18 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Contemporary R&B is enjoying an embarrassment of riches, with innovative albums by FKA Twigs, Banks, and Kelela stretching the genre's boundaries. Tinashe's debut raises the bar yet again. Building on the momentum of the roiling summer jam "2 On," Aquarius features a who's-who of names, from R&B iconoclasts like Blood Orange's Dev Hynes to bankable pop pros like Stargate. "How Many Times" is a throwback slow jam enlivened by Future's staccato vocals, while "Pretend" out-Drakes Drake with its liquid production and earworm hook. Tinashe remains the star of the show, cooing, rapping, and ruminating (via several interludes). It's one of the year's most adventurous pop records.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Contemporary R&B is enjoying an embarrassment of riches, with innovative albums by FKA Twigs, Banks, and Kelela stretching the genre's boundaries. Tinashe's debut raises the bar yet again. Building on the momentum of the roiling summer jam "2 On," Aquarius features a who's-who of names, from R&B iconoclasts like Blood Orange's Dev Hynes to bankable pop pros like Stargate. "How Many Times" is a throwback slow jam enlivened by Future's staccato vocals, while "Pretend" out-Drakes Drake with its liquid production and earworm hook. Tinashe remains the star of the show, cooing, rapping, and ruminating (via several interludes). It's one of the year's most adventurous pop records.

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About Tinashe

Contemporary R&B singer and songwriter Tinashe Jorgenson Kachingwe, or simply Tinashe, was known for her recurring role on the sitcom Two and a Half Men, in which she appeared during the sixth and seventh seasons. She also worked as a voice actor and model prior to scoring a Top 25 pop hit with her breakthrough single, "2 On." Born in Lexington, Kentucky, she moved to Los Angeles in the early 2000s. Toward the end of the 2000s, after she had established her acting career, she joined the Stunners, a short-lived teen pop group that recorded for Columbia and Republic and opened for Justin Bieber during his My World tour. After the group's 2011 split, Tinashe went solo with a low-key contemporary R&B direction, released mixtapes, and ultimately signed with RCA. In 2013, she collaborated with Jacques Greene on the one-off track "Painted Faces" and released her third mixtape, Black Water, near the end of the year. In January 2014, she made her RCA debut with "2 On," a rattle-and-snap track on which she was joined by ScHoolboy Q. It reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Appearances on Erik Hassle's "Innocence Lost" and RZA's "Doctor" followed through that May. Her debut album, Aquarius, landed in October and debuted at number 17. Singles such as "Player," "Superlove," "Company," and "Flame," along with the mixtapes Amethyst and Nightride, preceded Tinashe's second proper album, Joyride, planned for 2017. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Lexington, KY
  • GENRE
    R&B/Soul
  • BORN
    February 6, 1993

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