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TEXT ERIN BRADY

MARCH 24, 2014. TODAY, THE (EXPLICIT) VIDEO FOR TINASHE'S HIT "2 ON," FEATURING SCHOOLBOY Q DROPPED ON VEVO (CLICK THROUGH THE SLIDESHOW TO WATCH). LAST WEEK, V DROPPED IN FOR A CHAT AND AN ON-THE-FLY PHOTO SHOOT WITH THE STUNNER, AND WE LEFT WITH THIS EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK

Though she may be young, 21-year-old singer Tinashe Kachingwe is far from a new-comer. With three mixtapes and a girl group membership behind her, along with acting credits in The Polar Express, Two and a Half Men, and Akeelah and the Bee on her IMDb profile, she considers herself to be–if anything–a late bloomer. “I feel like I’m behind schedule,” she says. “I planned on being where I am now maybe four years ago.”
 
Fresh off the success of her third self-produced mixtape Black Water and on the cusp of her debut album, where Tinashe is changes on a near daily basis. “It’s really gotten crazy,” she says of her schedule. “We’re going to Baltimore, Boston, Milwaukee, Atlanta and then London all within a week and a half. I can’t really complain though because at least I’m working.”
 
Since she was four years old, Tinashe has maintained a schedule on par with performers twice her age. “I gave up a lot of normal experiences to dedicate my life to pursuing this,” she says, though she’s quick to add that she doesn’t feel left out. While her peers were learning how to drive and navigating high school, Tinashe was receiving an education of another sort as she toured with The Stunners, a girl group which opened 20 shows for Justin Bieber’s My World tour. “It was a learning experience,” Tinashe confirms. “It was learning how to tour and record and do all these things. I’m so comfortable now. There’s no stage too big.”
 
Tonight, with the release of her music video for “2 On,” the behind-the-scenes footage of which we’re pleased to premiere here, the stage for her solo venture is getting a bit bigger. The first single from her forthcoming record (due out this summer), “2 On” features Tinashe’s high, delicate vocals and Schoolboy Q’s nimble rhymes paired with an R&B-leaning beat. It’s a taste of the genre-melding album to come, which like the singer’s previous DIY mixtapes, will be strongly driven by her own sensibilities. “It’s a pain in the ass for my label to have someone [like me]” she says, laughing. “I know exactly what I like and that’s what I want my music to be.“ 

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