When it comes to having the Empire hookup, Tink is your girl. Not only is she Timbaland‘s hottest emerging artist (Timba executive produces Empire‘s music), Tink has also worked with Jim Beanz, the show’s music director. We spoke to Tink about Empire, and she gave us a little taste of what she knows about the much-awaited second season. Could she be appearing on the show?
Timbaland‘s protege and chosen one Tink is stirring up the music scene. She’s barely out of her teens, with a debut album on the way and a fresh track, “Ratchet Commandments,” under her belt. She’s re-inspiring music with her feminist outlook, tireless energy, and approachable nature, and more importantly, she’s bringing back the freestyle.
Timbaland played hit after hit last night during his SXSW performance, but the biggest highlight comes from his statement of Aaliyah visiting him in a dream. It happened right after he brought out his rising protege rapper Tink to play a few songs including Aaliyah’s “One in a Million.”
After he stated, “I don’t touch any of my sister’s records. I don’t touch Baby Girl’s records—you know that’s Aaliyah. Then he went on to say, “She spoke to me in my sleep and said, ‘She’s [Tink] the one.’”
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This might sound familiar, because it is. Kanye West had a similar dream recently, but including his mother Donda West who spoke to him while writing “Only One.”
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The final episode of Empire‘s first season airs tonight. While we wait to see what goes down in the two-hour finale, relive the top musical moments from the first season so far, including V. Bozeman‘s “What Is Love,” “Drip Drop,” and Jennifer Hudson‘s “Remember The Music.”
Rick Ross just dropped the visuals for “Movin’ Bass,” off his second 2014 album Hood Billionaire. The original version of the song features Jay Z, though Timbaland released a version that features emerging female rapper Tink.
Empire‘s music director had no idea the show’s soundtrack would be such a hit, but he considers the wide reception of it all a blessing. Jim Beanz, who also appears as Titan on the show, has been working with Timbaland, Empire’s executive music producer, for a decade, and he’s the genius behind the show’s hit song “Drip Drop.”
The world has been dancing to the beat of Timbalanda‘s drum for two decades now. The Virginia native’s distinctive production style has been the musical backdrop for a laundry list of acts, including himself.
Timbaland‘s newest protege is making a name for herself, and she’s doing it by taking the road less traveled. Tink, unlike many aspiring female rappers today, doesn’t want to be the next Nicki Minaj. She just wants to make good music that will put radio filler songs to shame.
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While drastic weight loss for an upcoming role is common in television and movies, the music industry has witnessed its share of body transformations by chart-topping performers. For some, shedding pounds and adding muscle is gradual–or strongly related the a sudden influx of hormones (hello, puberty) they’ve been hit with. For others, the conscious decision to go for the bulge comes later, leaving us stunned by their shocking new looks.