Lilian Min
September 03, 2016 12:18 pm
Tinashe / RCA Records

While most of the songs off of Rihanna’s Anti masterpiece are moody love and sex meditations, her bonus track “Sex With Me” is a straight banger — cheeky, chock full of bravado, all set over a biting beat. And now, rising R&B star Tinashe’s put her own spin on the song, setting it over a gentler beat but with no less lyrical snap:

There’s a little history between Rihanna and Tinashe — the latter’s sophomore album Joyride keeps getting pushed back, even though the singer’s shown a considerable amount of range with bubblegum pop singles (“Superlove“) and moodier cuts with rap world heavyweights (“Ride of Your Life“). However, the titular song from the album, “Joyride,” was written by two of Rihanna’s longtime collaborators, and RiRi even reportedly recorded her own version of the tune. So, it’s a curious choice for Tinashe to now turn around and record what seems to be an unofficial remix/rewrite for one of Rih’s tunes.

The most obvious change is in the chorus; where Rih goes, “Sex with me, so amazing,” Tinashe goes, “Sex with me, so exclusive.” From there, she goes into similarly just shy of explicit detail, which is best listened to rather than written down. Pour yourself some water, and listen up.

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