R&B group TGT cover the latest issue of Rolling Out Magazine.
The trio Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, joined forces to create the R&B supergroup, TGT.
Collectively, you guys have released 17 albums. How has R&B changed since then, and how have your lives changed?
Tank: My first major deal was in ’96. I think the harmony in music was a little different in those days. I remember the music, but I was hungry. I needed the advance. I needed a means to be able to do music carefree, stress free and to be able to just focus on music. I think that’s the big difference in making music then and making music now. I’m not making music under duress. I’m making music now because I love to make music. Financially, we’ve done what we needed to do. Musically, we’ve established what we needed to establish. Now it’s just about elevating music and taking it to the next level.
Tyrese: If I had to speak on what my mind and my mentality was from back then to now, I would say I had no control. I had no control of where my career is destined to be. It’s all God. I’ve done the work to maintain the blessing. But you realize at some point when you’re young, when you’re excited for the opportunity, that you have no control. Your life’s blueprint was already figured out long before you got here. There’s a whole lot of stuff that I never saw myself doing or being interested in doing.
Ginuwine: Of course we have a different world today. When I first signed, the Internet had not played a major role in the music business. A lot of people weren’t on it. That’s pretty much the only difference. The money is a little different now because of the Internet. We don’t have as much support because of downloads. I miss those times back when I first signed. It was a totally different world. From the endorsements to the tour support from the label. They don’t do too much of that now. They’re really going to throw you out there. If you make it you make, if you don’t, it’s like f–k it.
Ginuwine, you came up with a great collective that included the late, great Aaliyah, Timbaland and Missy Elliot. How is your relationship with Timbaland and Missy Elliot? Will you be making music with them soon?
Ginuwine: We’re still cool, we just don’t work together anymore. I would love to, but people move on. We just have to find our own way. That comfort level we once had, it’s not there anymore. I like to think of us as family, but we’re nowhere near where we used to be. We were family, but people grow and they venture off and do their own thing. I’m not mad at them. I’m pretty sure they’re not mad at me. We still talk to each other every once in awhile. Tim actually came to one of the shows in Miami. I hadn’t seen him in years. I hugged him. We still have that family love for each other. Hopefully, one day, we can get back in there and create that magic once again.
R&B has changed tremendously since you guys were first signed. A lot of the music is oversexed. Has this generation not been taught how to love?
Tyrese: We’re just not living in a generation of what I consider real men right now. Most of us have been raised by wolves. A lot of guys are way more educated on going about things the wrong way versus the right way. How do you love a woman versus being taught to cheat, lie, sneak, get away with some s—? There is a way for you to go about respecting a woman, cherishing and adoring her. Also, a lot of women are not secure these days on their own. A woman who gets attention from a real man can really make her feel loved up to where her love tank is full. Where she feels secure. Where she believes her man can be anywhere in the world. He has made her feel so secure in what they have, that the thought of him cheating or being with another woman would never even cross her mind. That’s on us to create that in that woman. It doesn’t happen on its own.
Tank: I don’t think a lot of young guys have really learned what it means to love. We are all reflections of our examples. I learned from the music I had. I had New Edition, I had Babyface and R. Kelly. Those were the examples I had musically to give me direction. But also, the music helped me in life. When Babyface said, “I’ll pay your rent, I’ll cook your dinner too, as soon as I get home from work.” I was like, “you know what, I’m going to really do that.” It’s just that musically, we have gotten away from those things. Those things are not necessarily cool anymore. But I think as long as we have fans out there still supporting Ginuwine, still supporting Tank and still supporting Tyrese, it’s our responsibility to keep that type of R&B music alive.
Ginuwine: When I say we’re bringing R&B back, we’re bringing R&B back as we know it. Back in the day, we came up on certain music. That’s what we’re trying to bring back; the music we grew up on. I don’t really like to say that the artists that are out here now aren’t doing R&B. That’s their generation. That’s what works for them. When we were listening to our music, our parents were like, “oh, that ain’t no damn R&B.” Every generation has their music. As far as the kids knowing about love, I think they’re just doing what they see. They know as much as they’re being taught. As far as artists, it comes out in their music. We were taught different. Just like kids don’t say, “yes sir, no ma’am.” My kids do, but generations are different. We have to set the standard. When you don’t, that’s what you get.
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