Over the past decade, Tinashe has broken through the pop charts, the dance charts, the R&B charts, and the hip-hop charts. Some might call her sound “alternative R&B,” but she sees it as a blend of multiple musical stylings, with inspiration taken from the likes of Janet Jackson and Britney Spears. The musician has had her ups and downs—she signed with the label RCA at 20 years old, and left after feeling like the executives there couldn’t see her vision. She’d go on to release two albums, both of which received critical acclaim, independently from the traditional label structure. Four mixtapes and five studio albums later, the now 29-year-old is finally feeling free enough to call her own shots and defy categorization.