Following a recent incident where Selena Gomez appeared to sneer at him during the MTV VMAs, Grammy-winning artist Chris Brown has shifted his focus to R&B singer Tinashe, who expressed her reservations about their 2015 collaboration, “Player.”
In a recent interview on the Zach Sang Show, Tinashe, a Kentucky-born artist, attributed the decision to feature Chris Brown on the pop track to her former label, RCA Records. She explained that RCA felt it necessary to add Chris, as he was their biggest artist on rhythmic radio at the time. Tinashe expressed her skepticism about the collaboration, given that the song was pop-oriented.
“Especially when it comes to singles. Like, for example, that song with Chris, that was a song that… We all wanted it to be this big moment, this big single. So I feel like in [the label’s] mind, they were like, ‘You need the support.’ And [Chris] was like their biggest artist that they had on rhythmic radio at the time.”
Chris Brown responded to Tinashe’s comments on Instagram via No Jumper’s account, challenging anyone to name five Tinashe songs or face dire consequences, adding, “everybody dead.” He also criticized her career, stating, “She full of dat evil. Shawty career is nonexistent. What’s more embarrassing is that she worked with all these people and not one of us could save her career.”
On Sunday, Chris reposted supportive messages from his friend, two-time Grammy nominee Joyner Lucas, who defended him against unwarranted criticism from celebrities on podcasts and social media.
Tinashe, who has a significant social media following, used the controversy to promote her new single from her new album, BB/ANG3L.
Anyways… stream NEEDS 💗 https://t.co/6YZV7DT9OA— TINASHE (@Tinashe) September 17, 2023
Tinashe is set to embark on a 14-date co-headlining tour with singer-rapper DJ Shygirl on October 28. Meanwhile, Chris Brown, who has faced legal troubles in the past, is scheduled to release his 11th studio album, 11:11, featuring 11 tracks, on November 11.