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.
WHO is Tink?
Nineteen-year-old Trinity Home, a.k.a. Tink, is from Calumet City in the suburbs of Chicago. She started singing as a young girl and was songwriting at the age of 12. She goes by the name of Tink, a childhood nickname her friends gave her that she started using when she began freestyling. According to her interview with XXL, Tink didn’t always want to be an artist, and used to dream of hosting a radio show. Tink caught the attention of Timbaland when his interns were producing her track “Don’t Tell Nobody” featuring Jeremih. The song sparked Timbaland’s interest, and the Mosley Music Group head took the young artist under his wing.
Listen to Tink’s “Don’t Tell Nobody” featuring Jeremih below.
WHAT is her album?
Tink paired up with Timbaland and Empire music director Jim Beanz on her debut album, which is due out this year. She released three mixtapes — Winter’s Diary, Alter Ego, and Blunts and Ballads — in 2012, another called Boss Up in 2013, and Winter’s Diary 2 in 2014. That same year, Tink collaborated with Jeremih, Kelela, Sleigh Bells, Charlamagne Tha God, and Future Brown.
“Around The Clock” by Tink featuring Charlamagne Tha God.
“That Did It” by Sleigh Bells featuring Tink
WHERE have you seen her before?
Trinity. A photo posted by Tink (@official__tink) on Sep 23, 2014 at 8:27pm PDT
Perhaps you saw Tink perform at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY this past November. Or maybe you caught her feature in V Magazine’s most recent Music Issue. She’s previously been picked up by publications such as XXL, The Fader, Billboard, Complex, and us, but chances are that if you’re not deep into underground hip-hop, you haven’t seen already seen her.
WHEN can you see her live?
Tink has been playing concerts here and there, the most recent one being this past weekend in Chicago. Perhaps a tour is in store for the young rapper when she drops her debut album.
WHY should you care?
A photo posted by Tink (@official__tink) on Sep 25, 2014 at 3:20pm PDT
Tink isn’t trying to be the ideal pop star. “I’m brown. I don’t have a big ass. My lips are full. I’m not the ideal pop star, not what you see on TV,” Tink told Fader. “I look like your best friend.”
Tink has been hard at work with notable names in the music industry, and it’s only a matter of time before the spunky artist blows up. Let her music speak for itself, and remember: It only took one song for Timbaland to jump on board. One song ought to be enough for you to start thinking Tink.