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Tink (musician)

Background information
Birth name Trinity Home
Born (1995-03-15) March 15, 1995
Calumet City, Illinois, U.S.
Origin Calumet City, Illinois, U.S.
  • Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Associated acts
Website Official Website

Trinity Home (born March 15, 1995),[1] better known by her stage name Tink, is an American rapper and singer-songwriter. Since 2012, she has released six mixtapes and is due to release her debut studio album in 2015. The album is set to be released on the Mosley Music Group label, an imprint of Epic Records run by producer, Timbaland.[2] 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.[3][4]

She was also chosen as part of the XXL 2015 Freshman Class.[5]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Musical style 3
  • Discography 4
    • Studio albums 4.1
    • Mixtapes 4.2
    • Singles 4.3
      • As lead artist 4.3.1
      • As featured artist 4.3.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

Trinity Home was born on March 15, 1995 in Calumet City, Illinois.[1] Her mother, Renae, a gospel singer, and her father, Thomas, a record producer, met in Chicago where they were postal workers.[2][6] Home was nicknamed Tink by friends in elementary school and she has used the name ever since.[2][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[2] 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.[2][8]


Tink's career officially began with the release of her 2012'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, California. 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.[3][4] In 2014, Tink performed alongside with 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. Her debut studio album has been scheduled to be released in 2015[2][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]

Musical style

Tink has been compared to Lauryn Hill, Ms. Jade and Da Brat.[2][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."[2]

Much of the lyrical content in her music deals with complex emotional issues[2] 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.[2][12]


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Think Tink To be released


List of mixtapes
Title Album details
Winter's Diary[24]
  • Released: March 14, 2012
  • Label: self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Alter Ego[25]
  • Released: July 20, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Blunts & Ballads[26]
  • Released: December 28, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Boss Up[27]
  • Released: September 30, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Winter's Diary 2: Forever Yours[28]
  • Released: January 10, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Winter's Diary 3[28]
  • Released: July 30, 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download


As lead artist

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


"Ratchet Commandments"A 2015 Think Tink
"Million" 1 41
"I Like" Winter's Diary 3
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.
  • ACurrent single.

As featured artist

List of singles as featured performer, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"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


  1. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Tink - Biography".  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Wortham, Jenna (February 17, 2015). "Meet Tink, A New Voice For Proudly Imperfect Women".  
  3. ^ a b "20 Best R&B Albums of 2014".  
  4. ^ a b Leight, Elias; Horowitz, Steven J. (December 11, 2014). "The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ "2015 XXL Freshman Class Revealed". June 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The New New: 15 Female Rappers You Should Know".  
  7. ^ Tietjen, Alexa (February 23, 2015). "Who The Hell Is... Tink?".  
  8. ^ a b Ramirez, Erika (March 28, 2013). "Tink Talks Chicago Rap Scene & Female Rappers; Premieres 'All That' Song".  
  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. 
  10. ^ a b Soldner, Anna (October 17, 2013). "Meet Tink, the Chicago Native Who Sings and Raps Better Than You Do". Bullett Media. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Get to know Tink, Chicago’s rising teen rap queen". The Mash. July 31, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d Stone, Zak (December 9, 2013). "Gen F: Tink". The Fader. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  13. ^ Kramer, Kyle (January 30, 2014). "'"Tink - 'Winter's Diary 2.  
  14. ^ a b c d "Introducing… Chicago newcomer Tink".  
  15. ^ a b c Lester, Paul (January 7, 2014). "Tink (New band of the day No 1,672)".  
  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).  
  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]".  
  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".  
  23. ^ "'"New Music: Tink – 'Million. Rap-Up. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  24. ^ "'Winter's Diary'".  
  25. ^ "'Alter Ego'". DatPiff. July 30, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  26. ^ "'Blunts & Ballads'". Live Mixtapes. January 28, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  27. ^ "'"Mixtape: Tink - 'Boss Up.  
  28. ^ a b "'Winter's Diary 2: Forever Yours'". DatPiff. January 10, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Tink on Twitter
  • Tink on Facebook
  • Tink at AllMusic
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