Plus Tinashe talks about the Iggy and Nicki comparisons, as well as all the drama in the music industry.


In anticipation of the video for “All Hands On Deck”, Tinashe stopped by Hot 97 and had some interesting things to say about collaborator Iggy Azalea.

Tinashe is riding high after joining Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour and dropping a hot video for the still incredible “All Hands On Deck” but she admitted that inviting Iggy Azalea onto the remix didn’t prove to be plain sailing.

The “2On” star revealed, “I definitely did catch some [backlash] when I first tweeted the links and everything; there was definitely a lot of hate on Twitter and social media.” She went on to say that she’s “not really worried about it… trolls will be trolls, haters gonna hate” which feels like a reasonable and mature tact to take.

She also clarified that she thinks Iggy did her song justice – when the host complimented Azalea’s feature, Tinashe responded by saying, “I think she did a good job too, that’s why I was like, ‘alright this sounds cool'”. It was also pretty telling that Tinashe has “never met [Iggy] in person”, a potentially damning statement on the way collaborations are all too often put together in 2015.

Unsurprisingly, the show quizzed Tinashe on the postponement of Iggy’s Great Escape Tour, but the singer-songwriter didn’t have anything particularly new to offer us by way of explanation, stating that “I honestly have no idea [why it was postponed], they said that it was ‘production reasons’, they couldn’t get the production value together that she wanted for her show, but I don’t know.”

You’ve got to admire Tinashe’s candidness as well as her attitude; when asked whether she feels that Iggy receives “significant backlash”, the rising starlet said this:

“She does, which is really kind of unfortunate to me. I support all women in music, especially I think it’s really amazing when two female rappers like Nicki and Iggy can both be so successful at the same time. I don’t understand why people have to pit… people against each other and try to make a beef. Everyone’s so addicted to drama. Why not let her shine, do her thing?”

It’s a reasonable question and in the midst of Iggy Azalea-gate, one that people should probably be asking more often. The hate surrounding Iggy, whilst partially well-founded, is out of control and is at such a level that people are no longer dealing with the issues that the controversial rapper’s accent and supposed lack of lyrical involvement (amongst others) actually raised. Instead all that’s really happening is that Azalea is subject to a torrent of increasingly tired jokes and jabs, none of which are particularly entertaining or interesting.

You can watch the rest of interview here, if you’re so inclined:

Also check out Tinashe’s brand-spanking new video for “All Hands On Deck”, from which Iggy is conspicuously absent, despite appearing on the official remix.

What do you think? Is the general atmosphere of hatred towards Iggy justified?