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Exclusive: Tank Responds To National Anthem Backlash



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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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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