If you have taste, you know the singer Tinashe. She's behind hits like "2 On," "All Hands on Deck," and my personal fave, "Cold Sweat."
She recently appeared on the Zach Sang Show, where she was asked about her previous collabs with R. Kelly and Chris Brown, both of whom have been subject to abuse allegations.
“You think I wanted to [do those songs]?” Tinashe said of their collabs. “I literally block out that R. Kelly song from my mind — I forget that it even exists."
She said, in hindsight, it's "so embarrassing" and "unreal" that she ever worked with Kelly, given his long and well-documented history of abuse. "I was so young, too, which is crazy because I feel like I did that song when I just signed to that label. I was probably like 20," she continued, referring to RCA Records.
Zach then said she must have "lack[ed] a lot of control in that situation...if any," to which she replied, yes, "1,000%."
“Especially when it comes to singles. Like, for example, that song with Chris, that was a song that… We all wanted it to be this big moment, this big single. So I feel like in [the label’s] mind, they were like, ‘You need the support.’ And [Chris] was like their biggest artist that they had on rhythmic radio at the time.”
She said that to her, it didn't make sense musically to put Chris on that particular song: “I was like, ‘Well, this is a pop song, so I really don’t feel like we should put Chris on it like that. I don’t like that. That doesn’t compute to me.’”
Chris seemed to take offense to that because he posted this on IG:
He also reposted this message about a "hate campaign" against him...
...and appeared to say that Tinashe's career is "nonexistent."
Chris Brown claps back at Tinashe in response to her recent interview"What’s more embarrassing is that she worked with all these people and not one us could save her career" pic.twitter.com/AQUwUNceON
— BreezyRelated (@breezyrelated) September 17, 2023
People didn't really understand it because Tinashe's issue was with her former label for forcing them to do a pop song together — not with Chris himself.
One person said it was "just childish."
I’m dead ass when I say I’m tired of Chris Brown. A video of Tinashe not agreeing with her label’s decision to feature him recently came out, which she said nothing bad about HIM. Then he says this. Just childish when he wasn’t even spoken about in a negative way pic.twitter.com/jHXSN2wJEj
— she (@MixCultureFlow) September 17, 2023
The Zach Sang Show / The Shade Room / Via Twitter: @MixCultureFlow
Another mused that if they had a "gun to the head, [they] couldn’t name you 5 chris brown songs but [they] could name 5 crimes he’s committed," which earned over 40,000 likes.
See, this Tinashe Chris Brown “controversy” is why I am never giving any social grace to anyone who has not earned it. She was as diplomatic as one could be when Zach Sang asked about how she felt to have worked w R Kelly and Chris Brown. She didn’t say anything bad about Chris.
— Twyla ✨ (@orangemoonmagic) September 17, 2023
Chris Brown fell for the big white letters instead of watching the whole Tinashe interview. Unfortunate.
— SieNote (@NOPussBoys_) September 17, 2023
Chris Brown attempt to embarrass Tinashe backfired and people dragging him and calling him bitter. Poor that, see when your a real bad bitch you always win! pic.twitter.com/cwm9BHsTry
— ƈʝ (@icy_nashe) September 17, 2023
Tinashe hasn't publicly responded to Chris, but we'll see if she does.
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