If you, like most, caught wind of Tinashe when she released her DJ Mustard-produced banger "2 On" back in 2014, that's fine, but you should know that the singer/songwriter/producer/dancer has been grinding her whole life. She began acting when she was just 7 years old and released her first mixtape, In Case We Die, when she was 19. Since then she's dropped three more mixtapes (mostly produced and written by her) and an excellent debut album. There are very few people her age in the music industry who are as prepared to become a superstar as Tinashe. Everything she and her family have sacrificed to get to this point has been in the service of her becoming a major success.

In order to make the leap from critical darling to household name, Tinashe has been hard at work on her second studio album, Joyride. The 22-year-old enlisted pop music's biggest Svengalis: Max Martin and Dr. Luke to help her reach the heights her contemporaries have already cleared. There's no doubt that Tinashe is capable of having a long and fruitful career, but first she will need this album to blow. We sent Deputy Editor Ross Scarano to her family home to see what it is that's driving the young star and how she's dealing with, and preparing for, what seems like inevitable fame and fortune. Meanwhile, photographer Sarah McColgan shot what may be the most alluring photos of her young career. This is what success looks like.

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