TASHA THE AMAZON
When it’s your job to rile up an audience with crowd surfing and vodka spraying, messages of true love don’t always make it into the mix.
For Toronto rapper Tasha the Amazon, it’s not that the love rhymes don’t flow; it’s just that she’s not ready to experiment with them onstage yet.
“I’ve spent my entire life in love,” she says giddily, before revealing that she’s currently in a serious relationship. “I can fall in love in 15 minutes. I don’t put up walls or feel threatened by it.”
Tasha says that love songs in hip-hop are hard to come by because of the hardness and masculinity of the genre. “By and large, it’s a bunch of dudes pulling their dicks out and talking about how cool they are. Talking about love in my music is definitely something I’m trying to do more of,” she admits.
After the crowd goes home and the vodka-soaked floor is wiped clean, it’s her deep-meditation practice that helps her find the energy to do it all over again. “It’s about taking time to not be completely reactive,” she says. “Mindfulness helps me slow down and create space for myself.”
Her favourite love song: “It’s You,” Zayn