In the world of blockbuster movies, he’s Tyrese Gibson. His music fans, meanwhile, have known him for 18 years simply as Tyrese. But by those or any other names, he’s a Black Rose – which also just happens to be the title appended to his new double-album and book, both due in July as part of a tsunami of activity from the multi-hyphenate star. The bloom is still very much on for the Watts native who rose from among the cracks to become a celebrated singer, rapper, actor, author, designer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and raconteur. Especially for those fans who’ve been patiently waiting four years for his return to the world of music, Black will truly be beautiful.
The world already got a significant dose of Tyrese Gibson in 2015 in the form of Furious 7, the April release that was his fourth entry in the indomitable Fast and the Furious series – one of two multi-billion-dollar movie franchises with which he’s associated, the other being the Transformers films. But to experience the more personal and less literally steely side of Tyrese, you’ll have to pick up Black Rose, which includes two stylistically distinct discs devoted to breaking down his R&B and hip-hop sides.
Here is the latest single titled “Shame”
With Black Rose, which is only his second album in nine years, “I had a musical vision of bringing the world of R&B and hip-hop together,” Tyrese says. But by dividing the double album between genres, he’s reinforcing that neither side is mandatory for fans that may tilt one way or the other. “I just think I have an R&B responsibility, because I have a certain pedigree in R&B,” he explains. “The R&B fans have expectations of what they’re going to get, and there’s no need to force hip-hop down their throats. It’s okay, because it’s a double album, and if you love me as a singer, then that side of the album is for you.” Even on the hip-hop disc, “I’m not trying to be the aggressive rapper. It’s musical, it’s melodic, and it’s not ‘west coast’ – it’s for everybody.”
Get the single on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shame-single/id986455012