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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

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