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HHV Exclusive: Tank talks “Second Chance Christmas” on TV One, “Stronger,” and TGT

TankBy K.B. Tindal
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

A veteran in the music industry, Tank has made his rounds in the game. Along with being one third of TGT with Tyrese and Ginuwine, Tank is best-known for “Please Don’t Go,” his hit single in 2007. Since then, Tank has branched out into other ventures, including taking on the role of an actor.

Currently, Tank is preparing for his role in the upcoming TV One film, Second Chance Christmas, which premieres tomorrow. Promos for the movie have begun to amp up on both television and radio. The film has an all-star cast and features appearances from other well-known music industry veterans.

Recently, Hip Hop Vibe had the chance to talk to Tank and he opened up about Second Chance Christmas and his experience making it. During the interview, Tank also talked about his recent album, Stronger, and TGT. Be sure to check Tank out tomorrow, when he appears in Second Chance Christmas at 8 pm EST.

Can you tell us how you got involved in the TV One movie, Second Chance Christmas? I have done some work with the director before and she said that you kill it and get what they think. Once I looked it up, I thought it would be really cool and I knew a couple of the cast members, like McKinley and Michael. I’ve been working for TV One for a little bit since the radio days, so it came together very nicely. Business wasn’t the problem; it was about getting out there in front of the camera and making the magic happen.

What was the chemistry like between you and your cast mates? Oh, chemistry was great! I’m the “want to know everybody and crack jokes with everyone” type of guy. I like icebreakers. I like to get in, get to having fun and establish good relations with people on set. From the lighting guy to the leading actor and actress, that’s just me and that’s what I bring to the environment. We had a good time. We cracked a bunch of jokes, played basketball, talked basketball. It was a lot of fun.

Could you please tell us a little bit about the role you play? I played a star-athlete football player, of course, as well as a best friend with a brother-type relationship with McKinley’s character. He’s trying to do cool things for me and make me a superstar, make all these good things happen, and then all hell breaks loose with his wife’s passing and trying to figure the little things. I’m trying to find the best way to be there for him and help him through this. I’m also concerned about this as well as well as trying to fix everything we have established on the field with the endorsements and stuff. I’m just trying to play it cool and keep our business in tact as well as trying to be there for him.

Should viewers expect to hear any of your music during the film? Yeah, I think we have a song in there. I’m not sure what the final is. I haven’t checked what it is, but it will definitely be there.

Very briefly, can you discuss your new album, Stronger, and TGT? The new album, Stronger, is in stores and it’s doing really well. I think that it was time to make some really good music and connect the dots with doing the things I’ve learned, the people I have learned it from, the true essence of what I believe R&B music gives and how it connects to what I do now and how people do it nowadays, you know what I mean? But, I think we have lost the art of putting sentimental value and putting real life understanding back into music, like the passion and the love. It has to exist. I wanted to recreate that feeling and dedicate my entire album to that belief. Not just one song or two songs – a whole album. It goes after Marvin Gaye, it goes after his time, it goes after Rick James, it has all those great moments. People respond to it in a great way.

For TGT, people still want to see TGT out on the road and they still want to hear TGT songs. In the not too distant future, we can figure it out again and get it out on the road.

Alright, let the people know when they can catch Second Chance on TV and where they can find you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Man, December 6, which is tomorrow. You can check that out. It will be on TV One at 8pm ET, of course, Second Chance Christmas. And I’ll be on there doing my thang. If you want to keep up with me, it will be @therealtank on Twitter, @therealtank on Instagram and therealtank.com if you want to go on the website and see some cool things. Go to iTunes and check out Tank, check out Tank everywhere. “Therealtank.” That’s me.

Tune in on Saturday, December 6, 2014 for the premiere of TV One’s original film Second Chance Christmas.

Follow K.B. Tindal on Twitter @KBTindal.

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