Premiere: Tank Lets The Freaky Flag Fly In "When We" Visual

Once you enter the realm of R&B/Soul as an artist, your sex-loving freaky card has to stay valid and Tank, the Baron of The Bedroom, makes sure his is always up to date.

Once you enter the realm of R&B/Soul as an artist, your sex-loving freaky card has to stay valid and Tank, the Baron of The Bedroom, makes sure his is always up to date.

The budding actor of this year's hit BET mini-series The New Edition Story (who played the iconic music executive Jheryl Busby to critical acclaim), returned to his music roots to release the steamy single "When We" off his forthcoming album Savage, that drips of sultriness and desire. "I wanted to be aggressive. Unapologetically aggressive too," Tank says about his eighth studio album. "I just feel like for R&B music, especially my type of R&B, there needs to be some type of statement made. We can’t continue to speak softly in the hallways."

A staunch protector of the R&B genre, the "Maybe I Deserve" singer believes it's time to make some noise and step up the push for more light on his occupation. "In order for [R&B] to get some space we gonna have to move our elbows a little bit and be savages about it." With seven previous solo projects behind him, a successful yet wild run with his band of brothers in R&B trio TGT (featuring Tyrese Gibson and Ginuwine), Tank just wants to create music that can fit in all formats of soul.

"[I wanted] to dedicate a project that's part of all the playlists," he says. "If Gucci is playing, add some Tank as well." The album's vibe is still in the pocket of what he deems his core has always been. "It's a relationship record. That's what my music is based on," Tank reveals. "It's about a woman. R&B has always been truthful because you just had to tell the truth to be heard."

The video for "When We" takes a hardcore, visually stimulating approach to the dream-like sequence of fantasy foreplay that leads to the kind of sex your mind defines as epic. One can imagine what his 14-city Savage Tour will entail, once he hits stages across the country. Starting September 5 in Nashville, Tennessee, Tank will also give local acts in each location the chance to open his show.

"For R&B there aren’t a lot of stages and TV shows and radio bandwidth dedicated to [the genre], so I feel it’s my responsibility to create opportunity for new artists," he says. "Every city I go to, every city, there will be a local opening act. I’m going on Instagram, giving them 60 seconds at #OpenForTankSavageTour and I’m looking. I’m picking them myself, I’m watching all these videos of men, women, groups, dogs, I don’t care who it is. If you barking R&B and I like you, you gonna get on that stage [Laughs]."

So if you are howling that old hound soul, get on IG and shine, because Tank is watching. Now peep the video above.

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Premiere: Robin Thicke Keeps Love Alive With "Forever Mine"

The smooth sounds of R&B never get old. When it comes to the soothing tunes of Robin Thicke, they're no exception. To bring that heart-warming vibe to our days of self-quarantine, the soul singer is delivering a new track titled "Forever Mine."

As the piano, guitar, bass, saxophone, muted trumpet, and drums set the jazzy tempo, Thicke sings about holding on to the love of your life while keeping the romance alive. No matter how long it takes or what's going on in the world.

"Made for each other, feels like no other / Once in a lifetime, can't let a love like this pass you by," he croons. "Tell me your stories and I will tell you mine / I don’t mind living in paradise..."

"When you meet the perfect someone, you can’t let them slip away,” said Thicke to VIBE when asked about his new single. The 5-time Grammy Award nominee and The Masked Singer judge shared the personal significance of the new record, adding: “'Forever Mine’ was the last record I finished with Andre Harrell, my mentor, executive producer, and Godfather to my son Julian."

During BET and REVOLT's A Tribute to Andre Harrell: Mr. Champagne & Bubbles special on Sunday night, Thicke revealed that Harrell gave a "stamp of approval" for this single one week before his untimely passing and teased the song for viewers hear.

Play Robin Thicke's new record, "Forever Mine," which is slated to appear on his upcoming studio album.

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Premiere: Sean Paul's New "Back It Up Deh" Video Will Get You On Your Feet

As the first—and only—dancehall artist to appear on the cover of VIBE, Sean Paul has been making history and breaking down musical barriers throughout his career. The Grammy-winning hitmaker has collaborated with some of the biggest stars in urban music, from Beyoncé and Rihanna to DMX and Busta Rhymes, but his come-up was driven by raw uncut dancehall straight off the streets of Jamaica. After more than 20 years in the game, Sean is still going strong, dropping his dutty flow alongside the likes of Stefflon Don, Jhene Aiko, and Dua Lipa. But he's not just the go-to for a hot yardstyle 16, he's also an accomplished producer. Sean's Dutty Rock Productions label has released riddims like "Rope," "Gang Gang," "No Caption," and "Callaloo."

Today, VIBE premieres Sean's latest production, "Back It Up Deh," a song that pays tribute to the dancehall queens who bust moves when the bassline drops. "I used to want to go to see what the ladies was wearing," Sean Paul recalled in an exclusive interview with Reshma B in a recent Instagram Live interview. "It was just very sensual outfitting. And then the dancing, it was so free. That's what I really loved about the culture as a kid. You got involved."

Although street dances are on pause during these quarantine times, Sean's latest release and the high-energy video might just have you backing it up while you shelter in place.

"Being able to shoot a music video for the living legend is an amazing privilege by itself," says director Kieran Khan, who has worked with Sean Paul before and was also responsible for Buju Banton's "Trust," in which Sean had a cameo. "So just imagine enhancing that experience by shooting in his hometown of Kingston JA as the backdrop. Having dancers being represented from all over the world definitely made this video an unforgettable experience. This was me and Sean's first collaborative project as director and co-director, and I believe it won't be the last."

Watch the "Back It Up Deh" premiere up top as well as our VIBE & Boomshots Instagram Live interview with Sean Paul below.

 

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Premiere: Elliott Trent Releases New Single "Motions" For The Masses

Ohio is good for more than just the Buckeyes. Columbus native, Elliott Trent is the latest talented offering from the perennial swing state. With writing credits for the likes of Chris Brown with "Flashbacks" on his Indigo album, to penning six out of eight songs on the Usher and Zaytoven 2018 collab project A, Trent has been a quiet force behind the scenes. In 2017, he emerged by way of linking with fellow Columbus brother Trippe Redd, producing the track "Love Scars."

In 2019, after working with singer Kehlani, Trent released an independent 4-track project titled The DownTime EP. The release is filled with smokey groove odes to the ladies and showcases his love note thoughts.

Yet, with "Motions," his first single from the forthcoming studio EP, Into The Night, Trent continues his deep feelings of catering to the woman he desires. “I was very conscious of putting myself into 'Motions' as soon as I began writing it,” says Trent. “To me the song gives off a lot of confidence in my ability to love a woman the right way and when fans listen to it, I want them to know that I’m giving them bits and pieces of me, my story and who I am.” he explains.

 

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With the full EP scheduled for a June drop on Pivtl Projects, Trent is well on the road to more recognition and probably more requests for songwriting help by the big names in the industry. Friends like strong singer/producer Eric Bellinger have worked with Trent in the past and will support the young bull in his future endeavors.

 

 

 

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