R&B singer/actor Tyrese is riding high at the moment, having co-starred in the blockbuster film Furious 7 earlier this year, he’s since returned his focus to music. His latest effort, Black Rose, recently topped the Billboard album charts. And he’s quick to remind you that Black Rose is, in fact, an album. “[It’s] A full album,” he stresses. “That you can play from top to bottom and don’t skip anything. It still exists.”
While the very idea of referring to a group of songs as an “album” seems to be going the way of the 8-track, Tyrese is up front about his affection for older music, and the way music use to be packaged and sold. He’s also not trying to jump on any trends, as he recently told us in a Radio.com interview.
“I got just one rapper on my album,” he notes, referring to Snoop Dogg, who guests on “Dumb S***.” (Other guests include Chrisette Michele, Tank and Brandy.)
“I’m sorry! I ain’t twerkin’, I don’t know nobody named ‘Nae Nae.’ Sorry!”
Additionally, he’ll remind you that, when you go to see him perform, he’s doing things the old fashioned on stage as well. “When you come see me in concert, it’s gonna be me! I ain’t got 15 people comin’ from behind the curtain! I’m sorry! There’s live music, no autotune, it’s real singing from the soul and it’s raw, [it’s] the music that we all know and fell in love with.”
Clearly, Black Rose means a lot to him, and not only because he’s nostalgic for the LP (or CD) era. He’s gone through a lot in life in the years leading up to the release of his latest album.