Every once in a while you hear that artist that just has “it.” The sound and the content come together beautifully musically, and the artist has the ability to reach a direct demographic. At a time where more females are trading in their God given assets for validation, an artist like Tink represents women in their purest form. While many female rappers have made their mark in hip hop throughout history, one stands out for the same qualities as Ms. Tink.
Lauryn Hill started her career off as one third of the legendary trio The Fugees. The New Jersey native’s talents were highlighted by her abilities to belt heartfelt melodies as good as she could kick song stealing flows. After the group’s success she catapulted herself to iconic heights when she released the Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, a multiplatinum-Grammy award winning masterpiece. Lauryn represented the “everywoman.” She rapped with vigor and style then sang with soul, never compromising a piece of herself for mainstream acceptance. On “Doo Wop” she forces women AND men to take a hard look at the actions that are holding them back from furthering themselves in society. On “Ex-Factor” she tapped into the minds of vacillating women in unstable relationships. Lauryn’s sole studio album is one of the only hip hop albums to be recognized by the Library of Congress and selected for inclusion in the National Recording Registry.
It’s been three weeks since you were looking for your friend
The one you let hit it and never called you again
‘Member when he told you he was ’bout the Benjamins?
You act like you ain’t hear him, then give him a little trim
To begin, how you think you’re really gon’ pretend
Like you wasn’t down and you called him again?
– Lauryn Hill, Doo Wop
Tink is today’s version of an “everywomen.” A lot of young females are dealing with real issues. While it’s fun to be that boss chick in the club on weekends, real life does set in at some point and that’s where Tink’s music thrives. “Treat Me Like Somebody” is the anthem for loyal females dealing with guys who just can’t get their acts together. “Ratchet Commandments” is a message driven record disguised as a club song. Produced by Timbaland, Tink takes aim at females with misguided priorities. She’s an angel when she sings, but can get as gritty as Chiraq’s finest when she want to. Most importantly, a lot of her content stems from her flaws or shortcomings which can be viewed as a tool for empowerment for her and those listening.
It’s a match made in Zion—old passing the torch to new. So similar in their ways, the only thing separating them is years. An 2015 version of “Doo Wop?” Or maybe Lauryn can give us something new on a song like Tink’s “Tell The Children.” Or Timbaland can get behind the boards and let these two simmer in a studio until they cook up something fresh.
Lauryn hasn’t been the most active in recent years due to legal issues, but if there’s one way to combat all the flack she’s received it’s with great, meaningful music. Tink is shaping up to be one of the more important new artists coming out. This would be perfect for both of them.
So they’re both relatable female artists with the ability to rap and sing. They’re both content driven artist. And they both are much needed in today’s music world. I’m not sure if this has come up in conversation yet, so until then…
Why haven’t they collaborated yet?