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Now Playing: ‘Nightride’ by Tinashe

Coming down from her 2014 release Aquarius and gearing up for her sophomore album Joyride, Tinashe decided to join the ranks of music’s elite and surprised the world last month with Nightride, a sexy, subdued, cool and slightly dark glimpse into another side of the singer’s skill set.

A few of the songs on this mixtape were recorded by Tinashe herself in her own bedroom, but she also worked with a few well-known producers like Metro Boomin, PartyNextDoor, and The Dream. Nightride came about after creative differences with her record label surfaced while making Joyride, which was originally supposed to be released first. Her approach to music as of late is “to do it her way and do it unapologetically.” She confirms this state of mind by opening with “Lucid Dreaming.” She sings “if it’s my life / ain’t nobody gonna tell me how to live it / they can’t see it the way I see it through my eyes.” In a Twitter Q&A with fans, she revealed that the song is about “creating the life you want by manifesting it.”
Most of us all fell in love with Tinashe when we first heard her debut single  “2 On,” which quickly turned into a summer anthem. Although this album keeps too much of the same theme of slow and mid-tempo tracks, Tinashe still delivers a cool dance track in “Touch Pass,” where she attempts to seduce a young man to be hers. Other stand-out tracks from the album include “Ride of Your Life” and “Sacrifices,” which were produced by Metro Boomin, “Sunburn” and “Party Favors,” which originally features rapper Young Thug.

The release of Nightride doesn’t mean that Joyride will never see the light of day. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Tinashe explained that the two are still very much related projects.
“I see them as two things that are equally the same,” the singer said. “I think you can be a combination of things, and that’s what makes people human and complex.”
In an industry that churns out female talent like an assembly line, it seems as though Tinashe has found her place and has made it very clear she will not be pushed to the side.
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