Age: 19
From: Chicago, IL
Twitter: @Official_Tink
Essential listening: Winter's Diary 2

Pros: Fierce rapper, stunning singer, and has the ability to make cohesive projects that separate her talents.

Cons: She needs a hit record on her own, outside of any of her collaborations.

Chicago is home to an increasing number of new artists—within and outside of the “Drill” scene—including a handful of female artists like Sasha Go Hard, Katie Got Bandz, Dreezy, and Tink. But Tink is on to something different; with a handful of mixtapes under her belt, she’s able to balance her ability to spit some of the hardest verses coming out of the city, but flourishes as an R&B vocalist on projects like Winter’s Diary 2: Forever Yours.

She’s spent the last few years alternating between her two alter egos, but the soft-spoken, emotionally-charged artist finally has the music world’s attention, thanks in part to collaborations with Jeremih, Future Brown, and a major look from Timbaland. These days, she’s down in Miami working on her debut album, and has the potential to become a major star who mixes rapping and singing. —Lauren Nostro