d get it. But of course Tee’s above your basic mainstream level

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    #YouWillDEAL Reply:

    @Meria, LOL what’s basic is this lame response…! There is no comparison is my main point… Aaliyah is THE BLUE PRINT to what these (urban pop crossover) artist strive for today… Tinsha is cool but she lacks originality…! Aaliyah was pure ORIGINALITY… #YouWillDEAL

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  2. chris

    I’m rooting for her. She seems very intelligent and rooted.

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  3. BEDSTUYFLY

    She’s going to be the one to watch during the next 2 years. There’s definitely a HUGE opening for a sexy sultry female R&B artist. Rihanna and Beyonce are on an entirely different level. Ciara and Cassie, no one cares, and all the other girls don’t bring in the numbers anymore. If she gets the right team, a professional glam squad and continues to put out great music, her and Jhene Aiko can dominate this new wave of R&B.

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  4. freshed

    she has defiantly grew on me. I look forward to supporting her and her upcoming projects.
    Person above me. Leave peoples name out of your conscious if you dont care for them. Thats how SMART you can actually be !!!

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  5. Elvick

    Adore Tinashe, hope she blows up. She’s so talented, her mixtapes are heavenly and ’2 On’ is hot. It’s a shame people are so… *mumbles* and think ’2 On’ is her first song ever. Thus judge her on that song only. smh…

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  6. FutureFanz.com

    Can’t wait to hear it!

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