Tinashe Reflects on “Embarrassing” Collaborations With R. Kelly & Chris Brown, Revealing Label Pressure


Tinashe at Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Live held at The Novo on Aug. 8, 2023 in Los Angeles.

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Back in 2015, while Tinashe was indication to RCA, she partnered with Chris Brown for a track called “Player.” Shortly after, her R. Kelly team-up, “Let’s Be Real Now,” got here. On Wednesday (Sept. 12), the vocalist assessed collaborating with 2 guys implicated of misuse on the Zach Sang Show.

“I literally block out that R. Kelly song from my mind. I forget that it even exists,” she claimed in a clip from the meeting uploaded to TikTok. “That is so embarrassing. That is so unreal that I even have a song with R. Kelly. That’s so embarrassing.”

She included that she was “so young” when “Let’s Be Real Now” appeared, which Sang kept in mind that there is not a great deal of “control” over partners when you initially authorize to a tag — which it wasn’t reasonable for Tinashe to deal with analysis over the launches. “Especially when it comes to singles, for example, that song with with Chris [Brown],” Tinashe responded. “That was a song that we all wanted it to be this big moment, this big single. So, I feel like, in their mind, they were like, ‘You need the support.’ He was their biggest artist that they had on rhythmic radio at the time. To me, I was like, ‘Well, this is a pop song. So, I really don’t feel like we should put Chris on it.’ That doesn’t compute to me, but I don’t know.”

Brown has a history of alleged violence against women, going back to his 2009 attack of then-girlfriend Rihanna. R. Kelly, at the same time was condemned in 2021 on all 9 fees brought versus him by the federal government, consisting of racketeering as well as sex trafficking, at the end of his government test in New York.

Tinashe left RCA in 2019, as well as authorized with Nice Life Recording Company previously this year. See the complete meeting clip listed below.


“I block out that song from my mind” @Tinashe on collaborating with R. Kelly #tinashe #rkelly #embarrassing #zachsangshow #zachsang #fyp #foryou @Amp

♬ original sound – Zach Sang Show



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