Miami Rapper Hink To Drop New Album: "Strength"


noun \ˈstreŋ(k)th, ˈstren(t)th\

Simple Definition of strength

  • the quality or state of being physically strong

  • the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force

  • the quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way

Hip Hop Artist Hink doesn't need Webster's definition above to understand intrinsically what the word strength means. He is by his own accord a "product of struggle," and his relation to the construct "Strength," goes beyond the mere physical.

Growing up in Canton, Ohio, Hink says his mental strength was often tested to the limits. He left home at fourteen, never knew his father, raised his brother alone, and suffered relationship struggles and the tragic passing of his daughter. Still like the definition above, Hink has resisted being moved or broken by a force. His strength has come from lyrics, beats, and rhyme.

"My first love was really Hip Hop, said Hink.  And from the early 90’s till the present day, it's just been a way to express my deepest feelings."  

He made the move from Ohio to Miami in 2001, with his car, a couple credit cards, his clothes, and literally just a few Benjamins in his pocket. The gamble paid off. Not only has he been able to perform in other cities around the world, but living in the international city of Miami, he has had the opportunity to work with artists from diverse cultures including The Bahamas, Colombia, Haiti, Ireland, and Italy, just to name a few.

Embracing other traditions, but still representing his Midwestern roots, Hink continues to reach out and let others know where he is from, what he came from and where he is going – with a positive vibe. This is what Hink is about – After a fourteen year stay. Miami is now Home, but don't get it twisted, Ohio will always be in his soul.

Hink is now focused on sharing the experiences of his travels and incorporating the international Miami culture into his music that has now become an important part of his style. He's super excited about sharing "Strength," his follow up EP to his previous work "Product of Struggle."  "Strength," set to drop during the spring of 2016, will feature talented artists from all over the world and he says something very different.

"We decided to record the entire project live in the studio using live musicians for all sound on the records. We were able to bring in some very amazing artists such as super talented drummer Andy Russell, Grammy winner Tim Mitchell on guitar, Richard Bravo did outstanding percussion, perfection on the keyboards was provided by Bob Taylor and Mike Couzi (a Grammy winner for mastering), producer and music by Peruvian native Jose Val, and Master Bass Player Steve Argy, who both performed and assisted with production on the new project. 

Vocalist Amy Alvarado returned for the "Strength" record and brings an amazing compliment to the album with her beautiful voice. The lyrical flow of Hink blends perfectly with Amy's melodic tone. 

Hink says his motivation for this record was to follow up on his last album "Product of Struggle" and show another side of his style.

"This new record is very Miami. I have been in the Magic City for over 15 years now and it has had a major impact on my style. The blends of cultures and styles are very apparent as soon as the music starts. I was growing before and from that struggle and growth, I became stronger as a person, as a man and from that growth we now have the "Strength" album," he said.

Favorite tracks? Well Hink says he loves them all but pay close attention to "No Valentin" featuring Jose Val. "You will get happy feet listening to this song. It is a tribute to legendary Afro Peruvian Pepe Vasquez. This is the song that should be playing with the top down driving over the bridge from Miami Beach to Miami and if you are not in Miami when you are listening, the song will make you feel like you are here! said Hink."

"And the titled song "Strength" featuring Amy Alverado. This track will lift you up and make you feel good again. Alverado's voice is amazing and Tim Mitchell has a awesome solo guitar section that will shake you in your shoes." 

"Strength" is the record that I envisioned over 20 years ago when I started writing rap songs in my blue collar neighborhood back in Ohio and now it's finally here. The Strength EP is dedicated to my step father Russell T Butler who showed his "Strength" during his battle with brain cancer. After Struggle comes Strength. I am so excited to share this project with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed creating it." --Hink

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