R&B star Tank has dropped his 8th studio album and it’s titled Savage for good reason. With an edgier sound, NSFW lyrics and adult subject matter the multi-Grammy nominated crooner is definitely taking some risks and pushing the envelope with his new material.
“I wanted to push the line with R&B and how aggressive it is,” he said. “How it’s sang, the words we use, the subject matter, I wanted to push the line.”
And one listen to his lead single “When We” and you’ll know exactly what he means.
“I’m sure there are going to be some people that are like ‘oh my God’ I can’t believe he said that. Then there are going to be some people who are really excited about it too, some closet freaks,” he joked. “But that’s the objective to be seen and to be heard as an R&B singer.”
And it’s that “savage” mentality that’s allowed the award-winning songwriter and producer to stay the course for the last 17 years.
“We are always trying to be better than our last effort, that’s always the challenge,” he explained. “But when you think about the time, “Maybe I Deserve” which was my first record came out in 2000, this is 17 years later, so to put out an album [now] that people still care about is pretty cool.”
Savage, which features appearances by Candice Boyd, J. Valentine, Ludacris, and labelmate Trey Songz as well as production from Da Internz, Harmony Samuels, and Cardiak is available now for download and purchase.
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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