Tyrese: The Man Who Brought Back R&B?

So, you’ve definitely heard by now, Tyrese is back and he’s Grammy nominated.

Not only does he have the hopes of taking home the highly revered trophy for music, he also has taken his destiny into his own hands and has released his album, Black Rose, independently. Black Rose went on to go platinum and was number one on the Billboard top 200 charts. Needless to say, this independent venture went exceptionally well. But it wasn’t enough for him to have the platinum plaque; he had to issue a challenge to all other R&B singers to meet him at the top so to speak.

The challenge, which was issued via Instagram as a video, was also shot in front of his Billboard plaque.

Here’s my challenge to every R&B singer in the game: do a pure R&B album with no hip hop features. A pure R&B album. Can you do it?

Tyrese

Maybe the challenge was for others to complete the task that he was unable to do himself, or maybe we are expected to overlook the fact that Black Rose featured Snoop Dogg on the track “Dumb Sh-t.” The last time I checked, Snoop was a rapper. Did he cross over without any of our knowledge? Stranger things have happened in 2015, so it might be true. (After further investigation, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not true.)

But here’s where things get a little sticky, Tank, fellow R&B artist and part of Tyrese’s R&B group, TGT, responded to the challenge with a bad taste in his mouth. Although Tank was also featured on Black Rose, he apparently wasn’t going to bite his tongue on the issue. Tank left a message on Fameolous to express how shady Tyrese was.

Tank

No, the challenge is shade! None of us have heard of Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, etc! It’s not a challenge, he’s just indirectly flaunting his success!…lol Which is fine, but don’t act like you the only one doing R&B music. Lol”

I kind of have to agree with Tank, whose album I absolutely adore by the way. As a lover of both R&B and Hip Hop, I can see why both tend to find themselves in the same bed, making great crossover love to each other for our ears to enjoy. However, this “purist” ideal that Tyrese has going on is something that he couldn’t even manage with his own album. Because when it’s good, baby, it’s too good to let go! And Hip Hop doesn’t affect R&B the way R&B affects Hip Hop. R&B softens the sounds, smooths out the beats and makes the rapper explore a different side and reach a gentler audience.

In short, we all can get some! Tyrese, I adore your album and I am very proud of you and your accomplishments and Grammy nomination. From middle school to now, I have loved growing with you. Just don’t think that this challenge of yours isn’t done on the regular, not only by the aforementioned artists either. It’s not a challenge to them; it’s everyday life.

Porsche Bowie

Porsche Bowie

Senior Music and Entertainment Coordinator

From the San Francisco Bay Area. Majored in Creative Writing at Cal State University San Bernardino. Has written/edited for university publications and lifestyle blogs. Currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.

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