well she had a recent interview with the guardian about being a black singer.
according to her,
you can only be successful if you’re “beyonce” or “rihanna”.
this is her exact quote from the article…
She is also calling bullshit on the idea, perpetuated recently by warring Twitter fan-tribes, that there’s only room for a couple of successful black female artists at any given time. “Recently, my cousin was with a friend of a friend, who was in high school, and she was like: ‘I’m a fan of Kehlani,’ but in a way that was like, ‘So I can’t be a fan of Tinashe, too.’ Then my friend posed the question, ‘Why not be a fan of both?’ It’s kind of like sport; people feel like they have to pick a side.” Suddenly she springs forward, her default laid-back demeanour temporarily out of the window. “There are hundreds of [male] rappers that all look the same, that sound the same, but if you’re a black woman, you’re either Beyoncé or Rihanna. It’s very, very strange.”
Ciara – another all-round performer with a handful of stone-cold bangers – has suffered similarly through comparison, I suggest. “I’d agree,” she nods. “It felt like they almost had to sacrifice someone because there wasn’t enough room, which isn’t true. Ciara’s an amazing artist, Beyoncé’s an amazing artist, Rihanna’s an amazing artist, and they’re all very different!”
you know what i find funny?
with white female vixens who sing,
all the indie singers full of angst
they have a ton to choose from.
i find that ridiculous.
back in the other eras,
it was a variety of black female singers to choose from.
they were all different and had a unique vibes.
i liked it.
i’ll be honest with the foxhole:
I BARELY listen to Beyonce or Rihanna
i love both,
and sometimes you’ll catch me having a binge of one of their songs/albums,
but i’m usually listening to:
i’m heavy on listening to new music.
i love the spotify playlists because they help me discover new shit.
…or i’m taking a trip back in time:
i will say tinashe’s problem is she is trying too hard.
it doesn’t come off effortless.
i can’t get into her for whatever reason.
i only like this song heavy:
…but she is missing something.
i’m sure she will pop for me eventually,
i’m not convinced yet.
lowkey: i can’t wait to check out this sza album.
article cc: guardian