Why Tinashe’s Joyride is Already Underrated

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This Friday, April 13th, R&B songstress, Tinashe, will release her long-awaited, second studio album, Joyride.

The set is being released through RCA Records, 3 years after it was originally supposed to hit shelves.

The album was scheduled for a November 2015 release, but was pushed back when the initial lead single, “Player,” featuring Chris Brown, failed to chart on the Hot 100. After this, the future of the album continued to be stuck in a 3-year state of limbo after the performance of singles, “Ride of Your Life,” “Superlove,” and “Flame,” all matched the same fate as the duet with Brown.

Now, after all of the setbacks, Joyride will finally be released to the public in the form of it’s 3rd incarnation, a version packed with urban pop records like “No Drama,” “Faded Love,” and the most recent cut, “Me So Bad.”

Though most of the time when an album gets pushed back it is looked down upon by fans and the general public, the 3-year delay of Joyride offers one important benefit; the album has been perfected from top to bottom. This guarantees her fans 3 years worth of Tinashe’s best work since her first album, Aquarius, was released in October 2014. The SweeTees do not have to think twice about whether or not they will be served quality. According to Tinashe, 80% of the album is new material, with the title track “Joyride” and the coveted “No Contest” being the only 2 records that were originally meant for the 2015 version of Joyride.

To bring her vision to life, Joyride‘s 3rd incarnation saw Tinashe call on producers like Stargate, Soundz, J. White, and Hitmaka to create a feel-good album just in time for the summer.

Like the albums’s previous singles, the 3 newest tracks have failed to reach substantial chart success, only appearing on Billboard’s R&B Chart and the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Chart. With this in mind, it would be too optimistic to assume that Tinashe’s latest LP will open with numbers bigger than those of Aquarius, which debuted in 2014 at #17 on the Billboard 200 with 19,000 copies sold in its first week.

Considering the lack of high-budget promotion, the lukewarm radio response, and the general public’s unfamiliarity with Tinashe, it is clear that Joyride‘s quality will outweigh its commercial success. Like her debut album and 2016’s commercial mixtape, Nightride, Tinashe’s latest offering is on course to be one of 2018’s most underrated, yet highly acclaimed releases.

Will you be buying/streaming Joyride on Friday? Let us know in the comment section!


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