Why I Spent $1.29 On A Single in 2017
I'm at that age where songs sound the same to me. If you asked me the difference between female leads on popular EDM songs playing on the radio I couldn't tell you. I sing along because scientifically I am wired to as predicted in the underrated classic, Josie and the Pussycats, but the songs do move your body and I can't hate on that. But as I see divas like Ariana Grande get steady radio play I wonder why isn't Tinashe getting the same love?
When I heard "2 On" on the radio I thought, oh snap that's my jam, I can't wait to hear more. She was bringing that Aaliyah and Janet Jackson vibe of dancing hard but with a pretty voice. I liked a few other songs like "Pretend" and "Player" was ok, the video was better because you can see her moves. She's been featured on a lot dance tracks but I'm surprised she's not getting much radio play. Then "Company" came out I thought alright finally! I checked back and the video is not going viral. I don't know why I'm so invested in this. Why do I care so much? I think it's because I see her dance and she looks like she is working 10 times harder than all the other singers out there but not getting the same love. I listened to her interview with Lena Dunham on "Women of the Hour" and she's been counted out right from the start. I also read how she was forced to do a duet with Chris Brown and he drags her on social media on her looks, she is gorgeous by the way. After reading all these stories about her it became a metaphor of what black women go through in life. I mean don't get me wrong she is still extremely lucky to get a record contract, magazine covers, and beauty endorsements but she faces the same issues of not necessarily having a support system, men, sometimes even black men, not appreciating our beauty, and how we have to work harder to get to the same place.
So I decided to go old school and at least purchase a single and not just stream. It is my small token to say as Tracee Ellis Ross would say, "I see you", rooting for you, and look forward to seeing you thrive in the future.