In her latest interview with Nylon, the singer opens up about their eyebrow-raising duet “Player,” which served as a lead single for her upcoming album, Joyride. Though she admittedly understands why some people may be put off her collaboration with Brown, a man who’s been accused of being violent with numerous women, she wants those critics to know that it wasn’t actually her choice to be paired up with the alleged abuser.
“It wasn’t my decision. That’s what people don’t understand,” she tells the publication. “But you know, at the end of the day, I still really respect him as an artist. I think he’s really talented. It was always a goal of mine to collaborate with him at some point.”
Tinashe also notes that misogyny still runs rampant in the music industry. After being asked by an interviewer to have her tongue measured, she admits she quickly realized just how hard it is for female performers to succeed in a male-dominated scene.
“It’s disgusting sometimes,” she says. “You can either a) be a good sport or b) walk out of the room. And, again, what exactly does that prove? I don’t want to be subjected to objectification, but then I don’t get the interview.”
“Hopefully I can get to a point where I’m respected enough for my music that I’m able to change the way that male DJs think of female artists. We have it a lot harder in general,” the 23-year-old continues. “Not only do radio DJs and people who are interviewing you sexualize you and objectify you, but other artists do as well. Fans do. People dumb you down. Other male artists don’t support female artists because it makes them look, what, thirsty? And other female artists don’t support women artists because it’s too competitive.”
Tinashe adds that “music is number one to me,” saying, “I’d never, ever put my career aside for a man. Ever. So, yeah, there is a level of, ‘I do want you, but I definitely don’t ever need you. Not like, need-need you. Not, like, really, truly need you. Not, like, need you to survive. I will definitely survive. I’ll thrive, in fact. But you’re a great asset.”