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Tink Rapper
Trinity Laure'Ale Home
Born (1995-03-18) March 18, 1995 (age 22)[1]
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
Website thisistink.com

Trinity Home (born March 18, 1995), better known by her stage name Tink, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Since 2012, she has released seven mixtapes and is due to release her debut studio album in 2018. The album is set to be released on the Mosley Music Group label run by producer, Timbaland. 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

Trinity Home was born on March 18, 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]

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. Her debut studio album has 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]

After postponing her debut album "Think Tink" Tink released her third mixtape in the Winter's Diary series called "Winter's Diary 3" 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.

Musical style

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]


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Rap
ThinkTINK To be released


List of mixtapes
Title Album details
Winter's Diary[24]
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
Winter's Diary 4[29]
  • Released: August 25, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download


List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
TBA [30]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Label: Mosley Music Group
  • 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



"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 -- -- -- -- Think Tink
"Million" 14 38 -- --
"I Like" -- -- -- -- Winter's Diary 3
"H20" -- -- -- --
"Wet Dollars"
(featuring Tazer)
-- -- -- 33[32] Non-album single
"Modern Wave" 2016 -- -- -- -- Winter's Diary 4
"Stay On It"
(featuring Lil Durk)
-- -- -- --
"Commitment" -- -- -- -- Non-album single
(with My Digital Enemys)
2017 -- -- -- -- Think Tink
"Breakin' Me" 2018 -- -- -- --
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart.

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
(Bekoe featuring Moneydudetazo and Tink)
-- -- Illanoize
(Timbaland featuring Future and Tink)
-- -- Non-album single
"Rock Steady"
(Paris Libretto featuring Tink)
-- --
(G Herbo featuring Tink)
2017 -- -- Humble Beast

Guest appearances

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


  1. ^ Home, Trinity. "Tweet by Tink". Twitter. Tweet. Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "20 Best R&B Albums of 2014". Rolling Stone. December 15, 2014. Retrieved 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Leight, Elias; Horowitz, Steven J. (December 11, 2014). "The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 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 2016. 
  6. ^ "The New New: 15 Female Rappers You Should Know". XXL. December 2, 2013. Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ Tietjen, Alexa (February 23, 2015). "Who The Hell Is... Tink?". VH1. Retrieved 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Ramirez, Erika (March 28, 2013). "Tink Talks Chicago Rap Scene & Female Rappers; Premieres 'All That' Song". Billboard. Retrieved 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Droppo, Dana (January 21, 2014). "Interview: Tink Talks About Rapping, Singing and the New Voices of Chicago". Complex. Retrieved 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 2015. 
  11. ^ "Get to know Tink, Chicago's rising teen rap queen". The Mash. July 31, 2012. Retrieved 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c d Stone, Zak (December 9, 2013). "Gen F: Tink". The Fader. Retrieved 2015. 
  13. ^ Kramer, Kyle (January 30, 2014). "Tink - 'Winter's Diary 2'". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Introducing... Chicago newcomer Tink". Fact. October 6, 2013. Retrieved 2015. 
  15. ^ a b c Lester, Paul (January 7, 2014). "Tink (New band of the day No 1,672)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015. 
  16. ^ Ortiz, Edwin (August 2, 2013). "Premiere: Future Brown f/ Tink - 'Wanna Party'". Complex. Retrieved 2015. 
  17. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (November 18, 2014). "Hear Sleigh Bells' Fiery Collaboration With Chicago Rapper Tink". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015. 
  18. ^ Garvey, Meaghan (April 29, 2014). "Stream: Tink f. Jeremih, "Don't Tell Nobody (Final)"". The Fader. Retrieved 2015. 
  19. ^ Garvey, Meaghan (November 23, 2014). "Get Hip to Tink's Best Songs Before Her Debut Album Drops Next Year". Complex. Retrieved 2015. 
  20. ^ Zonyee, Dominique (March 4, 2015). "Tink Performs 'Ratchet Commandments' With Timbaland in Chicago [VIDEO]". The Boombox. Retrieved 2015. 
  21. ^ Torres, Eric (March 4, 2015). "Tink - 'Ratchet Commandments'". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2015. 
  22. ^ "Timbaland Was Tink's Hype Man at the FADER FORT Presented by Converse Tonight". The Fader. March 21, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  23. ^ "New Music: Tink - 'Million'". Rap-Up. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ "'Winter's Diary'". DatPiff. March 14, 2012. Retrieved 2015. 
  25. ^ "'Alter Ego'". DatPiff. July 30, 2012. Retrieved 2015. 
  26. ^ "'Blunts & Ballads'". Live Mixtapes. January 28, 2013. Retrieved 2015. 
  27. ^ "Mixtape: Tink - 'Boss Up'". Complex. September 30, 2013. Retrieved 2015. 
  28. ^ a b "'Winter's Diary 2: Forever Yours'". DatPiff. January 10, 2014. Retrieved 2015. 
  29. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/tink-winters-diary-4-new-mixtape.116527.html
  30. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&persist_app=1&noapp=1&v=60wppnqns5U
  31. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/6327877/tink/chart?f=367
  32. ^ http://www.billboard.com/biz/search/charts?f0=ss_chart_search_title%3A'Wet%20Dollars'&f1=itm_field_chart_id%3A1234&refine=1

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