Tink (musician)

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Tink
Tink at NXNE June 18, 2015.jpg
Tink performing at NXNE on June 18, 2015
Background information
Birth nameTrinity Laure'Ale Home
Born (1995-03-15) March 15, 1995 (age 24)[1]
Calumet City, Illinois
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active2011–present
Labels
Associated actsTimbaland
Websitethisistink.com

Trinity Laure'Ale Home (born March 15, 1995), better known by her stage name Tink, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. She is best known for the single "Treat Me Like Somebody" and for the collaboration with singer and producer Jeremih on "Don't Tell Nobody." Since 2012, she has released seven mixtapes and has gone independent due to label issues regarding the release of her debut album. Her 2014 mixtape, Winter's Diary 2: Forever Yours, was featured as a top 10 R&B album in both Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines.[2][3]

She was also chosen as part of the XXL 2015 Freshman Class.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Trinity Home was born on March 15, 1995, in Calumet City, Illinois.[5][6] Home was nicknamed Tink by friends in elementary school and she has used the name ever since.[5][7] Tink started singing in church when she was five years old[8][9] and began writing songs at age 11, including some for her father's friends.[10] She attended high school at Chicago's Simeon Career Academy where she participated in talent shows[5] and joined the school choir.[9] She counted English as one of her favorite subjects because it helped her become a stronger writer.[11] She started rapping and recording music in her father's basement studio at the age of 15.[12] At age 16, she and her brother posted a clip of her freestyling over Clipse's "Grindin'" to Facebook and received local buzz.[5][8]

Career[edit]

2011–2014: Winter’s Diary 2 & Timbaland[edit]

Tink's career officially began with the release of her 2011's mixtape, Winter's Diary, while she was still in high school under Lyrical Eyes Management.[13] In 2012, she followed that up with two more mixtape releases Alter Ego and Blunts & Ballads.[14][15] In 2013, she released her fourth mixtape, Boss Up, and she was featured on Future Brown's debut single "Wanna Party".[16] In 2013, the buzz surrounding her mixtape releases and her collaboration with Future Brown, which led her to have a meeting with record executives in Los Angeles. At the time, Tink noted that she was comfortable staying independent.[14]

Tink's next mixtape, Winter's Diary 2: Forever Yours, which was named the eighth-best R&B album of 2014 by Rolling Stone and the ninth-best R&B album of 2014 by Billboard.[2][3] In 2014, Tink performed alongside Sleigh Bells at South by Southwest (SXSW), and the acts released a joint single, "That Did It," on the same year.[17] She also collaborated with Kelela on a song, titled "Want It" and collaborated with Jeremih on a song, titled "Don't Tell Nobody".[18] In October 2014, Tink signed a deal with Timbaland's Mosley Music Group, an imprint of Epic Records. Tink appeared in the Worldstar Hip Hop documentary showcasing Chicago's burgeoning Hip Hop scene entitled "The Field: Chicago" in January 2014.

2014–2017: ThinkTink & label issues[edit]

Her debut studio album had been scheduled to be released in 2015[5][19] and was preceded by the single "Ratchet Commandments".[20][21] Timbaland made headlines in 2015 by indicating at SXSW that Aaliyah had appeared to him and described Tink as "the one." Tink would later perform an unreleased track that samples Aaliyah's "One in a Million".[22] In April 2015, the unreleased track, now entitled "Million", was released.[23]

Epic scheduled a July 2015 release for Think Tink but Timbaland decided to delay the project. “The album was actually finished. There was an intro, I had interludes.” Tink told the FADER in February 2018. “It was [Timbaland’s] call to hold back on it, and I think, I want to say, for the benefit of the doubt, he did want to perfect it. But it was Tim's call not to put it out.”[24] Frustrated by Mosley and Epic’s resistance to letting her share new material with her fans, Tink returned to the formula that had initially earned her a loyal following, and released her third mixtape in the Winter's Diary series called Winter's Diary 3[25] which featured one of her most famous songs to date named "I Like".

In 2016, Tink released several tracks throughout the beginning of the year and dropped her seventh mixtape named Winter's Diary 4. The mixtape was mentioned on Rolling Stone's "40 Best Rap Albums of 2016" and ended up on number 20.

In 2017, Tink released few songs and had a six month long social media break, the reason for which would later become clear. In a February 2017 interview, Tink told DJ Vlad that she hadn’t spoken to Timbaland in three months and said that the ball was still in his court when it came to releasing Think Tink. That spring, she began to seek a permanent solution that would get her out of her contract with Mosley, eventually reaching an agreement with the label at the end of the year with the rights to her unreleased music. Tink is now an independent artist. She does not have any interest in releasing any of her songs with Timbaland as she wants to start from scratch.[24]

2018–present: Independence & Pain & Pleasure[edit]

In January 2018, Tink’s mixtape catalog appeared on all streaming services. After leaving all the label troubles behind by leaving Mosley Music Group and Epic Records, Tink is releasing her first Extended Play Pain & Pleasure in March 2018 through Machine Entertainment Group & Sony RED.

On April 28, 2019, Tink released her new mixtape Voicemails, under Empire. The lead single was Bad Side.

Musical style[edit]

Tink has been compared to Lauryn Hill, Ms. Jade and Da Brat.[5][12][15] Her first mixtape, Winter's Diary, was largely filled with R&B ballads, but her second mixtape, Alter Ego, established her rapping skills. Her subsequent mixtapes have blended her R&B and rap styles.[14][15] Tink has also been loosely associated with the Drill movement that was birthed in Chicago. Some of her early songs (like "Bad Girl") display some of the genre's hallmarks like aggressive beats and violent lyrics. She has since distanced herself from that movement, saying that she wants to become "a positive, realistic vision of female empowerment."[5]

Much of the lyrical content in her music deals with complex emotional issues[5] that are geared toward a primarily teenage demographic. She often uses a Chicago setting to convey her feelings about love, heartbreak, faithfulness, and teenage melodrama.[10][12] Tink has been praised for her storytelling ability.[14] Her music has also taken on issues like female empowerment and the Black Lives Matter movement.[5][12]

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes
Title Album details
Winter's Diary[26]
  • Released: March 14, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Download
Alter Ego[27]
  • Released: July 20, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Download
Blunts & Ballads[28]
  • Released: December 28, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Download
Boss Up[29]
  • Released: September 30, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Download
Winter's Diary 2: Forever Yours[30]
  • Released: January 10, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Download
Winter's Diary 3[30]
  • Released: July 30, 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Download
Winter's Diary 4[31]
  • Released: August 25, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Download
Voicemails[32]
  • Released: April 28, 2019
  • Label: Winter's Diary/ WD Records, EMPIRE
  • Format: Download

Extended plays[edit]

List of Extended plays
Title EP details
Pain & Pleasure[33]
  • Released: March 30, 2018
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Download

Miscellaneous[edit]

List of miscellaneous albums
Title Album details
ThinkTink

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Bub.

US
R&B/HH

[34]
US
Rap

US
Elec
"Treat Me Like Somebody" 2014 Winter's Diary 2: Forever Yours
"Lullaby"
"Around the Clock"
(featuring Charlamagne Tha God)
Non-album single
"Ratchet Commandments" 2015
"Million" 14 38
"I Like" Winter's Diary 3
"H20"
"Wet Dollars"
(featuring Tazer)
33[35] Non-album single
"Modern Wave" 2016 Winter's Diary 4
"Stay On It"
(featuring Lil Durk)
"Clocks"
(with My Digital Enemys)
Non-album singles
"Commitment"
"Breakin' Me" 2018
"Get You Home" Pain & Pleasure
"M.I.A."
"Different" Voicemails
"Falling In Love" 2019
"Bad Side"
"Ride It"
(featuring Dej Loaf)
"I Need Ur Love"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured performer, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
R&B/HH
US
Rap
"Wanna Party"
(Future Brown featuring Tink)
2013 Wanna Party / World's Mine
"That Did It"
(Sleigh Bells featuring Tink)
2014 Non-album single
"Can't Sleep Love"
(Pentatonix featuring Tink)
2015 Pentatonix
"Work"
(Bekoe featuring Moneydudetazo and Tink)
Illanoize
"UFO"
(Timbaland featuring Future and Tink)
Non-album single
"Rock Steady"
(Paris Libretto featuring Tink)
"Outta Line"
(Jacquees featuring Tink)
2016
"Mine"
(G Herbo featuring Tink)
2017 Humble Beast
"G.M.O. (Got My Own)" (Mýa featuring Tink) 2018 TBA

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Put The Guns Down" 2015 R. Kelly Chi-Raq (Soundtrack)
"Frenemies" Timbaland, Sy Ari Da Kid King Stays King
"Tables Turn" Timbaland, Obsessed
"Drama Queen" Timbaland
"If He Find Out" Lil Bibby, Jacquees Free Crack 3
"All Falls Down" 2016 Chocolate Droppa Kevin Hart: What Now? (The Mixtape Presents Chocolate Droppa)
"Senses" 2017 Mack Wilds AfterHours

References[edit]

  1. ^ Home, Trinity. "Tweet by Tink". Twitter. Tweet. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "20 Best R&B Albums of 2014". Rolling Stone. December 15, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Leight, Elias; Horowitz, Steven J. (December 11, 2014). "The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "2015 XXL Freshman Class Revealed". BallerStatus.com. June 3, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Wortham, Jenna (February 17, 2015). "Meet Tink, A New Voice For Proudly Imperfect Women". The FADER. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "The New New: 15 Female Rappers You Should Know". XXL. December 2, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Tietjen, Alexa (February 23, 2015). "Who The Hell Is... Tink?". VH1. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
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  9. ^ a b Droppo, Dana (January 21, 2014). "Interview: Tink Talks About Rapping, Singing and the New Voices of Chicago". Complex. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
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  11. ^ "Get to know Tink, Chicago's rising teen rap queen". The Mash. July 31, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
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  13. ^ Kramer, Kyle (January 30, 2014). "Tink – 'Winter's Diary 2'". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  14. ^ a b c d "Introducing... Chicago newcomer Tink". Fact. October 6, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  15. ^ a b c Lester, Paul (January 7, 2014). "Tink (New band of the day No 1,672)". The Guardian. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  16. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (August 2, 2013). "Premiere: Future Brown f/ Tink – 'Wanna Party'". Complex. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  17. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (November 18, 2014). "Hear Sleigh Bells' Fiery Collaboration With Chicago Rapper Tink". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  18. ^ Garvey, Meaghan (April 29, 2014). "Stream: Tink f. Jeremih, "Don't Tell Nobody (Final)"". The Fader. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  19. ^ Garvey, Meaghan (November 23, 2014). "Get Hip to Tink's Best Songs Before Her Debut Album Drops Next Year". Complex. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  20. ^ Zonyee, Dominique (March 4, 2015). "Tink Performs 'Ratchet Commandments' With Timbaland in Chicago [VIDEO]". The Boombox. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  21. ^ Torres, Eric (March 4, 2015). "Tink – 'Ratchet Commandments'". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  22. ^ "Timbaland Was Tink's Hype Man at the FADER FORT Presented by Converse Tonight". The Fader. March 21, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  23. ^ "New Music: Tink – 'Million'". Rap-Up. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  24. ^ a b https://www.thefader.com/2018/02/27/tink-timbaland-mosley-epic-released-deal-interview
  25. ^ https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/tink-winters-diary-3-new-mixtape.115949.html
  26. ^ "'Winter's Diary'". DatPiff. March 14, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  27. ^ "'Alter Ego'". DatPiff. July 30, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  28. ^ "'Blunts & Ballads'". Live Mixtapes. January 28, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  29. ^ "Mixtape: Tink – 'Boss Up'". Complex. September 30, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  30. ^ a b "'Winter's Diary 2: Forever Yours'". DatPiff. January 10, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  31. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/tink-winters-diary-4-new-mixtape.116527.html
  32. ^ "Tink Releases New Mixtape Voicemails: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  33. ^ "Tink announces Pain & Pleasure EP". The FADER. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  34. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6327877/tink/chart?f=367
  35. ^ http://www.billboard.com/biz/search/charts?f0=ss_chart_search_title%3A%22Wet%20Dollars%22&f1=itm_field_chart_id%3A1234&refine=1

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