R&B favourite, Tank, has had a great year. This time last year, Tank went one better than his Grammy nominated classic Sex, Love & Pain by releasing the seriously successful and sublime Now Or Never featuring top tunes like Emergency, Scream, Sex Music and Celebration featuring Drake. Then in 2011 came great albums with his fellow TGT members Ginuwine (Elgin) and Tyrese (Open Invitation). To top this off, Tank has even released a brand new hit single (Compliments) off a forthcoming album. So with compliments and via Twitter, Christmas has come early with the teaser, free download release of the gifted singers new mixtape; Diary Of A Mad Man.
10 top, original tracks are reeled out on this tape that features Kevin McCall, Ace Hood, and Slim Thug. When it comes to fresh, new music, these brand new songs show that this writing and producing fiend is still on fire like his Emergency video. Side A starts with the mixtape’s title track, and what a way to start and get your tape decks ready? Underrated really highlights just how much this man really is what the song says, while the star talent shines even brighter for the ladies on Stars Girl.
Tank throws his Money On The Floor with Kevin McCall, Slim Thug, and Ace Hood for a monster collaboration, reuniting Durrell Babbs and the H-town rapper Thug for the first time since TGT remixed Slim’s Let Me Grind, and the results are just as big. Tank charges forward, killing his R&B competition even more with Dead Man Walking. Then he brings an artillery of new artists with J-Doe on Take You Outta Here and Bayley on the pleasing Don’t Be Mad at Me.
The Compliments singer toasts his fans once more with the refreshing Tip Yo Cup, which is bound to raise spirits as well as glasses of mixers. Young artist Luke James also drinks to the party starting I Be on One. Tank finishes this tape with the diary entry Get Back, a perfect end to a record you will want to go back to the start and spin again and again. This music mad man gives us one diary we’ll all want to read into. Call this singer/songwriter’s work output crazy but this guy is the kind of Jon Hamm ‘Mad Men’: grown, sexy, and suited and booted for success. After realising it was ‘Now Or Never’, Tank’s time is now and he really has made the most of it. He’s a ‘made man’ now and we can’t wait for the new album. TIM DAVID HARVEY.