Pinqy Ring

Pinqy Ring

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandHip HopLatin

Pinqy Ring is the fierce Puerto Rican woman rapper from Chicago, wowing crowds with her lyrics, wit, passion and ability to rap in both English and Spanish. She has been likened as the female Big Pun, and it would be her honor to continue his legacy for Latinx MCs of the world.


Born and bred in Chicago, Marisol Vélez (aka Pinqy Ring) first shook hands with the mic at age 15 when her love for learning Hip Hop songs turned into a curiosity to try it for herself.

During the span of her career, Pinqy has captivated audiences in Chicago - playing the Taste of Chicago in 2017 - as well as Washington, Austin, Houston, Minneapolis, St. Louis, New York, San Francisco, New Orleans and even Ghana, West Africa. She has been the subject of local, national and international media features and has reached hundreds of thousands of listeners as a guest on several radio interviews.

Pinqy Ring is a two-time recipient of the City of Chicago's prestigious Individual Artist Program grant, and was the first Hip Hop resident at The Ragdale Foundation. She will join the U.S. State Department’s Next Level 4.0 cohort, traveling to Vietnam to perform and teach MCing to youth.

A tough childhood, troubled teens and a catastrophic car accident all worked to mold the young artist into the powerful MC she is today. The accident, (which left Pinqy in a coma), served as the defining turning point in her life. She prides herself in her lyrical prowess, the courage to fearlessly share her story, and her ability to rap in both Spanish and English.

In 2013, Pinqy released the EP Herstory, celebrating her story. She followed this up with the courageous single “Little Hearts,” detailing her past experience with childhood sexual abuse, and her first album Herstory: The Lost Chapters (2015). She has released several singles in between, as well as her bi-weekly web rap series #PinqTuesdays that has totaled over 50,000 views. 

Pinqy Ring has been featured on The Chicago Tribune, Karen Civil, ThisIs50, Moral Courage, DNAInfo, PBS, Vocalo Radio, WVON, Microphone Bully, Power 92, Fake Shore Drive, WLUW, WIIT, WBM Radio, DePaul Radio, UIC Radio, Midway Radio and CANTV, amongst others. In 2013 Pinqy Ring was given the cover of The HYPE Magazine, and in 2014 was highlighted within the pages of her alma mater’s UIC Alumni Association Magazine.

Outside of music, Pinqy has engaged in countless hours of philanthropy. Through her workshop, The Pinqy Project, she spreads her message of hope, perseverance, and self-worth to youth across the US.