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Tangina Stone

The world of Tangina Stone; press photo courtesy of the artist.

The world of Tangina Stone; press photo courtesy of the artist.

Get elevated with the meditative worlds of escapism & more from Tangina Stone who shares her single “Ride Off” produced by CJ THE GREAT with a guest appearance from Harlem’s own Crystal Caines. Featured on the artist’s album ELEVATE featuring a wealth of collaborators TBD; Tangina here tackles the truths & perseverance that occur when a significant other goes through a time of intense & indescribable loss.

Tangina Stone draws heavily on how the the loss of her fiancée’s father affected both her & other half’s relationship, where the chorus reiterations of “run away” illustrate the impulses that occur during times of great mourning & grief that present great cause to dash & hide somewhere/anywhere else. Stone contrasts the complications of feelings involved in these particular scenarios where CJ’s production further highlights the solemn emotive framework involved. C. Caines provides further exposition on the intricacies of things, while TS keeps the track poised in stature & jogging forward at a hopeful & determined pace like the video image of track & field sprinters running in slow motion.

Tangina shared some exclusive words with us, meditating on the catharsis of making “Ride Off” & the sentiments of elevation that informed her ELEVATE album:

I have so much to say about “Ride Off.” It was an extremely cathartic experience to write it because it focuses on a very touchy time in my life and in my relationship. Writing the song helped me along with a healing process. Two years ago, I would not have been able to talk about the subject that I am focusing on in the song. In the first verse I reveal a lot about a rough time in my relationship. We were both hurt, and both going through so much emotionally. As a result, we hurt each other often. It took some time, but we learned to forgive and be grateful for each other. We learned to help mend each other’s wounds and not to re-hash them.

This song relates to my album’s concept of elevation because I feel like learning to care for myself and my partner in the way that I do today is huge. I’ve grown and I’ve elevated. Self-care is fucking radical. My process of growth and elevation has so much to do with self-care, and learning to care and really express my feelings for others. It is the biggest part of my journey as a young, black, woman.

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