Late 2017, Tink ended a six-month hiatus from social media to offer what could be considered as a New Year’s resolution of sorts. Over a year after her last mixtape, the Illinois artist shared an Instagram post and some confident words with fans.
“You’re beautiful. You’re gifted. You’re strong. You’re courageous. You’re powerful. You’re loved,” the 22-year-old captioned the full-length photo of herself. “Your story is yours for a reason! Only you can dictate the next chapter.” “#freeAtLast,” she added at the end of the post.
While the message was fairly cryptic at the time, some clarification has just surfaced. According to The Fader, Tink and Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group have split up nearly a year after Mosley Music and Epic Records cut ties.
“Don’t Tell Nobody”
Before 2014 — back when young Tink was only in high school and hadn’t yet signed to a label — the “Treat Me Like Somebody” singer was pumping out new music left and right. By the time she graduated from Simeon Career Academy, she had five mixtapes under her belt.
After she collaborated with fellow Chicago native, “Love Don’t Change” crooner Jeremih on a song, fans expected her career to move to the fast-track. The single, “Don’t Tell Nobody,” was the product of a studio session with Da Internz, a Chi-town production team. The nearly-four-minute track earned Tink Timbaland’s attention.
Da Internz’s Kosine once talked about playing the famed producer a few unreleased tracks, one of which was “Don’t Tell Nobody.” “The last song I played was Tink, ‘Don’t Tell Nobody.’ At that point, [Timbaland] began to beg me to introduce her to him,” he shared. “I jumped at the opportunity and it was one of the worst mistakes of my career.”
Tink’s momentum seemed to slow after she signed her first contract, a joint record deal with Mosley Music Group and Epic Records. After 2014, Tink released only a handful of tracks and a self-funded mixtape while fans anticipated her debut album. After continuous reports that the project was being delayed, fans started to get the picture that things weren’t right.
Now, after a strenuous back and forth, Tink is being released from her contract with Mosley Music. The news, which The Fader confirmed with a rep from the label, comes on the heels of Mosley Music’s break up with its distributors Epic Records.
“I really had to get a grip on everything in my life so that I could come back and be able to just focus on the music this year,” she told the outlet at the beginning of 2018, explaining her long break from social media. The singer was reportedly in her hometown recouping between studio dates.
“I had dedicated so much time, and we had put in a lot of work together, me and [Timbaland]. We had an album done, but that whole process was just very shocking to me,” she continued. “Going into something and having such high expectations for it, then having to refocus and reprocess everything. I had to really just dig deep and find out what I wanted to say next.”
While Tink works on her next project, she’s quite active on social media these days. You can catch her living her best life and promoting her new tracks on Instagram. Show her page some love and SHARE this article.