Inspirational Quotes from Tink

I’m in my own little lane, doing just me. I don’t have to fit in.

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Tink is the voice of the youth. I’m not one of those artists who talks about unrealistic things or fairy tales. I’m not talking about expensive things and cars. I’m actually talking about what’s going on in my life and every teenager’s life, too.

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It’s so irritating, because male rappers don’t have to have a look. A guy can look like a bum on the street, but as a male, people will accept him because he’s a rapper. But females, they expect you to have a big booty. They expect you to walk in six-inch heels.

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When I’m rapping, like, a turn up song, I’m thinking about what the people want to hear; this is what they’re going to like. When I’m singing, I’m, like, telling my story. I’m not worried if people like it; I’m just trying to be truthful, you know what I’m saying? I’m just talking about something that happened to me.

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I have some talent. So, I’m going to show it off. No matter what, I’m gonna keep going.

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Because I was independent for such a long time, and I was always just feeding my fans – every month, I’d be giving them something new. So I had to adjust to the process of making a record. And after signing with a label, there are just certain things you can’t do anymore. It was frustrating at first, but as the months went by, I got used to it.

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I think monogamy exists when you’re of age. I’m not saying that’s good, but in today’s time, a female won’t honestly get a full commitment until they’re at least 25 or 26. That’s not good, but that’s how it is.

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People stereotype female rappers a whole lot.

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Right now, black female artists are the most interesting people to think about. People are ready to hear whatever we’re gonna say, and I’m not scared to say anything.

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When you think Tink, you should just think of me as that around-the-way girl – relatable and honest. Even in my lifestyle, my entire aura is real. I don’t sugarcoat anything, whether I’m on stage or home in Chicago or just behind the scenes just chilling. I’m the same person you see on stage, always.

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I think, being a woman, we got to prove ourselves twice.

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It’s easy for guys to listen to another guy for support, but if it’s a female, they seem to shy away from it, like they don’t want to be a sucker, you know what I’m saying? So we kind of got to go harder.

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I drop free music because I want people to know I’m still working. I want people to know I’m working and making my money independently. I don’t want to charge for a mixtape; I’d rather charge for an album and really give something to my fans.

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The key to artistry is being able to say stuff the way other people can’t.

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I don’t like to sugarcoat. I don’t like to say things without feeling it. I like to get to the point and say exactly what I’m talking about.

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I don’t ever want to lose my rawness or whatever. That makes a person special.

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I’m not the ideal pop star, not what you see on TV. I look like I could be your best friend.

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I would rather impress you with my storytelling than with the size of my waist and my hips.

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I like country music. Sometimes I’ll just type in ‘country’ on Pandora and listen. I really like the passion in the lyrics.

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I’ll be honest with you: before I heard Nicki rapping, I probably wouldn’t have thought to rap myself. Just to see a female doing it and being in there with the guys, it was motivation.

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Females – we go just as hard as the guys, if not harder.

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Country singers put a lot of soul into their songs, and I enjoy that.

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Chicago’s known for the drill. Keefs, Lil Durks, and whatnot. My music, on the other hand, it has a message to it. I think that’s what sets me apart. I think it gets deeper than saying anything on a trap beat. I’m putting stories together, and people are relating to what I am saying.

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To stand out, I just use my talents. I rap, and I sing as well. With that being said, people kind of know me for bringing that emotion in music.

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The more I got into my artistry, I got a bigger responsibility: the kids in Chicago, they look up to the rappers. We influence them.

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When people listen to artists, and you turn on the radio, it’s a lot of gimmicks. And that’s real. So I take it like there’s nobody keeping it honest and truthful no more, especially as far as young teenagers and females.

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There’s not really too many artists that young girls and young people can look up to and be inspired by. So I take it as my responsibility, sometimes, to be the person who has the voice to give people some truth about what we’re doing.

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Working with Timbaland, he gives me insight; he throws me different ways to approach the beat, and those extra tips go a long way. I know that he’s worked with some of the greats, so it’s just motivation. I feel inspired when we’re in the booth together.

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Chicago is a rough city. It made me raw.

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When I was 16, I was doing what was popular. If I could go back, I would tell myself to not be afraid to be alone and not to follow others so much.

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I really feel like females have to go 50 extra miles. Not just one – 50 extra miles to be accepted or taken seriously.

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I know for a fact I’ve put in the same amount of hours as every up-and-coming male rapper right now, if not more. I’m a feminist with regard to my music and the music industry.

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No fake stuff. If you have a personal relationship with a female, it’ll be easier and more real to do a song.

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There’s a broad range of male rappers, so if they’re going out on a limb and they sound different, it’s okay, because we have 20 other rappers doing what the radio wants… as far as females, there aren’t as many, so if you want to compete, you have to sound just like this, because that’s the only thing hot right now.

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I have to break down the barriers as a female. I have to work 30 times harder just for respect.

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As a female, we always have to be labeled this new female rapper. It’s never like, ‘I heard this rapper Tink.’ It’s always, ‘I heard a female rapper.’

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In music today, people are against females. We don’t have that empowerment anymore. We don’t have that voice.

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As an artist, I want it to be so simple that anyone can understand it. No matter what age you are, you’re going to feel it because it’s real. I don’t like to sugar coat. There’s not too many artists that can tell stories and be vulnerable on the mic.

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I think why people are drawn to me is because I’m very relatable. I don’t filter.

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Guys hurt us first! There’s always more to the story. We don’t have that on the radio. You can’t turn on the radio and hear what’s really going on. You’re going to hear the perspective from a guy.

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People expect to just hear something raunchy from a female – we’re missing meaningful messages as women. We don’t have enough stories.

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Women all have our hard days, and we have our soft days. And there’s a lot of music that doesn’t make us feel as beautiful and good as we are.

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I go hard for the ladies so we have some music to relate to.

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I can write a love song or a ballad, or when I read something and it pisses me off, I know how to go in.

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I feel like I’m the voice for my generation, especially for women.

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I’ve never worked hands-on with a producer. I’ve been on my own writing, just taking beats and doing what I have to do. I’ve been on my own. To have Timbaland invite me in and say that ‘I want to work with you’ is amazing. He’s a legend.

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When you listen to my songs, you hear messages and real stories. That’s what’s setting me apart.

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I’m not going to be the artist that talks about a million dollar whip and ‘I just bought some red bottoms.’ That’s cool, but that’s not all there is to it. I’d rather talk about something everyone can relate to and feel.

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Working with Timbaland, you know it’s not gonna sound like anything else out there today. The sound is very next-level.

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When Nicki was putting out mixtapes, she was the only female rapper that had any kind of buzz. And not to mention that she was on the track with the guys, you know? So you had the girls playing it, and you had the hood guys playing it, too, so you couldn’t run away from Nicki.

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A lot of times, I have personal things, things I go through that I may exaggerate or make a story around, but it always has a meaning related to something I’ve been through for real.

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I put a lot of work into my mixtapes, and I want everybody to understand I am doing this genuinely. I don’t even want to be paid for this; I just want you all to hear my music and appreciate it. I think it brings me closer to my fans because they know I’m doing this for them and not just to get the bucks.

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