INTERVIEW: Tank Talks ‘Sex, Love & Pain 2’ Album, Collab With Chris Brown & Why His First Three Albums Aren’t On iTunes


Tank is one hard working man. Just a year after releasing his Stronger album, the DMV native is gearing up to drop his new album Sex, Love & Pain 2 in December. The album serves as the sequel to Tank’s critically-acclaimed 2007 LP Sex, Love & Pain, which included his breakthrough single “Please Don’t Go.”

That’s not all, though. In between preparing for his new project, Tank is also getting ready to work on season two of TV One’s hit show Born Again Virgin. After earning impressive ratings throughout the first season, it was quickly renewed for a follow-up.

In a candid interview with Rated R&B, Tank talks about Born Again Virgin’s success, Sex, Love & Pain 2, his new record label and why his first three albums aren’t available on iTunes.

RATED R&B: Congrats on Born Again Virgin for getting renewed for a second season. How does it feel?

TANK: I love it! I think it’s a testimony to the fact that we have something good and something that people want to see. I’m excited. We had our highest rating show last week. The audience is growing. We’ll be back with a second season to give them more. The second season is pretty hysterical.

RATED R&B: Your new single “You Don’t Know” is out now and we love it! Tell us more about the record and what made you choose to enlist Wale?

TANK: Well, Eric Bellinger brought me a few records – I always call him when I’m making a new album. I said “Ooh, wee! That is something right there.” So, I recorded it and as I’m recording it I’m thinking somehow we’ve got to collab with somebody and make this a cool event. For me, the only person that made sense in terms of just how much nostalgic value the record has and how its speaking to the ladies. Wale was just an easy choice for that. It’s an opportunity for two hometown heroes – us being from the DMV – to finally connect and bring together something real cool.

RATED R&B: We hear you have a new record with Chris Brown on the album.

TANK: Me and CB always do something cool. I think this collaboration is probably our best one yet. It’s called “Birthday” and I have Siyah on the record, as well as Problem. It was just one of those things where it was like we started singing this birthday hook and it was kinda like, “This would be kind of cool – a birthday song. There hasn’t been a birthday song in a while – an R&B one and a cool one — let’s just roll with it.” We wrote the verse and I said “You know what, CB will kill the hook.” So I go over to the studio, play it for him and he was like “I love it! I need to sing the second verse too” [laughs]. We worked it out. We mixed it. We have Problem rapping. We Have Siyah rapping. It’s going to be our single to the DJ’s and to all the mix shows and all that stuff. It’s going to be out at the top of next month.

RATED R&B: Sex, Love & Pain 2 is the sequel to your 2007. Why do you believe a sequel was needed?

TANK: I feel like it was two people that did it. Of course, the fans they were screaming for it — “Aye! You need to do another Sex Love & Pain.” A lot of people feel like that was my best album. It was the first album that got me nominated for a Grammy. It was a great work. I think I needed to get back to that space of Sex Love & Pain because of the process of how we made that album. We just wanted to make some cool music. There was no pressure on us. There was no deadline. There was nothing. We made music on the edge of that line – that R&B line. We pushed the limits of R&B at that moment. This is that album. I wanted to get back to that energy, get back to that edge of R&B and getting back to pushing that line. I feel like it’s time.

RATED R&B: Did you work with the same producers on this album?

TANK: No. I kind of switched it up. I produced a lot of that album. I [also] worked with Brandon Hines out of Atlanta. He really set the tone of the tankalbum. He just brought me music that I felt like was the 2016 version of R&B music. Once he gave me those tracks, I knew where I wanted to go from there. I built around that. So we got him, I did about three or four songs and two more producers on there and that’s it. Most of the album is just me and [Brandon]. We locked in and found some magic.

RATED R&B: With all the success you had with SLP, do you feel pressured to outdo it this time around?

TANK: No, no pressure at all. Like I said when I made that album, I was just having fun. I’m just having fun making this album too. Hopefully, the people will respond to it. But for me, I’m just having a good time doing music. This is the music I want to sing. This is the music that I want to put out there. This is the energy I’m trying to get out there and let people know there’s Tank. Hopefully, they’ll receive it. I think they’ll feel good about it.

RATED R&B: We hear you launched a label called RnB Money. Is this true?

TANK: Yes, that’s the name of my label. My album will be the first offering off of that label.

RATED R&B: So, we noticed SLP isn’t on iTunes or any other digital retailer. What happened?

TANK: You would have to call Blackground Records and ask them why they don’t want to release any of my first three albums and why they don’t want to make any money and why they won’t let me make any money. That’s a conversation for them. They own the first three albums so it’s not really a lot I can do about that. That’s on them. They’ve got some good music that’s just sitting there collecting dust, which could be making a lot of money for them as well as myself. I got to keep moving on. There’s nothing I can do about that. Hence, we have SLP2. I’m able to continue to create the content and live on.

RATED R&B: Is there anything else you have coming up?

TANK: Yes, we’re going to start a promo tour in the middle of next month. We’re going to go everywhere we can go. We’re going to get back out there and run for president. That’s what that campaign looks like. We’re going city to city. We’re going to do listening parties, hosting, shows, radio, in-stores, everything. We’re going to take it back to the old school and hit these streets and really grind it out.

Make sure you follow Tank on Twitter/Instagram at @TheRealTank. Also, buy his new single “You Don’t Know” featuring Wale on iTunes.

Chris Brown Releases Deluxe Edition of ‘Heartbreak on a Full Moon’

Seriously, how much music does Chris Brown have on his hard drive? After dropping his 45-track album Heartbreak on a Full Moon on Halloween, the Virginia native returns with a deluxe edition.

The updated version includes 12 new songs (a total of 57 tracks) with guest appearances from Ella Mai, Agnez Mo, Trippie Redd and Solo Lucci.

Brown teased fans on Tuesday night with a cryptic message on Twitter.

Stream the deluxe edition of Heartbreak on a Full Moon below.

5 R&B Artists Who Should’ve Been Nominated for a 2018 Grammy

Nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and as predicted Bruno Mars led the R&B pack with six nods including Best R&B Album for 24k Magic. Childish Gambino, Khalid and SZA followed with five nominations each.

As artists thanked the Recording Academy for their consideration, some fans and critics called out the Academy for snubbing certain artists. Many fans were in shock when artists like Mary J. Blige and Tamar Braxton did not receive any nominations.

Although nothing can be changed at this point, here are five artists who should’ve been nominated for a 2018 Grammy.

Best R&B Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.)

“Before I Do” — Sevyn Streeter

It is safe to say the Recording Academy missed the mark by not nominating “Before I Do” by Sevyn Streeter. Lifted from her long-overdue debut album, Girl Disrupted, the guitar-led tune helped Sevyn claim her first No. 1 single on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. The slow jam had the singer-songwriter proclaiming her readiness for love. Feeling considered that her man of interest is already taken, she asked valid questions before she made a decision with her heart. Along with daunting lyrics, Streeter’s silky voice meshed well behind the elements of “At Your Best (You Are Love)” by the Isley Brothers and covered by the late Aaliyah.

Best Traditional R&B Performance
(For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.)

“Blind” by Tamar Braxton

It is obvious that Tamar Braxton’s team and other music industry leaders overlooked the Bluebird of Happiness ballad “Blind” for this ideal category. Containing an interpolation of “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James, the emotionally charged song includes the needed qualities – instrumental traditional R&B recordings – to justify a worthy nomination.

Best R&B Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

“U + Me (Love Lesson)” — Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge, Charles “Prince Charlez” Hinshaw and David D. Brown & Mary J. Blige, songwriters (Mary J. Blige)

Even though Mary J. Blige’s “Thick of It” remained atop the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart for 16 weeks, it was her follow-up single “U + Me (Love Lesson)” that caused a frenzy. Co-written by Blige, Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge, Charles “Prince Charlez” Hinshaw and David D. Brown, the honest tune is arguably one of the most underrated R&B songs of the year. The well-composed jam recounts Blige’s gut feelings after filing for divorce from her manager-husband of 12 years. Must’ve been crazy to think that you loved me / I saw all the signs but I just couldn’t say nothing,” she sings.

Best Urban Contemporary Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)

Savage — Tank

Tank’s music deserves more love from the Grammys – especially his newly released album, Savage. With eight solo projects – dating back to 2001’s Force of Nature – under his belt, it is a shame that his 2007 Sex, Love & Pain release is his only full-length project nominated for Grammy. Tank’s latest single “When We” is currently commanding urban adult contemporary radio. It also cracked the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 92 this week, making him one of the first solo R&B artists to achieve this feat this year.

Best R&B Album
(For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.)

Back 2 Life — LeToya Luckett

After a six-year hiatus from music, LeToya Luckett made a comeback with her third album, Back 2 Life.The singer-actress blessed fans with a 13-track LP filled with fresh quality material. From the album’s introductory track “I’m Ready” to its lead single “B2L,” which reached No. 6 on urban adult contemporary radio, the modern release warranted more RESPECK.

The 60th Grammy Awards will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 on CBS.

Tell us your thoughts on the Grammy nominations below! 

Chart Check: Lyrica Anderson and A1 Heat Up Urban Radio, K. Michelle Lands on Urban AC

Lyrica Anderson A1 Bentley K. Michelle

Welcome back to another edition of Chart Check! Each week, Rated R&B provides detailed insight to the chart movements of your favorite R&B artists and R&B songs. In this updated format, we will discuss Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs (Urban AC) and Nielsen’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay (Urban) charts extensively. Read below for more information on the week of November 25, 2017:

Urban Radio

Cassie has officially returned with her new single “Love a Loser.” The song, which features rapper G-Eazy, received 14 adds on urban radio formats in the latest tracking week. This is Cassie’s first single since “The Boys” with Nicki Minaj, which was released in 2012.

Married musicians and Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood” stars Lyrica Anderson and Floyd “A1” Bentley have been working behind the scenes writing and producing songs for other artists for years, but 2017 is looking to be the year for their own work to finally take off. This week, A1’s SWV-sampled single “Always” landed on the official urban radio chart at No. 40. The song, which features Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign, gained a 213 spin increase since last week. Meanwhile, Lyrica is floating four spots under with her tune “Don’t Take it Personal,” which is the lead single from her recently released album Adia. The song was spun 496 times and picked up one add at urban radio in the latest tracking week.

N.E.R.D. and Rihanna are two of the music industry’s most elusive acts, but they may have a hit on their hands with their new collaboration “Lemon.” After being released just a few short weeks ago, the bouncy banger has officially landed on the Urban radio chart at No. 39. The song garnered a whopping 420 spin increase at urban formats, the third-most in the latest tracking week.

Urban AC Radio

dvsn is ready to multiply their recent success by sending their first single to radio. That’s right: “Mood” has been selected as the first radio single from their latest album Morning After, which was released on Oct. 13. The single received eight adds on R&B radio formats, which is the most for the latest tracking week.

MAJOR. has returned to the R&B scene with his new single “Honest,” which leapt onto the Urban AC chart at No. 17 last week. The momentum continues this week as the piano driven ballad skips 17-16, garnering a 60 spin increase since last week. The song also received six more adds at R&B radio formats.

With her first charting single, K. Michelle’s new era has officially begun! This week, “Make This Song Cry” landed at No. 27 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart, thanks to a 51 spin increase since last week. This is the first radio single from the Memphis-bred singer’s upcoming fourth studio album Kimberly: The People I Used to Know, which is set for a Dec. 8 release date.

Quick Notes

And in quick notes: Miguel’s War & Leisure lead single “Sky Walker” is picking up speed as it rises 16-14 on this week’s Urban radio chart. The single received a 282 spin increase and has crossed the 10 million mark in urban radio audience; Rapper DeJ Loaf and singer Jacquees’ new single “At The Club” continues to rise on urban radio, sitting just 3 spots below the official chart. The song received four adds in the latest tracking week; John Legend’s newest Darkness & Light single “Penthouse Floor” debuts at No. 26 on this week’s Urban AC chart. The song, which features Chance the Rapper, was the highest debut of the week; and finally, Kenny Lattimore has finally made a “Push” right onto the Urban AC chart, as he is the last of the three debuts this week. His new single, from his new album Vulnerable, landed at No. 28 with a total of 211 spins at R&B radio and formats.

What about you? Are you feeling Lyrica and A1’s new singles? How well do you think Cassie’s new song will do? Did you enjoy this week’s Chart Check? Let us know how you feel in the comment section below!

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