Last week Tinashe announced three new singles for the New Year. Today (January 18) she dropped “No Drama,” a streamlined R&B-rap hybrid produced by Stargate, along with its fierce, choreography-heavy video. Throughout, Tinashe sounds nonchalant, channeling Destiny’s Child (“I need a soldier”) and Mean Girls (“You can’t sit with us”) to explain exactly who she allows in her circle.
Leading up to its release, the title “No Drama” sounded like a fitting mantra, as if Tinashe was setting her intentions for 2018. Last year she was as productive as ever with her mixtape Nightride. But she was also clearly frustrated with navigating the music industry while transitioning from underground R&B curio to major label signee. Her long-teased album Joyride also never arrived.
Unfortunately, Offset also appears in “No Drama.” Yes, he is featured off the strength of his, Metro Boomin and 21 Savage’s Without Warning and with Migos’ Culture 2 out next week. But Offset also just came under fire for a line she spits in YFN Lucci’s “Boss Life” (“Pinky ring crystal clear, 40K spent on a private Lear / 60k solitaire / I cannot vibe with queers”). His apology on social media wasn’t convincing, either.
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I didn’t write the line about gay people. I have said before since these issues before that I got love for all people. My passion for fashion has lead me to a lot of gay people around me who I have mad respect for and we are very cool so I’m not in a place where I’m hating like that. When I wrote that I was thinking of words that could rhyme with the others (here, lear, solitaire, bear) and I saw this definition about her having a queer feeling she was being watched and it fit what I was thinking about a stalker creepy paparazzi situation. To me that “queer” I don’t mean someone who’s gay. I mean lame people who film you, post it and stalk you. Lingo that means strange or odd. I M S O R R Y I A P O L O G I Z E I’m offended I offended anybody
Will “No Drama” be enough for Tinashe to gain some much-needed career momentum this year? Judge for yourself by listening up top.