“Maybe I Should Have Been Born White:” Tanks Quits Music Industry Over Poor Album Support
Tank fans beware, this post is not going to make your day merry or bright. One-third of TGT and the falsetto crooner who brought us hits like “Maybe I Deserve” appears to be completely done with the music industry. It’s hard to know how good Tank will make on the disheartened threat he posted on Instragram this afternoon, lamenting the lack of support for his latest solo project “Stronger,” but one thing’s for sure, he is completely in his feelings about the lack of success of his latest venture.
Posting a photo of him laying in bed, with his shirt off of course, and his hands on his head appearing a bit downtrodden, Tank wrote:
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 fuck 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
Whether you’re a hardcore Tank fan or not, you can’t deny the brother, who by the way seemed to be the only talented glue holding TGT together, does have a point. Everybody knows the industry — and very few consumers — are interested in supporting true artistry these days, which makes it difficult for entertainers to continue to flourish with their craft, particularly financially. “Stronger,” which was released August 12, sold 16,000 copies in its first week, landing at number 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. In its second week, sales dropped to just 6,000 copies. So yes, Tank is understandably having a moment. What remains unclear is how long that moment will last.
Will you miss Tank if he never puts out another album?