Tinashe Feat. A$AP Rocky, “Pretend (Prod. by Detail)”

Claire Lobenfeld

By Claire Lobenfeld

on 08.26.14 in Listen to This

Detroit producer Detail’s talent not only lies in the expansive quality of his beats, but his ability to bring out a wide range of emotions in the artists he works with. Some of his most notable work has his collaborators expressing themselves in a way that could almost be considered fan service. With Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love,” we were given a window into her and Jay Z’s d’Ussé-and-watahmelon-fueled intimacy and one of pop music’s greatest catchphrases in recent memory. (And, let’s be real, between “surfboard” and “eat the cake, Anna Mae,” we have an insane glimpse into how those two get down.) Detail also provided Nicki Minaj with a place to soundtrack her most misandrist missives to-date on servere-kick-to-the-scrotum cut “Lookin’ Ass.” He’s given us something new with Tinashe, too. The L.A. R&B pop star-in-the-making may have a ton of self-crafted mixtapes under her belt, but she’s best known right now for her get-faded, get-paid Schoolboy Q collab “2 On” (produced by DJ Mustard). Detail guides her into soft-spoken territory with “Pretend.” On the track, Tinashe runs through a tormented list of conditions — “let’s pretend we’ve never met”; “let’s pretend you never lied”; “let’s pretend it’s my first time” — while desperately beseeching someone for one more shot. It’s a song that’s going to mean a lot to people who “never learn” and a kick in the gut for anyone who’s been there before. Bonus points for A$AP Rocky, on guest verse duties, adorably rhyming “besties” with “exies.”

Tinashe’s debut full-length Aquarius is out October 7. Watch the trailer for the album here.