Author: Shanel Brock
Newly independent artist Tink is back with her latest EP Pain & Pleasure. This will be the artist first project since parting ways with previous Timberland label. If you thought that was going to stop her, you better think again. Pain & Pleasure is a reminder that nothing will stop Tink from serving her destiny.
Tink’s background with music is something to admire. By the time she finished high school, she pushed out 5 promising mixtapes. She broke out with her smash hit “Ratchet Commandments” showcasing her multitalented singing and rapping background. By then, she was signed to Timberland’s Moley Music label, where things began to take a slight turn. Now, she’s unsigned with her own artistic approach. She has free reign to create the sound her fans love and live by.
Pain and pleasure, two polar opposites, seems to blend perfectly well on this EP. Matched with Tink’s soothing vocals makes it a perfect harmony piece. With no guest features, all eyes are on Tink as she takes lead. “On to the Next One” sets the tone with a moderate tempo and soft 808s. The lyrics echo a love ballad……The rest of the project follows this soft, home-body vibe. “Part Time Lovers” picks up the tempo slightly with a Tink version of the Xscape hit “Who Can I Run To”, followed by “M.I.A.”. In just 6 tracks, Pain & Pleasure tosses you in both feelings.
As a new independent artist, Tink is aiming high. She serves as rising female R&B artist whose songwriting is tangible to the heart. This project reminds us that she is not the Aaliyah replica everyone paints her to be. She may serve as an inspiration, but Tink marches to the beat of her own drum. Tink’s delicate vocals and lyrics are one of a kind and cannot be matched.
Don’t forget to listen to Pain & Pleasure below.