Player

Album: Single release only (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • This dance-infused, club-ready banger finds Tinashe singing of looking for a lover, who is a player. Chris Brown answers her call with a couple of explicit half-rapped verses.
  • A player is a guy who sustains supposedly exclusive relationships with multiple girls. The term is likely derived from the phrase "playing the field" and was popularized in the American black community in the 1970s.
  • The song was written by Tinashe herself, alongside Chloe Angelides, who was also behind Nicki Minaj's Pinkprint duet with Ariana Grande, "Get on Your Knees."

    The spacey production was supplied by Lukas "Lulou" Loules (Carly Rae Jepsen) and Alexander "Alex Purple" Kronlund (Demi Lovato).
  • The Emil Nava-directed video is a video game where Tinashe faces off against players in various rounds. She performs the tango, contemporary and hip-hop choreography in a series of dance-offs in order to get to her final round with Chris Brown. "I've seriously been dancing my whole life since I was 4, classically trained in all different styles like ballet, tap, jazz," Tinashe explained. "So it's fun for me to play with different styles of dance."
  • Tinashe said during a Joyride listening party that she still has more work to do in order for people to know who she really is. "I'm so excited about 'Player,' she said. "I have an issue with people who put me in boxes that I don't necessarily fit into. They put me in the pretty girl box… like it all came easy to me. [But] we have been grinding a long time to get to where we are."

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