Tinashe, the singer known for hits like “2 On,” recently shared her regrets about collaborating with R. Kelly and Chris Brown in the past.
During an interview on the Zach Sang Show, she opened up about working with artists who have faced allegations of abuse.
One of Tinashe’s past collaborations was with R. Kelly on the track “Let’s Be Real Now,” featured on his 2015 album “The Buffet.”
Reflecting on that collaboration, she expressed deep embarrassment, saying, “I literally block out that R. Kelly song from my mind. I forget that it even exists. That is so embarrassing. That is so unreal that I even have a song with R. Kelly. That’s so embarrassing.”
Tinashe also mentioned her youth at the time, stating:”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 … That was crazy.”
She went on to explain that she had limited control over what her label wanted to release during her tenure with Sony’s RCA Records from 2012 to 2019.
In addition to her collaboration with R. Kelly, Tinashe discussed her 2015 single “Player,” which featured Chris Brown. She revealed that she didn’t have much say in the decision to add Brown to the track, despite her reservations about it being a pop song.
She explained, “You lack a lot of control in that situation… And especially when it comes to singles like the song with Chris – that was a song that we all wanted to be this big moment, this big single.”