Tank, Trey Songz, and Ty Dolla $ign bring new meaning to an auto body shop in the video for their bedroom banger, “When We (Remix).”
All three crooners are proud to work at TT&T Auto Body Shop, where they fix cars while enjoying models’ bodies in a backroom warehouse. Trigga shows off on top of a motorcycle, Dolla hangs out in a car, and Tank caresses his lady on the hood of a whip.
At 42, “When We” has become the biggest hit of Tank’s career, news that surprised the singer and Spotify. “They couldn’t believe — and I couldn’t believe — my streaming numbers,” Tank told Vulture. “They were like, ‘It’s crazy, because your ratio of listens to downloads is phenomenal: When a person hears your record, they snatch it and put it on a playlist.’ I’m like, ‘You know I’m over 40, right?’”
Spotify’s Mjeema Pickett says this is likely due to the fact that the app has been going through a maturation phase, where more and more people of various ages are using the platform. Tank has also worked to educate his listeners with information on streaming as part of a plan to innovate.
“You become a 42-year-old R&B singer and everybody says, ‘You’re old, start doing as many shows as you can with Frankie Beverly and call it a wrap,’” he explained. “We didn’t want to give up. We wanted to keep changing the perception of where R&B can live.”
Now, Tank says this could make a difference for other artists. “I want artists from my generation to not feel like it’s over,” he added. “As long as you still have a story, a fire burning in you, you can rock — I’m living proof.