Introducing Tink, Your Rap&B Queen of 2016
Chicago native Tink may have just turned twenty, but girl has already got her eyes on the throne. Equally at home with confessional R&B and dexterous rap, her real genius comes in her ability to marry the two in a genre she like to call Rap&B. And if you won’t take our word for it, maybe you’ll take Timbaland’s. With close to 100 hit songs under his belt, if there’s one thing Timbaland knows it’s who has what it takes to make a splash, and boy is already telling everybody that will listen that Tink is the one. With five self-released mixtapes under her belt and a debut album coming out later this year, Tink makes being the new girl in town look like a walk in the park in springtime.
For all of her visions of grandeur, at the end of the day, Tink, born Trinity Home, is just another millennial trying to grow up the best that she can in an age of social media, selflies, and societal unrest. Although her earliest mixtapes found her stunting and posing like a badass Drill bitch, as she grew up, like all young teenagers, one day Tink woke up and realized that she wasn’t really the girl she was pretending to be. Making “a conscious break from the scene,” Tink began creating music mined from her personal experiences, rapping and singing about “bad relationships, molestation, racism, and not feeling pretty.” If it wasn’t real, it wouldn’t be coming out of her mouth anymore.
At an age where most of us are still struggling to find our voice and make our opinions heard, Tink has no problem finding the words to advocate for the causes nearest and dearest to her heart. In an interview with Kyle Kramer for Noisey last year, Tink called out the superficiality of rap with no ‘deeper message than just “turn up in the club,”‘ and feels that as a female, in a genre where degrading women is the norm, it’s her responsibility to make empowering music that speaks to the reality of being female. She’s been similarly outspoken when it comes to the police climate in this country, as her track ‘Tell the Children’, released the morning after a St. Louis County grand jury failed to press charges against Officer Darren Wilson, makes undeniably clear.
At the end of the day, Tink doesn’t just want to be the hottest female rapper, she wants to be the hottest rapper – period. She’s political, she’s personal, she spits, she sings, she’s articulate, she’s empowering, and she’s just getting started. While it’s impossible to predict how her future will pan out, one thing’s for sure: girl is coming after Nicki’s throne.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, girl.