Living In The Spotlight Featuring Tank

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Tank and BJ The Chicago Kid photographed for BET's R&B Suite on Nov. 28, 2016. (Photo: Jeaneen Lund/BET)

Living In The Spotlight Featuring Tank

Things you may or may not know about this ladies man. Everybody loves them some Tank!

Published October 23, 2017

  1. Get To Know: Tank
    *Handout* Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege held a toast for Zena Foster and Tank. The couple has been together for 13+ years and recently got engaged. They are set to be featured on an upcoming E! TV series about Love & Music. 
(Photo: Jennifer Johnson)

    Durrell Babbs, better known by his stage name Tank, is an American R&B singer-songwriter and producer. Tank was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and moved with his family as a child to Washington, D.C.. He was a multisport athlete at Crossland High School and was offered the opportunity to play college football. However, later in life, Tank decided to focus more on his music. On January 16, 2017, Tank got engaged to his long time girlfriend, Zena Foster. They've been together since 2005 and share two children, Zion and Zoey. Tank is also the father of three more children from previous relationships: Jordan, Ryen and Durrell Jr.

  2. Making It To the Spotlight

    Although Tank was a jock in college, his interest began to steer toward music at a young age. At his church, a choir director by the name of Alphonzo Jiles taught Tank proper singing techniques. Eventually, Tank chose his music career over football. Through hard work and determination, he landed the job as Ginuwine's backup singer and continued to tour with him while learning the ins and outs of the industry. His star quality was later noticed by Barry Hankerson, an American record producer and manager who founded and ran Blackground Records. He was immediately signed to Hankerson's label and the rest was history!

  3. Debut Single
    LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 03:  Singer-songwriter Tank performs during "Acoustically Speaking Sponsored by Toyota" at the House of Blues during Soul Train Weekend on November 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/BET/Getty Images for BET)

    Tank released his third solo album, entitled Sex, Love & Pain, in May 2007. The lead single of the album was "Please Don't Go," which peaked at No. 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

  4. Coolest Connection
    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 01:  (L-R) Rappers Tyrese Gibson, Ginuwine and Tank of TGT  pose in the press room at the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images For BET)

    In late 2007, Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese Gibson formed a group called TGT

  5. Best Collaboration

    In 2015, Tank premiered his single "You Don't Know" featuring Wale. It served as the lead single for his seventh studio album, Sex Love & Pain II, released in January 2016. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart.

  6. Exclusive Info
    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29:  Singer Durrell Babbs aka Tank of TGT performs onstage at the Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz And Jennifer Hudson Concert Presented By during the 2014 BET Experience At L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Earl Gibson/BET/Getty Images for BET)

    In an exclusive music meeting with BET, Tank told staff that his meaning behind the album Savage was opposite of what people see it as. Being "savage" to him means that single mother that works three jobs and comes home to cook, that father that stays on the grind and that student that works full time and is still working hard for a degree, that's "savage."

Written by BET Staff


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