Tank (American singer)

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Birth name Durrell Babbs
Also known as The General
Born (1976-01-01) January 1, 1976 (age 39)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Origin Washington, D.C., US
Genres R&B, pop, soul, hip hop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer, dancer, actor, model, musician
Instruments Vocals, keyboard, piano, drums, sampler
Years active 1995–present
Labels Blackground (2000–2009), Atlantic (2010–present)
Associated acts TGT, Tyrese, Ginuwine, The Underdogs, Aaliyah, Omarion, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Kris Stephens, T.I., Dave Hollister, The Game
Website www.TheRealTank.com

Durrell Babbs (born January 1, 1976),[1] better known by his stage name Tank, is an American R&B singer, songwriter and producer.

Early life[edit]

Tank was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,[2] and moved with his family as a child to the Washington, D.C.. He was a multi-sport athlete at Crossland High School and was offered the opportunity to play college football.[1] However, Tank decided to focus on music and his talent eventually led him to an opportunity to sing background vocals for Ginuwine during one of Ginuwine's tours.[1]

Music career[edit]

In 2001, following Ginuwine's successful tour, Tank released his debut album Force of Nature which spawned the R&B Top Ten single "Maybe I Deserve". In 2002, Tank released his second album One Man and a single of the same name.

Tank released his third solo album entitled Sex, Love & Pain on May 15, 2007. The lead single was intended to be "I Luv Dem Girls", but for unknown reasons the song was given to Marques Houston who renamed it "Strip Club" (intending to place it on his third solo album Veteran). However, "Strip Club" did not make Veteran so the final single was the Timbaland remix to "I Luv Dem Girls". The second single was "Please Don't Go". Later in the year Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese Gibson formed a group called TGT. Their first single was a remix of "Please Don't Go". The group was put on hold due to contractional issues, but made it official by signing a contract with Atlantic Records in September 2012.

Tank released his fourth studio album, Now or Never, on December 14, 2010. Tank collaborated with other artists on this project like Chris Brown, Drake, Letoya Luckett and many other artists. The singles were "Sex Music", "I Can't Make You Love Me", and "Emergency".

Tank released his fifth studio album entitled This Is How I Feel on May 8, 2012. Tank collaborated with the artists Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T.I. and Kris Stephens on the album. The song "Compliments", featuring Kris Stephens and T.I., was released as the album's lead single on October 17, 2011. The song "Next Breath" was released on January 3, 2012 as the second single of the album.

On September 14, 2013, Tank sang the U.S. national anthem before the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Other ventures[edit]

Writing & producing[edit]

Tank's songwriting and production credits include working with Beyonce, Dave Hollister, Aaliyah, Kelly Rowland, Marques Houston, Omarion, Jamie Foxx, Pitbull, Donell Jones and Monica[2] amongst others as an associate of the production team The Underdogs and also with his team, Song Dynasty.


He was a contributor to the score of the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, in which he also had a cameo. He was also featured in the movie Preacher's Kid. Tank had also co-starred "It Ain't Easy" also starring rapper Mack 10.

Personal life[edit]

Tank is the father of five children: Jordan, Ryen, Zoey, Durrell Jr. and Zion[3]



List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Force of Nature 7 1
One Man 20 4
  • RIAA: Gold
Sex, Love & Pain 2 1
Now or Never 35 10
This Is How I Feel 9 1
Three Kings
(with Ginuwine and Tyrese as TGT)
  • Released: August 20, 2013
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: CD, digital download
3 1
  • Released: August 12, 2014
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: CD, digital download
13 1


Tank's mixtapes and details
Title Mixtape details
Diary Of A Mad Man[7]
  • Released: September 29, 2011
High Piano Dreams
  • Released: TBA, 2014
If You Were Mine
  • Released: February 10, 2015


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US R&B US Adult
(featuring Do or Die)
2000 Non-album singles
"Maybe I Deserve" 2001 38 7 Force of Nature
"Slowly" 43
"One Man" 2002 107 25 One Man
"Let Me Live"
(featuring Mannie Fresh and Jazze Pha)
"I Love Them Girls"
(featuring Lil Wayne)
2005 Sex, Love & Pain
"Please Don't Go" 2007 42 2 1
"Heartbreaker" 37
"Sex Music" 2010 29 20 Now or Never
"I Can't Make You Love Me" 64 27
"Emergency" 121 23 7
(featuring Drake)
2011 73 29
(featuring Kris Stephens and T.I.)
75 This Is How I Feel
"Next Breath" 2012 27 1
"Sex Never Felt Better"
(with Ginuwine and Tyrese as TGT)
2013 13 Three Kings
"Shots Fired"
(featuring Chris Brown)
High Piano Dreams (mixtape)
"I Need"
(with Ginuwine and Tyrese as TGT)
15 Three Kings
"You're My Star" 2014 7 6 Stronger
"Stronger" 16 13
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Come Over"
(Aaliyah featuring Tank and Changing Faces)
2002 32 9 I Care 4 U
"Tonite, I'm Yours"
(Lil Zane featuring Tank)
2003 87 The Big Zane Theory
"She Don't Put It Down"
(Joe Budden featuring Tank and Lil Wayne)
2011 96 32 No Love Lost
"Let Me In"
(David Banner featuring Tank)
2012 Sex, Drugs & Video Games
(Kevin McCall featuring Tank)
2013 Definition
"Love Like This (Remix)"
(Olivia featuring Tank)
Non-album single

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Race Against Time II" 2001 Ja Rule The Fast & The Furious
"Good Enough" 2003 Brian McKnight, Joe, Carl Thomas, Tyrese U-Turn
"Stronger Everyday" 2004 Jon B. Stronger Everyday
"Let Me See It" 2005 Master P, C-Los, Pop, Black, Lil' D, Ruga Ghetto Bill: The Best Hustler in the Game
"Shake What Ya Got" Master P, C-Los, Black, Pop
"Hood Starr" Master P, Lil' D, C-Los, Black
"The Show" 2007 Kelly Rowland Ms. Kelly
"If You Dream" 2009 Tyrese, Toni Braxton, Jordin Sparks, Omarion, Faith Evans, JoJo, Charlie Wilson, Tamar Braxton, Steve Russell More Than A Game
"Take My Time" Chris Brown Graffiti
"On My Grind" 2010 Omarion Ollusion
"Tonight Is The Night" N/A Preacher's Kid
"Take Good Care Of Your Heart" LeToya
"Tired of Doing Me" Keyshia Cole Calling All Hearts
"Special Occasion" 2012 Diggy Simmons Unexpected Arrival
"Over" Willie Taylor The Reintroduction Of Willie Taylor
"Admire" Omarion, Problem Care Package
"See No Evil" Game, Kendrick Lamar Jesus Piece
"High" 2013 Kevin McCall Definition
"Let Go" Iamsu! Kilt II
"We Aint The Same"[8] Los, Twista Becoming King
"Lay Your Head Back"[9] Problem, Chris Brown, Terrace Martin The Separation


  • Grammy Award Nominations
    • 2008, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance: "Please Don't Go"
    • 2008, Best R&B Album: Sex, Love & Pain
    • 2010, Best R&B Song: "Under"
    • 2011, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group: "Take My Time" with Chris Brown


  1. ^ a b c Nero, Mark Edward. "Tank: Bodybuilding R&B Singer". about.com. About Entertainment. Retrieved 2015-01-19. 
  2. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Tank Bio". mtv.com. MTV. Retrieved 2015-01-19. 
  3. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2008/01/21/cbb-exclusive-i-4/
  4. ^ "Tyrese Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Tyrese Album & Song Chart History – R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Search Results". Billboard.com. Billboard. 2001-01-21. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  7. ^ Tank. "Diary Of A Mad Man". MixBoot. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Los' "Becoming King" Mixtape Is Out Now". Complex. April 25, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.24312/title.problem-the-separation-mixtape-tracklist-cover-art

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