Tank Sounds Off on the Music Industry
It’s hard in the industry for musicianship these days.
In an era where trendy hooks and drill music along with sexually explicit R&B lyricism rule the airwaves of mainstream, it’s quite understandable as to why recording artist/producer Tank had a music meltdown over the weekend.
As an artist who has a wide vocal range, strong writing hand, and instrumental talent, Tank expressed his harsh reality when it comes to the success or lack thereof of his latest album, Stronger, which dropped in August.
His statement read:
If I look tired it’s because I am. I’m deeply saddened and disappoint that “Stronger” will not get a video or the continued promotion it deserves! I’d love to blame @atlanticrecords but that would be a lie! It’s tough for record companies to continue to fund music that people don’t support! I pride myself on giving you real musicianship, real singing, real lyrical content and being true to the music that inspired my very existence. The problem is there aren’t many people left that want to hear it or buy it and if there are they won’t stand up and be noticed! Who am I doing this for? Who am I maintaining this so called integrity for? Not many as u can tell by my first wk sales..lol. The artist that don’t give a f**k sale the most and do the most! Should that be my new route? Maybe I should have been born white then all of my music would go straight to mainstream and pop radio instead of urban ac.. A format that continues to kill the true R&B artist! (Not mad at white artist just to be clear!) What I do know is that i will not continue to be faithful to something or someone that is not being faithful to me. I love you but I have a family. I have a mom and dad just like you. I have goals and dreams just like you. I refuse to work hard for nothing. I look better, sing better, produce better, write better, and perform better than dam near everybody and this is the thanks I get?.. Again I’m not angry I’m just tired.. Please enjoy my last real R&B album “Stronger” cause you’ll never get another one! #letterfromaking
His point is clear. When it comes to “real R&B” little support is shown that would push the want for it to the masses, which in turn, gives the labels incentive to back and provide promotional assets.
This may very well just be a moment of built-up frustration for Tank, but, what are your thoughts on his proposal of Stronger being his last “real” album? If it’s not the lyrical and passionate rhythm and blues, what would you want to hear Tank sing?
Share your thoughts in the comments!