By: Niyah Nel
For the past 5 years, female rap has been represented almost solely by the likes of Nicki Minaj–not to say that Young Money’s First Lady doesn’t hold it down, but why hasn’t anyone else stepped up to assume throne?
Late last year, Timbaland came across a sound so vintage that it takes you back to a period in time of Hip-Hop we all like to refer to as “The Golden Age”. This era laid the foundation for what the culture has evolved into today. Real-life experiences, originality, & flavor are the key elements of what truly created this sound–it was the voice of the people.. the voice of the culture.
Rick Ross recuited Jay-Z for his latest LP release, Hood Billionaire, & got people out of their seats yet again by bringing together two of Hip-Hop’s most influential figures to produce something pivotal to the masses. Of course spectators had much to say; some loved it, some hated it, some thought the beat was crazy, and some were hoping to hear more from HOV. Nevertheless, it got the people talking & geared Ross up properly for his album run.
That record set the pace, but the industry went into a frenzy after Timb leaked another version of the record to Power 105.1’s “The BreakFast Club”, this time in its original form provided by Mosley Music Group’s latest sensation, Tink. EVERYONE had something to say after hearing this cut. Who is Tink? What is Timbaland up to?
Needless to say, Tink is what the game’s been missing. Aaliyah assured Timbaland of this in his dreams, as we learned during their recent performance at FADER Fort during SXSW. Since releasing the original version of Movin’ Bass, Tink has followed up with two incredible records that solidify the facts–this young femcee is on to something undeniable.
This past weekend, Tink graced the main stage at Washington D.C.’s third annual “Broccoli City Festival”, which is an urban celebration of Earth Day. She performed previous hits such as Treat Me Like Sombody, which is a fan favorite, as well as her two new singles, Around The Clock featuring Charlamagne Tha God & Ratchet Commandments. If you didn’t get the chance to make it to the festival to catch Tink’s set, check out some of the footage caught from the show below. She gets down.
Tink’s debut album will prevail sooner than you think, so keep watching!