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We always try to give credit where it’s due, and Tyrese Gibson just earned a ton of points in our book.
The controversial singer recently paid it forward by picking up the tab for a Compton teenager’s Morehouse College tuition.
The lucky Californian is popular Instagram personality, Lorenzo “Zo the Motivator” Murphy, who announced the heartwarming news on the social networking site Tuesday.
As of today, I begin my journey as a Man of Morehouse. I am beyond grateful and thankful to be a part of such great legacy. None of this would be possible without God, @tyrese, the support from my family and of course, my relentless hard work. Annually, Morehouse is around 45k-50k, and as you can imagine, that is a lot of money. I thank God for placing @tyrese in my life. It is because of him believing in me and investing in my future, that I am able to receive my education. I am amongst the world’s greatest leaders, and I want to thank @tyrese for giving me the opportunity to pursue my academic and career endeavors at Morehouse College.#zothemotivator #comptontomorehouse.
Murphy’s mother is currently working two jobs to make ends meet, so Gibson stepping up and assisting with that hefty Morehouse bill has to be a relief.
Major shout out to Ty for helping this young man chase after his dreams.
Whatever happened to the good old days when all a musician had to do to sell an album was…make an album? Well, that’s a gross oversimplification of the way the music industry works. But bad contracts aside, there used to be a definitive, tried and true formula for label-repped artists that resulted in the selling of millions of albums that made all parties involved stupid rich. I’m talking swimming in a room full of dough à la Scrooge McDuck rich. But in a market dominated by singles in which consumers download or stream music for free 99 via a host of services like Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and the like, music artists today have to employ a different hustle altogether. They do this all in an effort to promote their music while countering the challenges of declining album sales and record companies that don’t promote nearly as much as they used to.
This drop in album sales is something singers Miguel and Ciara know a lot about. Both have released albums in recent months, Wildheart and Jackie respectively – neither of which performed very well. Jackie, Ciara’s sixth studio effort, had the lowest first-week sales of all her albums to date and sold roughly 20,000 copies during that crucial first week. Talk about disappointing. It’s safe to say that people know more about Ci Ci’s sex life with new boyfriend Russell Wilson (or lack thereof), her ongoing bouts with former fiancé Future, and her Roberto Cavalli campaign than her latest music. But for those who have paid attention, some critics have referred to Jackie as a missed opportunity for Ciara. A chance lost to delve into deeper issues (like her breakup with Future), rather than rely on the club-banger, dance-heavy, lyric-light songs she’s used to singing. But Ciara is serving what she’s always given us. And perhaps that’s the problem, in addition to the current harder-to-chart musical landscape, and lack of heavy promotion from her label. The singer even promoted her album on her own to fellow passengers while on a flight from London to L.A. This is a trend that has seemingly become popular among artists like Brandy and Tyrese. More on him later.
Miguel’s new album Wildheart, which my MadameNoire editor says is “crack,” fared a little better than Ciara’s. It sold just over 40,000 copies in its first week, but that’s still not saying much, despite the fact that critics showered it with praise. Miguel, who for reasons unbeknownst to me, is often compared to Frank Ocean, flat out said that he makes better music than the Channel Orange singer and songwriter. But even that wannabe/potential beef didn’t help Miguel sell his album.
Both Miguel and Ciara are two respected, Grammy-winning artists who have sold well before, and yet here they find themselves in a position that you’d expect a lesser-known artist with limited label access to be in. Is this a sign of the times? The new norm? Is R&B indeed dying, or worse yet, dead?
Well, based on Tyrese’s success, not exactly. His latest release, Black Rose, an independent album, is his first number one album on the Billboard 200, according to Nielsen. Not only has it sold close to 90,000 units since its July 10th release, but it was also the number one album in 15 countries. This, coming from an artist who publicly stated on Power 105’s The Breakfast Club that R&B is indeed dead. Said the singer, “…a lot of us [in R&B] are insecure and we feel like our songs don’t get attention, don’t get no love on the radio, don’t have any fans buying it anymore unless we’ve got 15 rappers on it.”
To counter that insecurity, Tyrese has been on a promotional binder and has gone to some extraordinary lengths, including re-enacting the Coca-Cola commercial that first brought him to our attention in 1994. He has hit the NYC subway asking for support (while exclaiming he left major record labels so he could do his thing as an indie artist). He even recorded a spiel with a sleeping homeless woman, comparing her to people sleeping on R&B. He also penned an open letter to mainstream radio stations regarding the disparity between the promotion of music between Black and White R&B singers. But Tyrese has one other promotional tool that Ciara and Miguel don’t: He’s the co-star of the country’s highest-grossing film this year, Furious 7. It would be hard to miss the work of an artist from such a popular and beloved franchise. I mean, they made seven movies. Seven.
But for every Tyrese, there’s a Bilal, Tamia, Kenny Lattimore and Johnny Gill – all of whom have released new albums that you won’t find sizzling on the Hot 100 chart. For artists to sell nowadays, they not only have to promote like crazy (unless of course you’re Beyoncé, in which case you can drop an album sans prior promotion and have it sell like hot cakes), but package your brand via stints on reality TV, shoe and clothing lines, perfume, modeling contracts, and whatever else your team can think of. A little mitigated controversy doesn’t hurt either. Stir up some ish on Twitter, and folks will talk about you instantly. Although, not necessarily about your music.
But don’t fret or weep for your favorite artists. Even in this brave new world of music, they’re still richer than you. And as long as they’re making good music, true fans will find a way to support them and keep their careers afloat.
Well, Tyrese Gibson is at it again. Though the singer is currently celebrating his new album, Black Rose, topping Billboard’s latest album chart, he also has a few bones to pick, which he addressed in an open letter aimed at on-air radio personalities Ryan Seacrest of KIIS FM and Z-100’s Elvis Duran. Apparently, Duran and Seacrest failed to answer calls from Gibson’s people regarding his new single, “Shame,” and possibly, promotion of the album. So to ensure that he gets his message across come hell or high water, he chose to address the radio jocks on Facebook. Much of his gripe appears to be with mainstream radio stations and their failure to play his music, as well as music belonging to other Black artists. Check out his full letter below.
Open letter to Mr. Ryan Seacrest of Kiss FM and Mr. Elvis Duran of Z-100. Since you don’t want to respond, let’s turn things UP a notch!!!
First, you should know this… So that no one tries to diminish my point….. Let’s take a few things off the table.. ( cracking my knuckles ). I have no malicious intentions towards anyone, I’m not bitter, I’m actually one of the most positive and optimistic people you could ever meet and know!
I’m not mad, I’m simply addressing a real issue… This is NOT a rant, this NOT coming from a racist place and I am not pulling the “race card.” This is not about sexual preference and for sure not doing this for press or buzz desperate for attention for my album release – I respect you both completely and don’t want you to be socially or personally attacked .. ( so let’s get into these topics )
Did you see my recent interview I did with the breakfast club Power 105 NYC talking about you? https://youtu.be/ub-NBN9n4t8
I love you both, and I’m so proud of all that you’ve accomplished! You both happen to be some of the BIGGEST and most influential Mainstream radio hosts. I’m simply posing some specific questions, and it’s NOT just to you but to ALL MAINSTREAM RADIO STATIONS IN GENERAL… Do you think there is a lack of diversity in radio? Is mainstream radio really being fair with their approach? Did you know that I had a song called STAY that was #1 on Billboard for 11 consecutive weeks? And it was ONLY played on Urban AC and Urban Mainstream radio? Sam Smith ( who I’m a huge supporter and fan of ) also had a song called STAY and because people LOVED it, it was played on ALL formats of radio ( including mainstream, top 40, Rhythmic and crossover)… And it sounded like he had a FULL CHOIR on his hook!! (((( If that would of been MY song, I would of likely been stuck on the gospel channel..))) aha! We support Sam Smith, Robin Thicke, and Justin Timberlake on ALL urban stations… why? Because it’s R&B Soul Music and great R&B soul MUSIC has no racial preference, no sexual preference, and no boundaries…
I don’t create limits for MYSELF, and I don’t appreciate people creating limits for me!! HEAR ME OUT!!
I couldn’t possibly have OVER 6 BILLION in global box office receipts if I was ONLY supported by black people
How is it possible that urban radio plays Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake and Sam Smith ( When they release R&B Soul records and when we’re singing in the EXACT same genre, WE don’t get ANY love on the other side…?? Sam Smith won a BET award and was a no-show – is that ok?
As artists…. Other than Robin Thicke.. Are you guys interested in doing any radio promo? Call ins? Meet and greets with the fans for those Urban Radio Spins?? Do you have any idea how HARD it is to get your songs ON Urban radio?? Or to land a BET nomination? We have to work our ASSES OFF for every spin! #SHAME ft Jennifer Hudson needs to be HEARD by people ALL AROUND the WORLD!!!! And I won’t stop or rest until we get there….#King
– Tyrese “Black Rose” Gibson
Ps- I am so sorry but I’m Not going to do a house or techno version of SHAME to get radio spins!!! I’m not putting on no tight pants to have more pop appeal – I don’t wanna be cool… I actually told #TeamVoltron that I wanted my album and single and creative direction to be irrelevant- I don’t twerk… And I don’t know anybody name Nay Nay lol – it’s #GrownFolkSeason it’s real #RnBSeason – My voice is deep, I love sex, I love the ART of love and love making – i love to mentally intrigue that woman’s mind. I don’t wear braids or backpacks with cartoon characters on it – I’m #GROWN and I actually LOVE being grown…. Ladies hear me when I say I’m singing to that – cause I want that…
I have a voice…… Change is uncomfortable – I am willing to take the heat, deal with the backlash and press and media that may come of this post….. Why.? Cause change doesn’t come from just complaining you have to make a move….. “the best way to predict the future is to create it”… I don’t play the lack of diversity game too well… I think what’s fair is what’s fair…
LET’S MAKE A STATEMENT!!!
This may be unpopular opinion, but while I do believe that Black people working in entertainment are often given the short end of the stick, I’m not really sure that I can jump to defend Ty with this one. Radio stations cater to specific audiences and in this particular situation, I can’t really say that Z-100 and KIIS FM’s failure or reluctance to play “Shame” has anything to do with race.
After reading this essay, I clicked over to the KIIS FM and Z-100 websites and I saw that both stations frequently play a variety of music from artists of color including Omarion, Fetty Wap, Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo, Ne-Yo, Sean Paul and The Weeknd, just to name a few.
It’s possible that something else occurred behind the scenes between Seacrest, Gibson, and Duran that may have fueled this letter. We also haven’t been exposed to what pop stations have been putting him and other Black artists through behind the scenes just to get a few spins on the radio. But it seems that audience, general preference and the fact that most radio stations play the same damn ten songs over and over may be playing a larger role here than race. Hopefully, Ty’s next single will get him more spins on the stations he’d like to hear his music on.
Listen to Ty further discuss his feelings regarding this topic below with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club.
“That marriage was a marriage, but it wasn’t really a marriage…She’s from London, and we had a baby on the way. When immigration is calling you gotta do what you gotta to do so that someone you have a child with doesn’t get banned for ten years. I did it to keep her in the country.”
“I don’t want to say what I did, but I did it to keep her in the country. You know, I was raised without a father. So imagine me having to travel all the way to London just to see my daughter. That’s not going to open. So what can we do to fix this? And we did it. She sacrificed. I sacrificed. We gotta do what we gotta do. There’s a child involved. The baby is not coming on her own. That’s the truth.”
He went on to imply that despite the fact that they were expecting a child at the time, their marriage was more of a business arrangement than an emotional commitment.
“We had a very extensive prenuptial agreement. We had a plan. We know why we’re getting married. Everything that’s mine is mine, and vice versa. So we’re going to do this, and we gotta do what we gotta do on behalf of our angel.”
In an exclusive interview earlier this year, Mitchell accused Gibson of abusing her throughout their relationship both physically and mentally. And even after their union ended in 2009, Mitchell alleged that the abuse continued, but in a different way. According to the single mom, Gibson used their daughter and the family court system to terrorize her.
“A lot of men are using the legal system to control women and to put them in a state of fear. A few of the things that have happened to me that I know have happened to other women is being followed and surveyed. That’s not something fun. It makes you anxious. You know, just provoking you and harassing you with emails. That overwhelms women and it puts you in a fear state.”
“A lot of men with money and more power, especially with passive women, are using the legal system to abuse these women. Then they can point the finger and say, ‘Look at her, she’s crazy,’ because one day you just explode and can’t take it anymore.”
As for her move to the States, Mitchell told us that she a young college student when she met Gibson, and he all but begged her parents to allow her to move to the U.S. with him.
The actor has yet to respond to ex-wife’s allegations of abuse. In a March 2015 interview with The Breakfast Club, he uncomfortably danced around comments made by Charlamagne about Mitchell’s allegations. You can peep that clip below, btw.
It’s no secret that Tyrese is not one of our faves. Though we’ll never deny his vocal abilities, his comments on women and relationships over the past few years have either had us rolling our eyes or directing them to the side.
And though Tyrese is known for his shenanigans as much, if not even more so than his music, I was personally still shocked to see the latest stunt he pulled.
In promotion of his new album, Tyrese was traipsing around New York City, hopping on the subway, touching the people and posing with a sleeping, homeless woman.
In all of his extraness, Tyrese decided to post up next to the woman taking a nap, outside to discuss how people are “sleeping” on R&B.
He says, “So we got a bunch of people sleeping on R&B. My ‘Black Rose” album just came out tonight and they say that fans don’t buy full albums no more. This is what R&B looks like. *turns to sleeping woman* Hello?!”
I just… This is sad really.
Far too many of us walk past homeless people, not really regarding them as people. Just things to avoid as we live our daily lives. But this dude is next level with his. Tyrese, with his $25 million net worth, sat next to a woman who appears to have very few material possessions, and took another thing from her. Her agency.
Not only did he record her unknowingly, he put her image on his Instagram page for his 4.3 million followers to view.
Tyrese released this Black Rose album independently. And I know it’s hard to make money and promote your project without the full support of a label. It’s long since been time that Black artists stand up for themselves and reap the full benefits of their creativity. But there’s got to be a better way than resulting to these type of antics and making fun of the downtrodden just to push your product.
Jezebel has a headline this morning sure to gather a few clicks: “Desperate R&B Singers Are Taking Over Public Transit.” There’s video footage of Brandy getting on the New York City subway and belting out a tune. Then there’s Tyrese promoting a new album “Black Rose” by yelling on the train. And there’s a New York Post report that Ciara got on a United flight and took over the intercom to suggest to her fellow passengers that they listen to her new album “Jackie” which was available on the in-flight entertainment offerings.
“Why are R&B singers hijacking our commutes with their public displays for attention?” Jezebel asks.
Because it’s hard to stand out these days. Everyone is filling up everyone else’s social media timelines with news about albums dropping and movies opening and tours happening. The answer it seems for many entertainers is to be more in-your-face; to find any available microphone — whether it’s on an airplane or an award show stage — and say as loudly and as many times as possible that they have something they want you to buy.
On the one hand, it’s totally acceptable — good business, in fact — to promote yourself and your work. If you don’t speak confidently about your work, you can’t expect others to.
But you also have to know where to draw the line between self-promotion and a thirst so wanting and longing that it makes people cringe. Begging for attention and validation is tantamount to admitting that you’re not already getting it. And if that’s the case, you may need to take a step back and assess why your work and your brand hasn’t been able to stand on its own.
In other words, you have to take a serious look at what it is that might need some tweaking in order to more naturally generate the buzz you crave.
The other issue is the appropriate use of stunts. All three of these examples are instances where the artist in question thought they were going to do something “out of the box” to get people to chatter online (or at least on a plane). Stunts need to have a purpose, something that seems sorely lacking in Brandy’s clip. And second, you have to take yourself seriously so that others will too. That’s what’s missing from Tyrese’s clip. He’s trying so hard to be cool and hard with all the cursing and foolishness that, if I were on the subway, I would assume this is just some random who decided today was the day to annoy his fellow passengers with nonsense that I know nothing about and, now that I’ve been disrupted from what has probably already been a troubling commute, have no interest in. The message of “I have a great album that you should listen to” is lost in all the hand smacking and crowing about being independent. (It’s also lost in this gross tweet in which Tyrese uses a homeless woman to promote his album. Shameful.)
Everyone these days can appreciate a good hustle. The operative word there is “good.” Pointless and sloppy attempts to get into people’s line of vision ultimately won’t get you the business outcome you wanted in the first place.
Just this morning, we were cracking up about Tyrese‘s shenanigans. He never ceases to amaze us.
Any New Yorker who rides the subway knows that at any given moment, you can expect someone to run up in your train car delivering a sob story while panhandling, selling candy, breakdancing or trying to intimidate you into buying their mixtape. Our boy Tyrese chose the latter of the four when he hopped on a Brooklyn train Friday afternoon. Well, to be exact, he wasn’t pushing a mixtape, but he was definitely trying to convince folks to purchase his new album, Black Rose, which went on sale today.
He began his spiel with the “Excuse me everybody” that causes most subway riders to groan in anticipation of what’s coming while quietly slipping in their headphones.
“My name is Tyrese. I’m a singer,” he continued. “I left all of the major record labels so that I could do my thing as an independent artist.”
His speech then took a comedic turn as he informed passengers that was security team is with him.
“I got my security in case anybody decides to hit me in the neck. And I’m asking that y’all download my new album, ‘Black Rose.'”
Some patrons exited the train at the following stop, but others looked on, clearly amused.
“Black Rose! I’m independent! I’m grassroots! I’m in these streets! I’m a street performer! I’m ’bout dat, son!”
The actor then proceeded to dance, which definitely hyped up one passenger, who informed Ty that he just “came home.” The entire two-minute Facebook video is actually quite hilarious.
Check it out below.
I said fuck it… And went independent I’m in Brooklyn NY on the train selling my #BlackRose album and this happened!!Download the FULL #BlackRose ALBUM!! http://smarturl.it/TyreseBlackRoseWatch the #ShameVideo http://vimeo.com/130847755. #BestBuy #Target #WalMart and all the #IndependentRetailers #BlackRose has been unleashed!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Tyrese Gibson on Friday, July 10, 2015
Editors Note: You can watch the video here if you’re having trouble viewing.
When I first heard that “Empire” creator Lee Daniels finally announced Tyrese’s addition to the growing list of celebrities making appearances in the upcoming season, my mind immediately took me back to The Temptations TV movie. You know, that scene where David Ruffin is practically salivating at the Motown New Year’s Eve party, secretly hoping and praying that he will be invited on stage to perform with the group? In other words, dude has been ready for the coach to put him in the game for a hot little minute.
Now don’t get me wrong, David killed once he was finally on stage (Just like I’m sure Tyrese will).But the thirst was real. And apparently, it still is. For quite some time now, Ty has been dropping hints that he’s trying to be down with #TeamEmpire. It all began with a March Facebook post in which he joked about wanting to be reunited with former on-screen love interest, Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie on the popular series.
I’m not cool with all these dudes feeling all up on Yvette and Its on TV? I heard they call her Cookie now? The homies are telling me I gotta gotta get my bitch back.. I guess I gotta change my name too and go do some show called #Empire? Cause that’s where Yvette is now under her alias #Cookie? Damn…. see you soon
He later mentioned in an interview that he was actually in talks to appear in season one, but personal matters supposedly kept him away.
“I was supposed to be on season one of ‘Empire,’ and I was in and out of court fighting for a personal matter with my 7-year-old, so I wasn’t able to do the show. That’s the truth,” he told Huff Post Live. “I don’t like this Derek Luke dude kissing all over my girl. I don’t like Terrence [Howard] kissing all over her. It bothers me, and we’re gonna have to figure this shit out.”
According to Ty, his friends Taraji and Lee were also unhappy when season one plans fell through.
“Taraji and Lee Daniels were very, very disappointed — and I was too — that I couldn’t do it,” the actor added.
Anyway, after quite a bit of campaigning for a second chance, Tyrese was given another opportunity to take part in the popular series. Thursday, Lee announced on Instagram that the “Shame” singer will appear in season two:
Yes! Stop asking!!! #tyrese is coming on #empireseason2 And NO, I am not leaving my show! I just wrapped my 1st episode … I got #richardpryor to do! It was so much fun directing our wonderful cast … I miss and love them ALL… Sorta sad cause I’m not with them now but I’ll be back for the finale!! In the meantime we got some badass directors stepping in!!! #family #fox #empire #gottagettomakingmovies #iaintmadeamoviesincethebutler.
Yes! Stop asking!!! #tyrese is coming on #empireseason2 And NO, I am not leaving my show! I just wrapped my 1st episode … I got #richardpryor to do! It was so much fun directing our wonderful cast … I miss and love them ALL… Sorta 😔 sad cause I'm not with them now but I'll be back for the finale!! In the meantime we got some badass directors stepping in!!! #family #fox #empire #gottagettomakingmovies #iaintmadeamoviesincethebutler
The exact nature of Ty’s role has not been disclosed, but it looks like he may be a love interest of Taraji. He confirmed on Instagram:
Fuuuuuccckkkkk that I’m coming to get my girl back……. I wasn’t gonna say shit – Lee Daniels just made the announcement #EMPIRE SEASON 2 Jody back on his bullshit – Taraji I mean Yvette I mean #Cookie I’m sorry I wasn’t there #Curtains #DropsMicExitStageLeft
So, are you excited about his “Empire” debut? Hopefully, his storyline will be juicy.
And oh yeah, speaking of Ty, his new album Black Rose is in stores today.
Either Tyrese is trolling us or he just doesn’t care what people think.
Tuesday, the singer released a trailer for his short film Shame, which was produced by Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington and directed by video producer Paul Hunter. The movie was inspired by the singer’s latest single by the same name, which has maintained a number two spot on the Billboard charts for nearly six weeks.
Tyrese plays a conflicted family man who apparently wants to do right by his wife, played by Jennifer Hudson, but ends up doing wrong.
“Father God, thank you. Thank you for my wife,” he says in one scene as his family is gathered around the dinner table, “the most patient and beautiful woman in the world.”
Tyrese’s character is part of a musical act that includes two women, but the life he has built with the fellow singer isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. In one scene, a nasty verbal spat between the couple quickly becomes physical when the singer’s character jumps out of his chair and proceeds to slam Hudson’s character against a wall.
“Shame” is among the tracks included on Tyrese’s upcoming album, which is said to be his last solo project, Black Rose. He insists that it’s his most honest album to date.
“I struggled to get this album done everything imaginable was thrown at me and with God and my team I got through….. #BlackRose is my most intimate and vulnerable album to date,” he wrote on Instagram.
Judging by the brief trailer, it appears that the cast and crew put a lot of work into the project. It’s also pretty brave and even ballsy of him to include a domestic violence element in the film considering that his real-life ex-wife Norma Mitchell Gibson has accused him of abusing her in the past. Maybe he really is preparing to air out some dirty laundry on his final solo album.
Black Rose is slated for release on July 10. Check out the Shame trailer below.
Following the success of their 2013 relationships book Man-ology, Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons and Tyrese Gibson are gearing up for a new primetime television series where they intend to dish on “everything viewers need to know about men and love.”
The primetime television show or “man school” as they’ve put it, will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network as an eight episode weekly series.
A brief synopsis reads:
Often at odds with each other, ordained minister Rev Run is 50, married and a father of six and grandfather of one, while Tyrese is a 36-year-old single father and one of People Magazine’s sexiest men alive. These two unorthodox “love and relationship experts” will be joined by a primetime studio audience plus celebrity guests in a no-holds-barred relationship throw down. Social media platforms will take center stage galvanizing America to ask Tyrese and Rev Run their most intimate questions about men, relationships, marriage and sex.
The untitled series is being produced and developed by CBS distribution and is slated to air in 2016.
“When Rev Run, Tyrese, and CBS came to us with the idea of a primetime series we were energized by the chance to bring OWN viewers something fresh and entertainingly real in the ‘love space,’” said Sheri Salata, president, OWN. “We can’t wait to turn them loose – enlightening us all about what makes men tick.”
“We are thrilled to be in business with OWN on our first original production for the network,” said Scott Koondel, executive vice president and chief licensing officer for CBS Corp. “Combining the enormous popularity of Tyrese and Rev Run with engaging topics like love and relationships will make a very entertaining hour for viewers.”
I admire the relationship that Rev Run has with his wife Justine Simmons, but honestly, I’m not interested in anything Tyrese has to say regarding romantic relationships. Hopefully, Rev’s wisdom is enough to make this show worth watching.
Does this sound like a television show you’d be interested in checking out?