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Exclusive: Tank Responds To National Anthem Backlash

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Tank is finally speaking out about his performance of the National Anthem during last weekend’s Mayweather vs Alvarez fight.

While on the red carpet for Laura Govan’s birthday bash in Hollywood on Saturday night, HipHollywood caught up with Tank to get his reaction on some of the backlash he received after his rendition of the nations anthem.

“I didn’t really see a whole lot of criticism. I saw a lot of people wanting what they wanted. I think that as an individual and as an artist, I have the right to be creative and express that,” Tank explained.

“For the most part the people that understand that and expect that, they love what we did. We broke records with viewership, so I had to do something special. I had do something memorable, and they’re talking, so we’ll take all that,” he added.

After the singer’s performance, Twitter blew up with reactions:

“@TheRealTank just killed that National Anthem,” actor Robbie Jones wrote.

“Lets be very very clear …. My brother @TheRealTank just smashed the national anthem,” TGT’s Tyrese wrote.

But the response to the singer’s vocals weren’t all positive.

NFL Player Takeo Spikes wrote, “Am I the only one that feel like Tank just butchered the national Anthem #RandBremix.”

“Why is Tank making the national anthem sound like a Christmas carol,” another Twitter user wrote on the social media website.

Check out what the singer had to say below:

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  1. rnsone

    September 25, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    It wasn’t that bad,lol.

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It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere

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Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!

Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.

 (L-R)Quavo, Offset and Takeoff perform at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.

 Jaden Smith performs at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.

Bebe Rexha and Machine Gun Kelly arrive at the Premiere Of Netflix’s “Bright” at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.

He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “work with him whenever he wants to.

“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”

In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.

“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”

BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.

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