All this TGT drama that bubbled up on social media the last couple of weeks sparked conversation about which of the three members is the biggest asset to the group and while Ginuwine is the most successful recording artist of the three, these conversations refocused the spotlight on how underrated Tank is of the three. With almost two decades of experience on his resume, it feels like Tank has spent his entire singing career riding the verge of a major breakthrough but never quite getting the proper chance to fully execute that breakthrough. It doesn’t help that according to all of the digital retailers and streaming services out there, his singing career didn’t start until 2010 because he was unfortunately signed to the biggest scam of a label – Blackground Records – and his first three albums are out of print physically and digitally. Adding insult to injury, they’re his three best albums, especially his overlooked-when-it-was-released sophomore album One Man. Check out the highlights below for proof!
The album’s lead single was essentially “Maybe I Deserve” with hindsight as he pledged loyalty and fidelity to his woman complete with a faux-church to emphasize his sincerity.
A percolating Sexual Healing for the 2000s, Tank was able to deliver the same kind of bluntly sexual lyrics as the other R&B thugs of the time with a lot more finesse.
Laying it on even thicker with the silky smooth falsetto and smooth jazz guitar, strings and saxophone, a one night stand never sounded quite so classy.
Cake and Ice Cream feat. Heat
Before anyone was trapped in any closets, Tank was overindulging in “cake and ice cream”. Usually mé·nage à trois’ are reserved for the bedroom in R&B songs but Tank completely flipped the script by juggling three relationships at the same damn time in very clever songwriting fashion.
From the slow-burning production to the layered vocals, you can just feel the tension in Tank’s ode to doing his damnedest not to be a “one minute man”.
Make Me Wanna Sing feat. Sparkle
Where most R&B singers would just interpolate an old school record into their beat, Tank again flexed his creativity as a producer by revamping the Minnie Riperton classic “Lovin’ You” for the new school and turning it into a simple love song all his own.
Let Me Live feat. Mannie Fresh & Jazze Pha
The credits alone for this track just scream “2002” and while this is very much everything an early ’00s R&B club banger was, it was a good one nonetheless and showed off Tank’s ability to be more than just a seductive or apologetic balladeer.
Another example of his clever songwriting skills, Tank sings both sides in this relationship tug-of-war with one of his smoothest melodies and hooks to date.
So Many Times
There’s only so many ways to sing about sex but Tank linking up with like-minded musical genius Static for this playful recollection of the numerous sexcapades shared by him and his lady added yet another fresh twist (along with the staccato guitar riffs in the background) to the frequently worn out plot.
I Still Believe
Tank’s at his balladeer best fighting for love and this album finale is no different – a simple piano ballad that tugs at the heartstrings and demands he be given another chance (and another listen).
While One Man wasn’t a Gold success like his debut nor did it spawn any certifiable hits like “Maybe I Deserve” and “Please Don’t Go”, the album was a thorough showcase of Tank’s abilities as a singer, songwriter and producer. He’s a true triple threat that’s only gotten better with time and deserves to have his full musical legacy restored for future generations of R&B lovers to discover and enjoy.
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