Trinity Home (born March 18, 1995), better known by her stage name Tink, is an American rapper, musician and singer-songwriter. Since 2012, she has released six mixtapes and is due to release her debut studio album in 2016. The album is set to be released on the Mosley Music Group label, an imprint of Epic Records run by producer,Timbaland. Her 2014 mixtape, Winter’s Diary 2: Forever Yours, was featured as a top 10 R&Balbum in both Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines.
She was also chosen as part of the XXL 2015 Freshman Class.
Early life and education
Trinity Home was born on March 18, 1995 in Calumet City, Illinois. Home was nicknamed Tink by friends in elementary school and she has used the name ever since. Tink started singing in church when she was five years old and began writing songs at age 11, including some for her father’s friends. She attended high school at Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy where she participated in talent shows and joined the school choir.
She counted English as one of her favorite subjects because it helped her become a stronger writer.
She started rapping and recording music in her father’s basement studio at the age of 15. At age 16, she and her brother posted a clip of her freestyling over Clipse’s “Grindin'” to Facebook and received local buzz.
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. .
In 2012, she followed that up with two more mixtape releases Alter Ego and Blunts & Ballads.
In 2013, she released her fourth mixtape, Boss Up, and she was featured on Future Brown’s debut single “Wanna Party”.
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.
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.
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. She also collaborated with Kelela on a song, titled “Want It” and collaborated with Jeremih on a song, titled “Don’t Tell Nobody”.
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. Her debut studio album was released in 2015 and was preceded by the single “Ratchet Commandments”. 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”. In April 2015, the unreleased track, now entitled “Million”, was released.
Tink has been compared to Lauryn Hill, Ms. Jade and Da Brat. 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. 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.”
Much of the lyrical content in her music deals with complex emotional issues 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.[
Tink has been praised for her storytelling ability. Her music has also taken on issues like female empowerment and the Black Lives Matter movement.