Tink, Verbal Kwest, Bebe O’Hare, KD Young Cocky, Rob Metaphor, Phil G, DJ Jay Illa | Metro | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader
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Tink, Verbal Kwest, Bebe O’Hare, KD Young Cocky, Rob Metaphor, Phil G, DJ Jay Illa 

When: Sat., Feb. 21, 10 p.m. 2015
Price: $31, $26 in advance
Calumet City rapper-singer Tink has been a known quantity around these parts since 2012. Back then she was already flexing her power-punch rapping, casual and sensual singing, and, most importantly, her effortless ability to do both on one track, as with the single “Fingers Up.” Tink’s superstar-in-waiting virtuosity has only grown, and she’s been getting pushed onto a bigger stage since mastermind producer Timbaland came calling last year—because when that guy speaks in hyperbole, the masses listen. Tink’s now on Timbaland’s Epic imprint, Mosley Music Group, and she’s been on a tear with her recent spate of tracks, including the insightful “Tell the Children,” inspired by the killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson (it was released less than 24 hours after the latter’s nonindictment). She’s also the lone bright spot on an otherwise pitiful collaboration with Sleigh Bells (“That Did It”). And then there’s “UFO,” her forthcoming track with Timbaland and Andre 3000, which has landed on the Web in fragments and snippets . . . and even those slivers sound like gold. —Leor Galil

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