eeC82A5362v eeC82A5362v

Interview: Tank Talks Music, Matters of the Heart and Being 'Stronger'

Tank Vixen Chat

Tank needs no introduction. The R&B singer we first saw over ten years ago rocking baby blue sweats and a white bandana, is back tougher than ever with his theme-following sixth studio album, Stronger. This is apparent in his latest single “You’re My Star,” which oozes a Michael Jackson flavor with its funky melody and danceable beat.

“This music is more retro, more of the authentic sound that I kind of fell in love with," he said. "You know, the kind of music that designed me as an artist, singer, songwriter and producer. For the most part, I’m really good at just doing good music. The trendy stuff, I mean I can do that I guess, but for this album I wanted to connect with my space in life.” We were also surprised to find out a few more interesting tidbits about the hunky crooner, like being big into dancing at one point in his life (which we clearly notice in the “You’re My Star” video). He impressed us with quite a few moves. Who knew?

Tank got candid with us around the Vixen headquarters about the inspiration behind the tracks on his new album, his new fitness movement “Stronger U” and unreciprocated love. Grab some popcorn and read up on this rhythm 'n' blues veteran’s rocky journey with relationships and being in an ever-changing music industry as he breaks down some of our favorite songs on the album.

All Photo Credits: Stacy-Ann Ellis

eeC82A5362v

Vibe Vixen: “You’re My Star” is a very feel-good and happy track. Is there someone special in your life that inspired this song?
Tank: No one inspired the song. When I was making the song, I really just wanted to make something for everybody who is happy or in love. I also wanted to inspire people to be happy or in love. The fact that I am happy or not in love helps (laughs). The song does have some authenticity and it was designed for that moment; those things that we don’t have any more you know what I mean? We don’t have those “happy in love” songs where we are celebrating or appreciating it for what it is, so I wanted to go back to that.

Is this the new Tank or will you be making more of that classic R&B we're already accustomed to?
I would say that this song is a version of Tank. It’s something that people haven’t heard from me a lot and it’s showing people the diversity of me. I can do a lot of things and this is one of those things.

“Nobody Better” discusses of someone who claims that there no woman in his life better than her. What makes a woman number one in yours?
I guess her being my one (laughs). First of all, let’s start with my daughters.

How many do you have?
I have three daughters. If you’re my daughter, you are definitely number one off top, you feel me? However, I love a spiritual woman, a woman who is somewhat health conscious and someone who can help my house [become] a home. As it pertains to a career, as it pertains to money and all this other stuff, those things are already in place so I want somebody who is able to care for the spirit, care for the heart, care for the mind and take the stresses of the world away. In other words, help alleviate the stress and get it off your shoulders. That is somebody who could be number one.

“Dance with Me” has a disco feel that is reminiscent of 70s dance songs. Are you a party guy or the laid-back type?
I like to have fun. I like to get out there and move my feet and clap my hands. This is a good moment because it’s not like I’m about to be a Chris Brown but we out there just having a good time, two-stepping and that type of thing. Everybody can relate to that and everybody can have a good time doing that.

eeC82A5340v

Were you a party person when you were younger?
Absolutely. I used to dance when I was in middle and high school. I used to get it.

What kind of dances?
That old-school stuff like the running man. All the cool dances we got now, like crumping, nae-nae, and all that other stuff is a different style. Not that I can’t do any because I can definitely rock some of those as well. I like that the new generation is taking it back to a time when dancing was a lot more fun.

What’s something that you feel like you’ve got to have in a female like you reference in your track “Gotta Have it”?
It’s basically a take on the relationship. When you are interacting with someone that you’re very into, you can’t get enough of it. When you’re not there you want them there, when they’re not on the phone you want to call. It’s that feeling where you’ve gotta have her and this song speaks on the effects of having her and why I always want her.

“Missing You” talks about missing a woman who is no longer in a guy’s life. What’s a lesson you’ve learned from heartbreak?
I learned that it’s not something that you want to hide from. It’s not something that you don’t want to make yourself available to. You’ll only truly be heartbroken if you give your heart, give away lov, and you truly put yourself in a position to lose something. Far too many times we don’t, and this makes it so easy to walk away from things because our heart is not all the way in it. I’ve learned from heartbreak that it is bad but it’s not that bad. It’s a part of life so you grow and you learn from every heartbreak that you experience.

Your next song is titled “Same Way.” What are some things that you’ve done in your career in the past that you wouldn’t do the same way?
I wouldn’t have taken things so personally in the beginning of my career. I was mad about a lot of things and it’s because I just didn’t understand that everybody isn’t like me. Everybody doesn’t appreciate it or value it. For some people it’s just business and whatever they have to do to get a dollar, they’ll do it. I was raised with a few more morals so money wasn’t always my motivation and it’s hard for me to look at things like that. I just love to do what I do and I thought that everybody was doing this for the love but that’s just not the case. If I could go back I would be a little less personal, a little less loving to those who didn’t deserve it, and I would’ve been more about my business.

“Hope This Makes You Love Me” hits home for a lot of us. Have you ever loved someone but the feelings weren’t reciprocated?
Yeah, of course, that is where the song comes from. It’s an honest feeling. You love somebody and shoot, let’s go to the point where you’re on the verge of losing it; you’re fighting hard to keep it and maybe that person has already moved on. They’ve already decided in their hearts that this part is over but for you it’s not. So you go through all these different dynamics of trying to find ways to rekindle that and bring that back to life in hopes that somebody will love you the same way that you love them. It’s something that we all go through and unconsciously we find ourselves out there saying “What am I doing?” It’s for love, though, so that’s not a bad thing.

eeC82A5366v

You started a “Stronger U” movement in conjunction with the album. Tell us more about that and how Vixens can get involved.

“Stronger U” is spiritual encouragement, mental encouragement and all of the above. It’s also free so join and enjoy yourself. We’ve got t-shirts, events and prizes, so follow me on my social media accounts like Twitter and Instagram for info.

Does having daughters effect you, being that you are a considered sex symbol?
Definitely. I mean you want to have some accountability to your children. You have to be mindful of the example that you’re setting for them and have something for them to look up to when it comes to looking for a boyfriend or a husband you know? You want to set those standards within your own household.

Speaking of having daughters, I’m sure they listen to a lot of the R&B out right now like your Chris Browns and August Alsinas.
Kind of, but not really.

Why is that?
We kind of do our best to try to censor some of these things because music is programming. Kids get it into their system and they begin to act it out. So I try to monitor what they listen to.

How do you manage after being in the industry for so long to say relevant when there are so many R&B artists that are not talking about the same things that they were ten years ago?
I don’t know, maybe it’s because I don’t sing about the same things that everyone else is right now. The thing that I do, you can only get from me. I hear what’s out and I make sure sonically I’m in the right place, lyrically and vocally. I also keep my ear to what’s coming in the future and that’s it because you’ve got to compete. You have to fight for it and thankfully I’m still in a space where I can be the best and can’t anyone beat me.

Do you listen to any new artists?
Oh yeah, you’ve got to. If you want to be competitive you’ve got to have your ears to the streets and you have to know what they’re doing. Then you have to figure out whether you want to do it better or different, so I stay connected.

What’s currently rotating on your daily playlist or what does your iPod sound like right now?
You wouldn’t believe my iPod. I listen to Rick Ross, Jeezy and all the trap music. I got the Trigga on play too. My playlist has no bearing on the music that I actually make but like I said, I just like to keep my ear to the streets and be abreast of what’s going on. I also like to turn up when need be so I gotta be prepared. I have to rehearse my turn up on a daily!

Any last words?
Thank you for having me.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Beyonce Knowles-Carter attends the European Premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England.
Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney

Beyoncè Shells Out Ivy Park Goodies To Janelle Monae, Yara Shahidi, Kelly Rowland And More

We're less than 24 hours away from the full release of Beyoncè's Ivy Park collaboration with Adidas and fans are beyond ready, thanks to her brilliant orange box preview.

The entertainer and businesswoman gifted her family and celebrity pals with treasure trunks of goodies. From Solange to Yara Shahidi, celebs shared pieces from the collection on social media this week. Adidas announced its multi-year partnership with the mogul last April, making history in the process. The singer is the first black woman to be the sole owner of an athleisure brand. Bey took the steps to own the brand entirely after her initial collab with Topshop in 2016 by purchasing the shares of Phillip Green after sexual harassment claims were filed against him.

“It’s a dream come true to re-launch IVY PARK as the sole owner,” Beyonce said in a statement. It’s her first collaboration with adidas but not her first time building buzz for a product. The legend cleverly shared the mysterious orange boxes in all shapes in sized to her friends, thus creating quite the conversation on social media.

Ivy Park is also creating bigger conversations in the corporate world. According to a November research note by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ivy Park's sales can slowly surpass Kanye West's Yeezy line.

“In-line with adidas approach on other franchises, we would expect there to be a low volume, high priced launch ... to create brand heat and in the following years the brand will likely become more democratized,” the note says.“Initially, Ivy Park will be smaller than Yeezy, but Ivy Park has the potential to be larger, if managed properly,” says Matt Powell, a senior footwear analyst at NPD Group.

We love to see it.

See the celebs bask in their Ivy Park glory below.

Tina Lawson

 

View this post on Instagram

 

I love this couture beautiful Orange IVY PARK Adidas dress thanks @beyonce. @ivyparkadidas @ivypark. @beyonce. @dougspearman

A post shared by Tina Knowles (@mstinalawson) on Jan 12, 2020 at 1:27pm PST

Reese Witherspoon

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Thank you, @Beyonce for the #IvyPark swag!

A post shared by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on Jan 15, 2020 at 2:28pm PST

Janelle Monae

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Thank you Bey for these @weareivypark pieces ! And a special thank you for my new hide out where I’ll bey escaping my duties . S O proud of you ! Luhhhhh uuuuu @beyonce swiiiipe ☄️

A post shared by Janelle Monáe (@janellemonae) on Jan 15, 2020 at 10:35pm PST

Hailey Bieber

[email protected] unboxing her #adidasxIVYPARK package. pic.twitter.com/Y3rcxIDhCe

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) January 15, 2020

Kelly Rowland

[email protected] unboxing her #adidasxIVYPARK package. pic.twitter.com/vGqwwnZrnl

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) January 16, 2020

Yara Shahidi

 

View this post on Instagram

 

ADDIDASXIVYPARK PEEK

A post shared by Yara (يارا‎) Shahidi (@yarashahidi) on Jan 10, 2020 at 11:41pm PST

Scottie Beam

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Check my instastories to see what Beyonce SELECTED for me. Lmfao! Thank you so so much @weareivypark @beyonce ✨ THE INFEED PHOTO IS COMING!

A post shared by scottiebeam (@scottiebeam) on Jan 17, 2020 at 6:48am PST

Ellen DeGeneres

Thank you, @Beyonce. I love my big orange box. Your new clothes are really cool too. #adidasxIVYPARK @adidas pic.twitter.com/ecTxZ5o0CG

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 15, 2020

Missy Elliott

Thank you so much @Beyonce I am soooooooo humbly grateful you are a GEM! Lol the box was so big I was scared to open I thought a whole human was gonna jump out but this FYE sis #IVYPARK I LOVE IT! pic.twitter.com/hJbrfDWvXL

— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 16, 2020

Diplo

[email protected] unboxing his #adidasxIVYPARK package. pic.twitter.com/D2BKKVzLBw

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) January 14, 2020

Zendaya

Zendaya has gotten her Ivy Park box....#IvyParkXAdidas #IvyPark #adidasxIVYPARK #adidas pic.twitter.com/fLYdYAVyWn

— Yoncé Headlines (@YonceHeadlines) January 15, 2020

Kim Kimble

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Thank you @beyonce @weareivypark @adidas for this drip and I’m going to buy some as well

A post shared by Kim Kimble (@kimblehaircare) on Jan 15, 2020 at 4:07pm PST

Rita Ora

Rita Ora out and about in her Ivy Park x Adidas wear. pic.twitter.com/hFt4OQjE4v

— Beyoncé, Period! (@ourhermitage) January 16, 2020

Quincy

Diddy’s son, Quincy, also got a box of the upcoming Ivy Park/Adidas collection, officially dropping on the 18th of January, 2020 pic.twitter.com/rUJOWgy2l4

— Beyoncé, Period! (@ourhermitage) January 12, 2020

Cardi B

 

View this post on Instagram

 

That new @weareivypark bomb

A post shared by Cardib (@iamcardib) on Jan 13, 2020 at 10:15pm PST

Laverne Cox

https://twitter.com/BeyLegion/status/1216405687862988806

 

View this post on Instagram

 

#mood4eva in my Adidas X IVY Park ... #mood #TransIsBeautiful @adidas @weareivypark @beyonce #DisclosureDoc

A post shared by laverne cox (@lavernecox) on Jan 16, 2020 at 12:00pm PST

Michelle Williams

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Looks coming soooooooooon!!! “I GOT IT” by @rickydillard is appropriate! @beyonce @weareivypark @adidas!! Ok bye for now!!

A post shared by Michelle Williams (@michellewilliams) on Jan 16, 2020 at 2:03pm PST

Solange

Solange getting the Ivy Park x Adidas from her sis pic.twitter.com/G2bRO2lTYc

— | IVY PARK X ADIDAS ON JAN 18th (@beysarayonce) January 15, 2020

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner got a Ivy Park box...#IvyParkXAdidas #IvyPark #adidasxIVYPARK #adidas pic.twitter.com/79LGysUZBp

— Yoncé Headlines (@YonceHeadlines) January 17, 2020

Keke Palmer

 

View this post on Instagram

 

why do i feel like the whole planet earth is going to wear ivy park? — #beyonce #beyoncé #queen #queenb #yoncé #rumiandsir #rumiandsircarter #rumicarter #sircarter #blueivy #blueivycarter #jayz #jayonce #beyonceandjayz #thecarters #sashafierce #beyhives #beyhive #beckywiththegoodhair #ivypark #ivyparkbeyonce #weareivypark #ivypark2020 #2020 #beyonce2020 #beyoncephotoshoot #beyonceoutfit #flawless

A post shared by (@bivyslife) on Jan 17, 2020 at 4:36am PST

Continue Reading
Versace

Jennifer Lopez's Iconic Versace Dress To Be Transformed Into Swanky Watch

The iconic Versace dress worn by Jennifer Lopez that sparked the creation of Google Images is now a luxurious watch.

To mark the brand's Spring-Summer 2020 collection, the brand has decided to reprise the Medusa Frame jungle print by way of a sleek timepiece. In addition to the new collection, this also marks the 20th anniversary of Donatella Versace's legendary jungle print. Roman numbers are found in the dial along with an interchangeable black leather strap for additional styling. The piece will cause Versace and J.Lo fans a pretty penny at $1,495.00 when it hits retailers in May.

Since her jaw-dropping fashion moment, the actress-singer has rocked the print a few times. A jumpsuit version was worn in the visuals for "I Luv Ya Papi" back in 2014 with a revamped version of the gown making its way to Milan Fashion Week in 2019.

But the jungle print wristwatch isn't the only second coming of the print. The brand will also release shirts, heart-shaped necklaces, Squalo sneakers and beaded as a three-dimensional décor on Virtus handbags.

Originally worn to the Grammys in 2000, Lopez's take on the dress was both a music and fashion moment. Although the dress was worn by Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, Donatella Versace and Sandra Bullock (in another color), Lopez's daring look cemented her spot in pop culture.

“I really didn’t think about it. I didn’t think it was all that risqué, to be honest,” Lopez told Vogue in 2019. “I was more excited it was the Grammys. I wasn’t even thinking about the dress all that much. I was just glad I had something to wear.”

Check out the watch below.

 

 

 

Continue Reading
Supporters of singer R. Kelly, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, leave after the singer's arraignment at the Dirksen Federal Building on July 16, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Azriel Clary Contemplates Working With Feds In R. Kelly Case After Fight With Joycelyn Savage

The case against R. Kelly has continued to grow new legs as Azriel Clary has contemplated working with authorities following her fight with former girlfriend Joycelyn Savage.

This week, the 22-year-old returned home after getting into a physical altercation with the 24-year-old at Kelly's residence at the Trump Towers in Chicago. The fight (or screams) were heard on Clary's Instagram Live Wednesday (Jan. 8). After returning home and pressing charges against Savage, Clary is now interested in working with the federal agents in the assault case against R. Kelly. Sources tell TMZ "she now wants to help law enforcement with its investigation into Kelly, but she has a huge hang-up—she's terrified because she's lied to federal agents several times in the past." Clary also signed an NDA during her relationship with Kelly.

During her fight with Savage on Instagram Live, the aspiring singer says multiple times the two engaged in sexual activity when she was a minor, an allegation she denied in their joint interview with Gayle King and with the feds. Elsewhere in her Live, she admitted Kelly convinced her and Savage to lie to King during their interview. He also prohibited them from watching the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly. She reportedly saw the documentary after leaving Kelly's residence.

Despite the rumors, federal agents are not involved in the situation between Savage and Clary. Savage was formally charged with misdemeanor battery and made bond. She is expected to return to court in a few weeks. Savage was also briefly reunited with her family this week.

Clary's mother Alice Clary spoke with PEOPLE about the welfare of her daughter and urged the public to see her as a victim, not a willing participant in Kelly's alleged behavior. “Everybody has something to say, she was 17 when she left. Now she’s 22, but guess what? She’s had problems for the last few years,” she said. “She may have done things as far as being grown physically as a young woman, but mentally no. She still has the mental capacity of a 17-year-old because he kept her stagnated for years and didn’t let her be with her family.”

“The battle is won because she’s still here, she’s still alive, she’s still breathing and though she lost a few years of her life, she’s still here to tell her story,” she added. “Because I chose not to keep her secluded in her life, she’s here now and we’re able to say the victory is won because she finally came to her senses and she’s back home with her family.” Now that her daughter is home, Alice Clary is focused on helping her daughter move on from her ordeal with Kelly.

As the families continue to help their children, the public has weaved their own theories into why Clary decided to leave Kelly's grip. Bloggers like Tasha K, who have reported on Kelly's predatory behavior, reported Wednesday (Jan. 8) a possible reason for Clary and Savage's fight. Clary allegedly arrived at the condo with a man, a rule-breaker in the condo. When Savage approached her about breaking the rules, the two got into a scuffle as Kelly's helper named Kimberly watched.

Lifetime followed up their acclaimed documentary with Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning earlier this month with follow up interviews with his victims and notably, Dominque Gardner who was rescued by her mother in the first doc.

Continue Reading

Top Stories