Singled Out: "When I Heard 'Camel Toe With No Hair,' I said: Check Please!"
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 2:30PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each week and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Mann decoded his new track "4 A.M.," R&B crooner Tank discusses how his latest remix with Atlantic Records labelmate T.I. came about.]
The record was already together. Me and Kris Stephens, we made it crazy. Then when they decided to re-release it as an official single, because it was a buzz record at first, I said we gotta make it an event.
It would make sense to have someone who could deliver to the ladies, someone who could deliver sexy, deliver confidence, and that's T.I. all day long. He's a friend of the family, so it just made sense. We're on the same level... I'm not going to that far to find somebody to fill this void. We have a superstar right here in house. He's going to use that brother. He's going to have to take us to the next level.
It was that type of thing where we had met each other before we had done any work together so now it was time to do work. For me, I'm about my friends eating, so I like to take care of business first. As a businessman, what do you need? I know you have kids, I know you have a place to live, and I know that you've paved the way to where you should require and earn certain things. If I can give you that, I will give it to you. It isn't about us being friends, so let me have that for free, if we're friends, I'm going to find a way to make sure that my friend is taken care of and that's what we did. We got that right first then got creative.
We did our parts first, the song was already done and we just sent it to him and just let him find his way. When he sent it to me, he said "Tank, listen to it and tell me what you think about it." I said "Man, I know I don't have to listen to it. I know it's crazy." And when I heard "camel toe with no hair," I said "Check please! We're going to get outta here. We're fine, we're going to rock and roll with this." And the rest is history.
Tank's credits over the past decade include songs on Aaliyah (Aaliyah, 2001), Things in the Game Done Changed (Dave Hollister, 2002), I Care 4 U (Aaliyah, 2002), U-Turn (Brian McKnight, 2003), Real Talk (Dave Hollister, 2003), Stronger Everyday (Jon B, 2004), Free Yourself (Fantasia Barrino, 2004), O (Omarion, 2005), Naked (Marques Houston, 2005), Charlie, Last Name Wilson (Charlie Wilson, 2005), Unpredictable (Jamie Foxx, 2005), Journey of a Gemini (Donell Jones, 2006), The Return (Ruben Studdard, 2006), Alter Ego (Tyrese, 2006), The Makings of Me (Monica, 2007), Veteran (Marques Houston, 2007), Ain't Nothin' Like Me (Joe, 2007), and Ms. Kelly (Kelly Rowland, 2007). In late 2009, he announced he was leaving Blackground Records and joining the Atlantic roster with his first effort for the label arriving in 2010. Now or Never included the hit single "Sex Music" and featured guest Chris Brown on the equally carnal "Foreplay." The two singers reunited in 2012 on the single "Lonely," a track that would land on Tank's 2012 album This Is How I Feel.
Check out Tank's track, "Compliments (Remix)" below: