Tinashe, 30, spoke with TMZ about possibly squashing the drama following her appearance on the Zach Sang Show. Earlier this month, Tinashe talked about how she felt her then-record label, RCA, pressured her to collaborate with Brown, 30, on 2015’s “Player.” He subsequently dissed her online, but Tinashe told TMZ, “I think he actually didn’t watch the full video.”
“It is what it is. It’s all good,” she said on Wednesday, September 20. “[I’m] focused on the future.”
When asked whether she was interested in making amends, Tinashe said, “I would talk to him if he wants to reach out. I’ll talk to him. It’s all love. It’s all good. We’re trying to be positive and move on to bigger things.”
Tinashe also clarified that while she may not perform “Player” anymore, it’s not a slight on Brown. “We’re doing all the new music,” she said, referring to her new album — BB/Ang3l — which was released on September 8.
Tension arose on September 12 when Tinashe spoke to host Zach Sang about her decision to leave RCA in 2019. She attributed her 2015 duet with R. Kelly (“Let’s Be Real Now,” which appeared on his album The Buffet) and the collab with Brown as one of the reasons behind her departure.
“You think I wanted to [do those songs]? I literally block out that R. Kelly song from my mind. I forget that that even exists. That is so embarrassing,” she said. “That is so unreal that I even have a song with R. Kelly.”
Tinashe chalked it up to being young — “I was probably 20” — and not having a lot of control in her career. When it came time to release “Player,” RCA pushed to have Brown on the track. “We all wanted it to be this big moment, this big single, so I feel like in their mind, they were like, ‘You need this support,’ and he was their biggest artist that they had on rhythmic radio at the time,” she said. “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. Hindsight is 20/20.”
As Tinashe’s comments made headlines, Brown took to social media with a fiery response. “NAME 5 TINASHE SONGS or die. EVERYBODY DEAD,” he wrote online, per Vibe.
“She full of dat evil. Shawty career is nonexistent,” he continued. “What’s more embarrassing is that she worked with all these people, and not one of us could save her career.”