Tank (American singer)

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Tank in 2014
Background information
Birth name Durrell Babbs
Also known as The General
Born (1976-01-01) January 1, 1976 (age 41)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Origin Washington, D.C., U.S.
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts
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 Washington, D.C.. He was a multisport 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 top 40 single "Maybe I Deserve".[3][4] In 2002, Tank released his second album One Man and a single of the same name.[5]

Tank released his third solo album entitled Sex, Love & Pain in May 2007.[6] The lead single of the album was "Please Don't Go", which peaked at number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[4] Later in the year Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese Gibson formed a group called TGT.[7] The group was put on hold due to contractual issues, but would go on to sign a contract with Atlantic Records in September 2012.[8]

Tank released his fourth studio album, Now or Never, in December 2010.[9] Tank collaborated with artists who included Chris Brown, Drake, Letoya Luckett on this project.[10] The singles were "Sex Music", "I Can't Make You Love Me", and "Emergency".[10]

Tank released his fifth studio album entitled This Is How I Feel in May 2012.[11] Tank collaborated with the artists Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T.I. and Kris Stephens on the album.[11] The song "Compliments", featuring Kris Stephens and T.I., was released as the lead single in October 2011.[12]

On September 14, 2013, Tank sang the U.S. national anthem before the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.[13]

His sixth studio album Stronger was released in August 2014. It featured the singles "You're My Star" and the title track, both which peaked in the Top 20 of the Urban AC chart. The album marked a slight departure from his previous releases, focusing on a "retro R&B sound" for the album. Following disappointing sales of the release, as well as no support from his label, Tank had claimed the album would be his last.[14]

In 2015, Tank released a mixtape album If You Were Mine in February. Additionally, later that year, Tank premiered a new single "You Don't Know" featuring Wale. It served as the lead single for his seventh studio album Sex Love & Pain II would be released in January 2016. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart (marking his 5th album to do so) and #15 on the Billboard 200. A second single "#BDAY" followed later that year, in addition to a holiday EP A Classic Christmas Night in December, released independently.

In May 2017, he performed at DC's Black Gay Pride which garnered both criticism and praise, setting off a debate concerning the rare instances male R&B artists perform at LGBT events.[15][16] With the performance of his track "F***in Wit Me" (off the Sex Love & Pain II album), the track cracked the iTunes R&B/Soul chart, despite not being officially released as a single.

Other ventures[edit]

Writing and producing[edit]

Tank's songwriting and production credits include working with Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Dave Hollister, Kelly Rowland, Marques Houston, Omarion, Jamie Foxx, Pitbull, Donell Jones and Monica[2] as a member of the production team The Underdogs and with his own team, Song Dynasty.


He was a contributor to the score of the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, in which he had a cameo. He was also featured in the movie Preacher's Kid.[17] He also played recording company executive Jheryl Busby in The New Edition Story aired in 2017 on BET.

Personal life[edit]

He got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Zena Foster on January 16th, 2017. They've been together since 2005 and share two children, Zion and Zoey.[18][19]

Tank is also the father of three more children from previous relationships: Jordan, Ryen, and Durrell Jr..[20]


Solo albums
Collaborative albums

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2008 Sex, Love & Pain Best R&B Album Nominated [21]
"Please Don't Go" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2011 "Take My Time" (with Chris Brown) Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated [22]

Soul Train Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Category Result Ref.
2014 Himself Best R&B/Soul Male Artist Nominated [23]


  1. ^ a b c Nero, Mark Edward. "Tank: Bodybuilding R&B Singer". about.com. About Entertainment. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Tank Bio". mtv.com. MTV. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Force Of Nature by Tank". iTunes. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Tank - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ "One Man - Tank". Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sex Love & Pain - Tank". Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ "R&B Supergroup TGT Splits Up". Billboard. December 19, 2015. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank Make TGT Group Official". Rap-Up. October 4, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Now or Never - Tank". Allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Now or Never (Deluxe Version) by Tank". iTunes. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "This Is How I Feel (Deluxe Version) by Tank". iTunes. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Tank ‘This Is How I Feel’ LP: Singer ‘Believes In’ Chris Brown, Talks Busta Rhymes’ ‘Fire Alarm’ Phone Call". The Boombox. April 25, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Watch: Tank Sings National Anthem at Mayweather vs Canelo Fight". Vibe. September 15, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Weigh In: R&B Crooner Tank Slams Fans/Music Industry For Not Supporting R&B In Fiery Instagram Rant - That Grape Juice.net - Thirsty?". That Grape Juice.net. 2017-05-23. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  15. ^ "Tank Performed at D.C.'s Black LGBT Pride and Now The Internet Is at War". Bet.com. 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  16. ^ tyrese sanders (2009-11-08). "tyrese sanders on Twitter: "So Tank really did do Pride. https://t.co/BAZHN7itwy"". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2017-05-31.  External link in |title= (help)
  17. ^ "SR Gospel: LeToya, Tank Preacher’s Kid In Theaters, Plus BMI Trailblazers". Singersroom.com. January 9, 2010. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  18. ^ Billboard (2017-01-31). "Tank Proposes to Longtime Girlfriend". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  19. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  20. ^ Tank (2015-06-20). "Father's Day Exclusive: Tank Pens Heartfelt Letters To His Five Kids". Essence.com. Retrieved 2016-11-02. 
  21. ^ "2008 Grammy Award Winners and Nominees". The New York Times. February 9, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Grammy Awards 2011: Winners and nominees for 53rd Grammy Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations". Billboard. October 13, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 

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