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

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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.