Who: The Chicago area has proved to be fertile ground for precocious young rappers, but 18-year-old Calumet City, Illinois, native Trinity Home has quickly carved out her own space. Under the moniker Tink, Home has collaborated with the city's ruthless boys — from first-wave stars like Lil Durk to newer faces like Lil Herb and Lil Bibby — across a number of mixtapes, proving both her toughness and skills as an MC. But she spends as much time singing as she does rapping, devoting an entire mixtape — last summer's Winter's Diary — to traditionalist R&B. Though Home is still working on melding the two styles, she stands out by emulating Drake and Nicki Minaj in a drill scene where even fellow women like Katie Got Bandz and Sasha Go Hard stick almost uniformly to gritty rap. Others have begun to notice, including Tom Krell of How to Dress Well, who recently remixed the Cassie-esque cut "Can I."
Sounds like: Angel Haze, Chief Keef, Jhene Aiko
Where to Start: This year's Blunts and Ballads is another one for the lovers, while new single "Kilo" is one of her absolute best rap songs. "Kilo" fans should subsequently check out the rap-focused tape Alter Ego.