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"Twenty years old and she ain't got time to play," Chicago rapper and singer-songwriter Tink croons on the third installment to her Winter's Diary mixtape series. And although she may be navigating her ingeniously-constructed character through complex concerns on project pinnacle 'Stripclub', the same words can clearly be mirrored back to the multifaceted artist who's looking to continue her winning streak with her latest release. No time to play, indeed.

Since 2012, when Tink's presence emerged on the scene, the Timbaland protégé has unleashed five mixtapes into the sonic-stratosphere, flexing her seamless blend of edgy lyricism and storytelling, breathy vocals and self-awareness that's garnered merited devotion. Critics have since adorned the multi-threat creator with somewhat patronizingly ageist remarks in attempt to hail the young female talent with acclaim that her music is streamlined with maturity beyond her years while highlighting an emotional grasp on love and personal relationships that many artists her age fail to uphold. But Tink's genius isn't sustained by surpassing young women her age, it's that she actually represents them in elaborate splendor beyond the pop-structure, beyond genre and beyond classification.

Winter's Diary 3 is a feature-free 10-track opus stacked with nothing but single-worthy contributions aimed more so at her R&B fans than rap revelers, although production from Timbaland, C Sick, DJ Wes and Cookin Soul still ensures ample bravado. Here, Tink's brilliance is found in the subdued balance noticeable in every piece of her artistry. Where there's edge, there's soul. Where intricacy intertwines, intimacy unravels. Maturity and youthful vitality coexist through love songs and break-up anthems, while gloss and smoke are components that make up the genre-blending artist, whose malleable range and broad appeal are products of skill rather than strategy.

The soft-voiced singer coos a gorgeous dedication to her partner on the songwriting dream known as 'H20', while an electric guitar serenades alongside her adding harmonious unison to the love sonnet, whereas on 'There's Somebody Else' the passionate mood piece features Tink plaintively pining over love lost. The Timbaland-produced cut 'L.E.A.S.H' fittingly offers the perfect enhancement for the lyricist to unleash her blustering bars on the feminist psalm, where 'Afterparty' ends the project in an '80s pop-infused fantasy.

While her long-awaiting debut album Think Tink is still slated to drop later this year via Epic/Mosley Music Group, Winter's Diary 3 is a virtuous indication that Tink's best is yet to come. She's not playing.

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