STAT BOX

  • Gov't Name: Trinity Home
  • Twitter: @Official_Tink
  • Instagram: @official__tink
  • Age: 20
  • Reppin: Chicago
  • Notable Releases: Singles: “Around the Clock,” “Ratchet Commandments”; Mixtapes: Winter’s Diary, Alter Ego and Winter’s Diary 2; Guest Appearances: Sleigh Bells’ “That Did It,” Future Brown’s “Room 302”
  • Label: Mosley/Epic
  • Currently Working On: Her debut album, Think Tink, due out July 2015
  • Surprised About Who Is Missing: “I would like to see [Lil] Herb on the cover. I think from a street perspective, Herb one of the realest.”
  • Influenced By: “Probably S.W.V. because I would mimic all the runs and you know, the notes they hit, I would really try to do that shit. Definitely S.W.V.”
  • As A Freshman In High School: “Freshman year I just had started rapping, so it helped me mingle with people because everybody wanted to know, 'Who the fuck is this girl rapping?' And being a Freshman, all the guys wanted to be around me, and it was cool. I would be trying to juggle doing my school work and then I’d get on the computer and write.”

TRUTH: On Being A 2015 XXL Freshman: “I don’t take it lightly. There’s been people on this cover that people slept on and maybe when [people] saw their face, they didn’t know who they were, but then three years after they became the biggest thing ever. Like Kendrick and Big Sean and Macklemore. I look at that as my motivation.

People may not know Tink right now and understand how great I am, but in a few years, it’ll all make sense. It’s almost like we’re telling the future. XXL is telling what’s going to happen. And, yeah, I’m in it. For me, it’s like a check mark. And being a female, it’s greater value for me. Just being a girl in this male-dominated industry, we already have to work 10 times harder. To be on this cover amongst all the guys, it’s like, ‘See? Me equal,' ya know?

Before I knew who was on the cover, I automatically knew I had to come strong. So for me, it was like, ‘Say some shit that will make people's eyes roll back in they head.’ They going to have to stop and hear what the fuck I’m talking about. What put me on it is the fact that I really can rap. Over the past few years there’s been females on the cover, but to be honest with you, a lot of females don’t really talk about shit. And it's like, don’t come here with that small-ass shit. My music is very authentic. I don’t want to step on toes, but a lot of female rappers don’t talk about shit. They don’t talk about issues or actual things that are really going on. And for me, I really do rap. I really take it serious. I’m not coming with a gimmick, or like, ‘Look at me, look at my image.’ It ain’t like that for me. So I think that had a lot to do with it.

My biggest takeaway from this shoot was, I just think the year is going to be so spontaneous. That was my biggest takeaway from it. There’s no guideline with this shit anymore. In a good way. You know, it’s just cool being able to be free with music. We got rappers that are singing and vice versa. There are opportunities that used to be unknown. There’s no boundaries with this shit no more.

When this comes out, I think people are just going to recognize how real and serious I take this shit. There’s so much more room for females in the game and every rapper doesn’t have to be a turn up rapper. Every artist isn’t going to make records that go straight to the club. There’s a lane for people who want to talk about serious shit and want to talk about deep issues. Real shit that’s going on. I want to take it back to when people were telling stories and talking about real situations that they went through. And for females, you know, we need that balance. It’s good to have somebody to listen to in the car or before you go to sleep. We need that bad.” —Sidney Madden