California's Black Rose Tyrese

Have I learned that's your question
And my answer I have
But if you're expecting perfection
Then we're not gonna last
That is not an excuse
I'm just telling the truth
Baby, I'm so sorry
 For hurting you

Lyrics from "Shame" Tyrese

Tyrese Gibson known as "Tyrese" is a handsome singer, actor, rapper, author, and former model. He had remained true to the tradition of R&B. His latest album "Black Rose" has reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts. In addition to the successful album his latest single "Shame" has reached No. 1 on the charts as well. The song has been in heavy rotation on black radio stations. He probes that if the song was sung by white artists such as Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith, and Robin Thicke then the song would be played on white radio stations. Urban stations play white artists in heavy rotation.

Words from Tyrese
"I got an issue with mainstream radio right now," he said. "I don't create limits for myself so I don't appreciate mainstream (radio) not playing my song." Tyrese via TMZ video

He also penned an open letter and expressed his disdain the letter was featured on Facebook. " How is it possible that urban radio plays Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, and Sam Smith when they releases R&B soul records and when we're singing in the exact same genre, we don't get any love on the other side...??" he wrote. " 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!" Tyrese suggested  that this song "Shame" featuring Jennifer Hudson, deserved to be heard worldwide. " I won't stop or rest until we get there... #King," he finished.

Toni's Thoughts: I do not disagree with Tyrese's assertion. Racism does exist in the music industry. But in the words of the late great Michael Jackson "They don't really care about us." White America loves to consume "Black Culture" but does not value black people. Therefore we will never receive credit for our contributions.  Many white artists have appropriated black music and received critical acclaim while black artists have turned their backs on their music traditions in the quest to be accepted by the mainstream audience. This has given white artists an opportunity to crossover and release diluted versions of black music. This parallels the music politics of the 1950s when Pat Boone would steal Little Richard's music and receive credit.  White radio stations refused to play Little Richard's original version of the song "Tutti Frutti" but they played Pat Boone's version. Tyrese delivered great authentic music that Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Teddy Pendergrass, and Bobby Womack would be proud of. Tyrese your music is amazing. I have a couple of questions for Black America. Do you know your self worth? Why do you need validation from white people? I have an issue with black radio stations supporting cultural appropriation.

Below is the link to the video "Shame" Tyrese feat. Jennifer Hudson



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