Tyrese is approaching his rap career as if he were a new artist as proven when he personally handed out his The Best of Both Hoodz mix tape CD at the recent BET Awards and other high profile events. Tyrese has been rhyming since before he was singing, growing up in Watts. His roots were in hip hop, having been in a rap group called "Triple Impact" prior to the success of his solo R&B career. Tyrese has chosen to take a humble approach to his rap debut, "I never question the order of God's blessing so I'm lucky to be able to rap and sing and I have been successful with R&B first. With regards to Black-Ty, he's broke and not established and I have been grinding like a new artist. I want to work hard on my rap career from the ground up. I don't want to be the biggest rapper out of the West Coast, I just want to contribute to the groundwork that's already been laid out and do my part," says Tyrese.
Although many of Tyrese's colleagues in the music industry acknowledge his singing skills, they were taken aback by his delivery on the microphone as a rap artist. Says Method Man of Wu Tang Clan, "I was pleasantly surprised I must say. I did not know that Tyrese could rhyme so well but I should have known better. I am not just saying that because he's the homie. His swagger is crazy. Everyone should give him a second look on this rap tip." Snoop Dogg, who lent his support to the Black-Ty project by recording a track with Tyrese says, "He's really got it cracking to the point where he didn't seem like he was out of his range. It seemed like something that he was naturally born to do. That's when I welcomed him to the game, being the king of the West, you know what I'm saying? He got my blessing as far as from the rap style of it, the rap side of it. This is one of the best albums I've ever heard. Anybody who ain't behind it, come see me."
The Game, his co star in Waist Deep (Rogue Pictures/ Focus Features) which is in theaters now, has been an avid supporter, and has already laid down 4 tracks with Tyrese. "Tyrese is a good friend of mine and he has my support in whatever it is he wants to do. He's been successful on every scale from singing to acting, so what would make anybody think that he couldn't do rap? I heard some Tyrese sh-- and it's crazy."
Tyrese has also enlisted Chris Lighty, founder of Violator management (50 Cent, Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes) to officiate this Black-Ty hip-hop movement. Lighty will help launch Black-Ty's superstar rap career, staking his reputation on Black-Ty and is confident that Black-Ty is poised to become a household name in hip hop. Fans can listen to more music from Black-Ty with the upcoming release of the Ghetto Royalty Volume I Mixtape - hosted by NY's own DJ S&S which is slated for release the first week of August 2006. Tyrese has released his mix-tapes through Headquarter Entertainment, his own multi-media enterprise which is based out of Los Angeles, California. Headquarter Entertainment is - Home of The Frontline BoyZ, his in house production team. The Frontline BoyZ can be heard on various tracks on both mix tapes and on his highly anticipated album "Alter Ego" scheduled for release Fall 2006 on J Records.
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