Tyrese Speaks On R&B, Black Rose & Much More

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I’m on a mission. I’m on a mission that’s much bigger than me. I’m on a mission that has been a little uncomfortable at times. I’m on a mission that, in most cases will benefit others greater than benefiting myself, so this is a very selfless move I’m making on the state of R&B.

Tyrese is known for many things- he sings, raps, acts, writes, motivates, inspires, and so much more. If you’re connected with Tyrese on any media format, then you know how passionate and sensitive the Shame singer is about R&B and Soul music. Tyrese recently opened up to writers around the world and discussed R&B, Black Rose, Shame (the film) and so much more.

Black Rose debuted close to three weeks ago and it is now number one in 15 countries and fans all over the world are falling in love with the album. Tyrese had been working on Black Rose for over three years and he wants fans to know that this will be last solo album. If you haven’t heard the album yet, one way to get a feel of Black Rose is by checking out the listening party, hosted by Vin Diesel.

Although Tyrese is obviously madly in love with R&B, he still loves rap, in fact Tupac is the one who he said influenced the title of this album.

It goes back to Tupac who had a poem called ‘A rose That Grew Through Concrete’ and I’ve always felt like I was a black rose that grew through concrete. South Central LA, every level of murder, prostitution, Crips, Bloods, Latino gangs, lost a lot of my homies to prison- 25 to life, playing basketball with the homie one day, the next day he’s dead. I’ve been exposed to every level of dysfunction there is and I could have been killed. I could have been taken out. I could of fell in to a life of drugs and alcohol. I feel like with all of the shit I’ve been exposed too, I feel like I was a black rose that grew through concrete.

Tyrese compares Black Rose to Usher Confessions and Adele’s Someone like You. Like Usher apologized to Chili, Tyrese is apologizing to his girlfriend of five years who he did wrong, hence Shame & Dumb Shit.

Tyrese has never been one to bite his tongue and in regards to R&B music, he has been very vocal about his feelings towards the genre and how it’s portrayed by the media.

I’m concerned that Deborah Cox doesn’t have a record deal. I’m concerned that some of our favorite singers walk into these record labels and they not messing with them because if they’re not willing to twerk or ‘watch me nae nae’ they just can’t get a deal.

Tyrese is right! Think of how many times you (women specifically) go to a night club and you just want to hear some good R&B and Soul music, but you can’t because the Jockey is too focused on being in love with ‘Coco’ and ‘throwing that ass in a circle.’ Now, don’t it confused, because I enjoy those tracks too, but sometimes I want to move a little slower and be in my own world. Then when you finally think they’re about to play your song, they turn it into fist pump music. So, Tyrese does not stand alone on his views.

The Sweet Lady singer had a number 1 single Stay (2011) which remained number 1 on Billboards for eleven consecutive weeks, no thanks to Mainstream Radio. Tyrese compares his single to Sam Smith’s Stay with Me. In Smith’s song he is backed up by a gospel choir. Smith’s song was number 1 on Canadian Hot 100, Canada AC, US Adult Contemporary, US Adult 40, US Mainstream Top 40 as well as so many others. It was also number 5 on US Rhythmic. If Tyrese would have had Kirk Franklin and the Family singing backup, would he still had of been number 1? Or would his song be condemned to the Gospel radio station only because it doesn’t appeal to certain listeners? The real question is how is it that Sam Smith music can get airtime on every genre of radio, but artist like Tyrese (who makes the same genre music) can’t? Is it because Sam has more fans? Maybe he sings better? Maybe he just presented it better? Or maybe certain radio stations only want to show love and support a specific kind of person? Who can really say for sure? No one, but the radio host themselves, but Tyrese believes they cover it up by tossing the blame on him.

“They’re trying to distract the people from the real issue. I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”

The issue is that R&B music has been getting downplayed for quite some time now and Tyrese is tired of it and he’s taking a stand.

The days of me being quiet and politically correct and just sitting back and just letting this shit go is over. R&B is in the pre-telecast at the Grammy’s. It’s not even in the main show anymore.

Tyrese is adamant about his beliefs and hopes he can get more people to get involved with this movement and help bring R&B back to life, he is already at good start with Black Rose.

Aside from Tyrese views on R&B music, let’s not forget everything else he has going on. Shame, the short film which he costars in with R&B singer Jennifer Hudson will be available along with his book, the making of the Black Rose album, an additional 6 songs to the Black Rose album and a cd by Black Ty, all of this together equals Black Rose Reloaded, so fans should be on the lookout for that in a couple of months. If you haven’t seen the Shame video yet, check it out below. This video also gives you an idea of what to expect in the film.

Whats The Real Beef?


So by now I’m sure you’ve all witnessed Meek Mill coming at Drake in a disrespectful manner, claiming  that Drake doesn’t write his own lyrics and here is Drake’s respond:

But what’s the real beef? Why is Meek Mill pissed? Is it because Drake banged Nicki or is it deep than that? Before Drake even dropped ‘Uncharged’ I was sure that Meek was jealous of Nicki and Drake’s relationship, but then I listened to  the song he Drake reaffirmed my thoughts. So is Meek really mad about that or did Nicki confide something in Meek and is just silent now?

Tyrese Proves R&B is Alive on Black Rose Album

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If you follow Black Ty on ANY social network, then you know how happy and anxious he was to drop his last and independent solo album Black Rose. He built up the anticipation of fans across the world, so when it dropped, well before it even dropped we wouldn’t think twice to buy it.

Black Rose is for those of us who still believe in love and fighting for what or who you want, admitting when you’re wrong, not being afraid of love and so much more. There is a track to accommodate every mood. If you know you f****d up and just want to forgiven, listen to Dumb S**t,  maybe you share some characteristics to Sharon Leal’s character Zoe Reynard (“Addicted”) and you’re addicted to sex or someones cookie jar, it’s okay because Tyrese can relate to you on his track Addict. Now say you going on you’re umpteenth date and you’re finally ready to knock some boots, well When We Make Love will do the trick, especially if you start with Body Language, which to me is a strip tease track.

We all know that Tyrese put his all into this album, but to say he went out with a bang is putting it mildly- come on he is #1 in 12 countries and the album just dropped last week!

Tyrese did not act like some of the other R&B singers and try to change his image, voice and lyrics for the sake of the media or because it’s 2015, he kept it the same, which is why I love Black Rose. I am a die hard 90’s music fan and listening to some of these songs gives me that vibe, especially Leave Me, which is Tyrese spilling out his feelings and admitting how he’d feel if was left, how hard it would for him to live if she left him. A big congratulations to Black Ty for never changing up the game and giving his fans what they want- good R&B music. Remember when Tyrese said this on Instagram:

They say R&B is dead…. And the days of people running to a store to BUY FULL R&B ALBUMS – f**k that – pre order my HEART…

I do, because that’s why I pre-ordered Black Rose on Best Buy website and I even saved two dollars using the code #TyresseSave2 and I am happy I did because this is what I play as I drive to work, from work to school and from school-  I make up places to go just to hear that voice fill up every inch of my car. Black Rose is available on Amazon, Itunes Best Buy, Walmart, and Google Play just to name a few.

Now Tyrese has us all waiting to see what the videos will be like. I personally would like to see a video to Picture Perfect. Don’t know that that is? It’s easy to find out, just go to your closest retail store and tell them you want Black Rose, you can also download the Amazon app on your smart phone and purchase it that way.

Stop Blaming Your Past


Whoever said being a kid was easy lied, well according to some adults who had tormenting and abusive parents growing up. Being a kid is supposed to be fun, memorable and easy going, but to some kids, teens and adults it was or is the contrary.

While boys and girls are equally as likely to be victims of abuse and neglect (in 2012, 48.5% of abused children were boys while 51.2% of abused children were girls); the rate of child fatality is higher for boys (in 2012, 57.6% of child fatalities due to abuse and neglect were boys).

There’s no denying that abuse is an increasing issue in our world, but is it okay for individuals who went through abuse to constantly blame all of their problems on that abuse? Right now, there is someone looking at this cursing me, saying ‘you can’t say that if you haven’t been there,’ it’s true I haven’t been there, but maybe I experienced something bad in my life? Am I supposed to just left that effect every decision I make in life, whether it be good or bad?

Women who were abused as a child usually get into to a relationship with an abusive man. Why? Because that’s what’s she’s use to and it feels normal to her. But what about when ten, fifteen years pass you by? Is it still plausible to blame your ‘fucked up‘ childhood on the way you live life? Men will beat a woman and blame his father for beating his mother, is that sufficient enough to let him get away with it? In the world we live in it seems as if it is because we witness it every day.

When will you become that person that puts the past behind you and move on with your life? Often time victims of abuse question why their life isn’t going the way they want or why they can’t find happiness. It’s because you’re living in the past, you’re unknowingly waiting on someone to come rescue you or feel sorry for you. We’ve all been through some unimaginable things, whether it’s watching your parents go through an angry and bitter divorce,  being beaten or witnessing a parent being beat, watching a parent be hauled to jail, holding a best friend as they take their last breath in your arms,  watching a parent get buried, being raped or taking advantage, watching a parent become addicted or maybe it’s something else? You can’t move on and be successful if you’re still living in the past. Maybe you can work on helping someone else, someone whose going through the same crisis you experienced.

Show me someone who isn’t troubled by a past situation and I’ll show you a liar. You can’t let that determine who you are and who/what you want to be in life.