Durrell Babbs (born January 1, 1976), 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 the Washington, D.C. suburb of Clinton, Maryland. He was a multi-sport athlete at Crossland High School and was offered the opportunity to play college football. However Tank decided to focus on music and his talent eventually led him to an opportunity to sing background vocals for Ginuwine during one of Ginuwine's tours.


In 2001, following Ginuwine's successful tour Tank released his debut album Force of Nature which spawned the R&B Top Ten single "Maybe I Deserve".

In 2002, Tank released his second album One Man and a single of the same name.

Tank released his third solo album entitled Sex, Love & Pain on May 15, 2007. The lead single was intended to be "I Luv Dem Girls", but for unknown reasons the song was given to Marques Houston who renamed it "Strip Club" (intending to place it on his third solo album Veteran). However, "Strip Club" did not make Veteran so the final single was the Timbaland remix to "I Luv Dem Girls". The second single was "Please Don't Go". Later in the year Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese Gibson formed a group called TGT. Their first single was a remix of "Please Don't Go" with an international tour entitled The Shirts Off Tour and search for a fourth member to follow.[1] The group later split.

Tank released his fourth studio album, Now or Never, on December 14, 2010. Tank collaborated with other artists on this project like Chris Brown, Drake, Letoya Luckett and many other artists. The singles were "Sex Music", "I Can't Make You Love Me", and "Emergency".

Tank's songwriting and production credits include working with Dave Hollister, Aaliyah, Marques Houston, Omarion, Jamie Foxx, Pitbull, Donell Jones and Monica amongst others as an associate of the production team The Underdogs, also Harvey Mason and with his team, Song Dynasty. He has worked with many different artists over the years and was also a contributor to the score of the film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, in which he also had a cameo. He was also featured in the movie Preacher's Kid. Tank had also co-starred "It Ain't Easy" also starting rapper Mack 10.

Tank released his fifth studio album entitled This Is How I Feel on May 8, 2012. Tank collaborated with the artists Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T.I. and Kris Stephens on the album. The song "Complements" featuring Kris Stephens & T.I. was released as the album's lead single on October 17, 2011; the album version of the song features rapper T.I.. The song "Next Breath" was released as the second single of the album on January 3, 2012.

Personal life

Tank is the father to four children listed here in birth order: Jordan (2001),[2] Ryen, Zoey, and Durrell Babbs, Jr.



YearAlbumChart positionsCertifications
2001 Force of Nature 7 1
2002 One Man 20 4
2007 Sex, Love & Pain 2 1
2010 Now or Never 35 10
2012 This Is How I Feel 9 1


As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"Freaky" 2000
"Maybe I Deserve" 2001 38 7 Force of Nature
"Slowly" 43
"One Man" 2002 107 25 One Man
"Let Me Live"
(featuring Mannie Fresh and Jazze Pha)
"Come Over"
(with Aaliyah)
2003 32 9 I Care 4 U
"Tonite, I'm Yours"
(with Lil Zane)
87 The Big Zane Theory
"I Love Them Girls" 2005 Sex, Love & Pain
"Please Don't Go" 2007 42 2 1
"Heartbreaker" 37
"Sex Music" 2010 29 20 Now or Never
"I Can't Make You Love Me" 64 27
"Emergency" 121 23 7
(featuring Drake)
2011 73 29
(featuring Kris Stephens & T.I.)
75 This Is How I Feel
"Next Breath" 2012 27 1
"She Don't Put It Down Like You"
(with Joe Budden and Lil Wayne)
2012 44 No Love Lost
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Good Enough" 2003 Brian McKnight, Joe, Carl Thomas, Tyrese U-Turn
"Let Me See It" 2005 Master P, C-Los, Pop, Black, Lil' D, Ruga Ghetto Bill: The Best Hustler in the Game
"Shake What Ya Got" Master P, C-Los, Black, Pop
"Hood Starr" Master P, Lil' D, C-Los, Black
"The Show" 2007 Kelly Rowland Ms. Kelly
"You" Plies The Real Testament
"Take My Time" 2009 Chris Brown Graffiti
"Tired of Doing Me" 2010 Keyshia Cole Calling All Hearts
"Special Occasion" 2012 Diggy Simmons Unexpected Arrival
"Over" Willie Taylor The Reintroduction Of Willie Taylor
"See No Evil" Game, Kendrick Lamar Jesus Piece


    • Grammy AwardNominations
    • 2008, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance: "Please Don't Go"
    • 2008, Best R&B Album: Sex, Love & Pain
    • 2010, Best R&B Song: "Under"
      • 2011, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group: "Take My Time" with Chris Brown
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