Just recently we caught up with the R&B general himself Tank as he shed some more light on his upcoming Savage, in the new interview Tank talks about he got more aggressive with his new album, Tank also discussed if R&b group TGT would ever get back together and who he feels is keeping the sound of R&B alive.
YMMW: You have a new album coming out titled Savage, What made you come up with that title and what can fans expect to hear on this album.
Tank: Well, the title represents how were fighting for our position in terms of R&B singers, songwriters those with the passion and love left in them. We have to fight for our position a lot differently with the new style of R&B, that’s kind of with the wave and kind of disconnected from the more traditional way of R&B so we got to be a lot more aggressive with our stance, musically, melodically. I’m just taking a more aggressive approach with this album. When I did Sex,Love and Pain 2, and I heard the songs people were responding to, it gave me the confidence to say “You know what lets just push the lines.” every time I do a Sex, Love and Pain album we just push the lines and push the ideas of what people feel R&B music is capable of and capable of living.Love and heartfelt music can live all these places if it’s done right so we got to fight to get that message out there we got to be savages about that life, and we got to go at them we got to be all at war just like everything else, so that’s what Savage is. Savage is at war, Savage is that statement.
YMMW: Earlier this year you performed at D.C Pride, which I gained more respect for you not just as an artist but a person as well. What made you decide to perform at a Gay pride event and not paying attention to the negativity that people had to say?
Tank: There wasn’t really a decision to do it, they have never asked me to do it. They never sent me an offer and say we would like you to perform. So that was the difference in this year and any other year. They asked me, and I said absolutely, Why not? My question is, you know why not? Why would I have said no. You know the fact that I am the first male R&B artists to do that, that’s disappointing. You know how many years pride events have been happening and I’m the first? That’s not cool.It says we have a long way to go mentally as people. We have a lot to learn about love and true love that is. So no it wasn’t a decision it wasn’t a let’s plan this out let’s figure out the statement not it’s like we got a offer to perform at pride, what’s the offer oh, it looks nice let’s go do it and that’s it. The people who talked bad about it, they didn’t talk bad for very long because a true human being stood up for me and they stood up for everything and that’s how it should be. That’s why I said there’s a war going on because where people will be negative, the people with positive energy have to come in with just as much force we got to come in and combat that. If you stand around and let negativity exist, your just as much as the problem. So we got to fight for that. I hope this does inspire change and I hope it inspires growth.
YMMW: We know that TGT had some issues in the past, do you think you, Ginuwine, and Tyrese would ever put those issue aside and come back as TGT in the near future?
Tank: You know TGT is always a conversation away from happening, it’s just a matter of getting to the table and having that conversation. Is it going to happen now, no, but it’s not a conversation anybody’s afraid of having it just has to be the right conversation the motivation has to be right you know I believe TGT is here for the culture you know I don’t believe TGT is needed for my pockets I’m not looking at looking at TGT and then looking at my bank account like Wow this is going to be the most lucrative adventure ever because I’m doing lucrative adventures outside TGT, but TGT is something that inspires other R&B singer and writers, producers and everybody who loves music. We are (the three of us) the best that we have and the amount of people we have touched we are an inspiration to those people. The longevity we’ve had were an inspiration and that’s what this culture needs it needs true inspiration, it needs true love and we offer that. To only do that once is doing a disservice to the people who need to be inspired and who are looking towards us and we don’t realize it, so that’s why I don’t know what those guys are doing, I just continue to do my part and give back to theR&B community that keeps giving to me. They gave me an opportunity so I’m giving others an opportunity, I’m going to keep doing that whether TGT keeps rocking or not.
YMMW: On Sisterhood of Hip-Hop we saw that you have signed Siya to your label. Being the R&B General, what made you want to sign a hip Hop artists versus not signing an R&B artist?
Tank: Well it’s not versus, I have R&B artists she was only Hip Hop artist that I have signed so it’s kinda the other way around. I just saw that she was talented and that’s it. Everybody else kinda saw other things about her first, she’s an openly gay artist and this and that I just didn’t care about any of those things. She’s gifted and I wanted to help. I’m not in the Hip Hop game and I don’t know much about it but I believe she’s talented and I believe she has what it takes to be successful in this business so Im going to work with her, I’m going to invest my time and money and it was that simple, you see she’s made some moves and she had the sister hood of hip hop and she put out some albums and mixtapes so she’s still on the grind. She’s still pushing to make her way, to garner some mainstream success and that type of thing. She’s still talented, I still think she’s better than any female rapper out right now. She just had to find her way and that’s what is trying to do.
YMMW: With this new album Savage who have you worked with as far as producers and guest features?
Tank: I got some features I got Trey Songz, Ludacris, Candice Boyd on there she’s Ne-Yo’s artist she’s super dope as well as J. Valentine I made him come out of retirement, that’s really dope. Far as producers I have I have Cardiak on there, I have Flip on there, the internz. I got myself on there, you know I’ve been known to produce and write a little bit I’ve been known to do a dabble in my day. But it’s a pretty tight-knit on there I got my guys on there, guys that I know, my guys that I rock with they do music, we figured out a way to do something really current but really classic and I can’t wait for everybody to hear it, it’s aggressive it’s mean.
YMMW: Along with being an amazing singer/songwriter you are also an actor. Can we expect to see you in any upcoming films anytime soon?
Tank: We’re working on some stuff, we always keep things close to the chest until it’s press time, but we’re working on some things. I started auditioning for a couple of things and I love that, as well as putting things together on our own and getting our own things shot so, you’ll be hearing some stuff pretty soon. Keep your eye out.
YMMW: If you could choose any dream role as an actor what kind of role would that be?
Tank: Any action role that Arnold Schwarzenegger played (laughs), from the predator to anything you name it, but if Arnold Schwarzenegger played it and he was shooting stuff and fighting people, that’s what I want to do.
YMMW: In support of your new album, you’re also heading on tour. Instead of going the traditional route and picking opening acts you’re actually giving local talent the opportunity to open up for you as well. What made you decided to do this?
Tank: It’s my process it’s what R&B money is all about giving out the opportunity for the next generation of R&B artists. It can’t stop with me, It has to live on and continue to live on and the only way it does that is that the people within my space and have this platform use it to bring the next generation of R&B artists, singers, and producers along. That’s my approach, I just believe that. Nobody handed it to me there was no old school R&B act outside of Ginuwine who would school me and help me out and show me these things. If it wasn’t for Ginuwine I don’t know where I would be. So the way he paid it back to me I had to pay it back to somebody else. That’s why I’m here, It doesn’t hurt me to give someone this opportunity to sing. It doesn’t take away from me it only adds. To be able to say Aw man I remember that kid opened up for me on my show in Nashville and now he’s one of the top R&B artists in the world, or to say that young lady right there wrote a song for me and it was amazing and now she’s had the hot 100 song. That’s what I’m looking for. That’s where my longevity lies, to be apart of helping R&B music continue and live on.
YMMW: When it comes to the new R&B artist today, who in your opinion is keeping R&B alive?
Tank: Well R&B is alive it’s just different, it’s just with every generation it evolves. You can’t say what Bryson Tiller is doing isn’t R&B music, you can’t say that what Bruno Mars is doing isn’t R&B music. It just evolves, everybody has their opinion about it. The thing that I remember about R&B was the feeling and the emotion that’s connected to it. So that’s the part of R&B that I’m apart of keeping alive. Its not the R&B that I’m making everybody do, because that’s not everybody’s style of R&B that’s my style of R&B. So I have to keep R&B alive, I mean my style of R&B, the R&B that I love. The R&B that made you do something, the made you call and ask for forgiveness or made you call and ask to come over one of the two. That’s my job, so for the cats that’s singing R&B now and doing their part, I congratulate them I love it. It evolves, it changes, I salute them. Being able to tell your story and express yourself musically in a successful way is tough to do, it’s hard. To be able to have success at what you love I commend it. So R&B is alive, they are covering it up saying that this is pop and this is that, man those people are singing R&B music, that’s where it all starts.
YMMW: While working in the music industry for a while collaborating with everyone from Aaliyah, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland and more. Who is one artists that you have not yet worked with that you would like to get in the studio with?
Tank: That’s a tough one I worked with some really cool people. I don’t know, I guess I’m just excited about giving the opportunity to the next R&B artist. I’m ecstatic to see who the next person is and if I’ll be apart of inspiring and helping that growth. Im more excited about. I just signed Dante, Dontay, Duntea signed to my label. That’s what I am excited about, I’m excited about helping growth through careers and making some new dreams come true.