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

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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.