While making his seventh full-length album, SLP2 [R&B Money/Atlantic Records], Tank posed a crucial question.
He answered that question by crafting the long-awaited sequel to his influential 2007 opus, Sex, Love & Pain. That album not only provided a blueprint for the likes of Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and more, but it also debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and earned a Grammy Award nomination for "Best R&B Album," while its #1 single "Please Don't Go" became nominated for "Best R&B Male Vocal Performance." Following 2014's Stronger, Tank once again captured a creative spirit that resembled the process behind his seminal third body of work.
"My music parallels my life eventually," he remarks. "This song was happening at the same time I'd be telling my lady at home, `Listen, you don't understand. I really love you. We're in a different space. You're on my back about all of this other stuff right here, and you're making issues out of nothing. This is not where we're supposed to be. You don't know. I'm trying to show you, but in my own way.' As soon as I got the record from Eric, I knew that was it. If you're getting someone to complement raw emotion, Wale's my favorite right now. It came together perfectly."
"The meaning of Sex, Love & Pain never changes," he leaves off. "That's the order I put it in. I'm a guy, so most of the time, sex comes first. Then, we fall in love. Somewhere later, the pain creeps in--whether it's us doing the pain or feeling it. You build off that. The process starts all over. We fall back in love again. It's still the same. Nothing has changed. That's my life, and I write my life. I use that to inspire melodies, song titles, and lyrics. I want to create a moment that can help change someone else's life."