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Tyrese Gibson

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Tyrese Gibson
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Gibson at the San Diego Comic Con for Image Comics in July 2009.
Background information
Birth name Tyrese Darnell Gibson
Also known as Black-Ty
Born (1978-12-30) December 30, 1978 (age 36)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres R&B, hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, model, actor, VJ, screenwriter, film producer, author, television producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1994 – present
Labels RCA (1997 – 2001)
J (2002 – 2006)
Voltron (2011 – present)
EMI (2011 – present)

Tyrese Darnell Gibson (born December 30, 1978), also known simply as Tyrese, is an American Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter, actor, author, television producer, former fashion model and MTV VJ. He is best known for his roles as Joseph "Jody" Summers in Baby Boy and as Roman Pearce in the The Fast and the Furious series. After releasing several albums, he transitioned into films, with lead roles in several major Hollywood releases.

Early life[edit]

Gibson was born and raised in Watts, Los Angeles, California.[1][2] His mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson (née Durham), raised him and his three older siblings as a single parent after Gibson's father, Tyrone Gibson, left. Gibson attended Florida A&M University.[3][4]

Music career[edit]

Music beginnings[edit]

Gibson's career began when he was discovered on a bus. An appearance in a 1994 Coca-Cola advertisement, singing the phrase "Always Coca-Cola",[5] led to bigger fame. It led him to other appearances for Guess (clothing) and Tommy Hilfiger. After developing a successful modeling career, Tyrese could not push aside his wish to develop a career in the music industry, a goal he had aimed to achieve since he started singing at the age of 14.

1998–99: Tyrese[edit]

In early 1998, Tyrese was signed as an artist to early RCA Records. Afterwards, he released his debut single "Nobody Else". It quickly rose on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #36. On September 29, 1998, he released his self-titled album Tyrese. It debuted on the Billboard charts at #17. In late 1998, Tyrese became the new host of the weekday music video show MTV Jams on MTV and a host and VJ for the channel.[6] Afterwards, he released the second single from the album "Lately". It made it to #56 on the Billboard charts. Then, the album's third single and highest charting single "Sweet Lady" became the album's biggest hit, reaching #9 on the R&B charts. The single earned Tyrese a Grammy award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance at the awards ceremony. The album eventually went on to be certified Platinum. Tyrese along with singers Ginuwine, RL of Next and Case were featured on the soundtrack of the The Best Man on the single "The Best Man I Can Be".

2001: 2000 Watts[edit]

On May 22, 2001, Tyrese released his second studio album 2000 Watts. The first single off the album was "I Like Them Girls" it charted on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #15. The album went to be certified Gold selling over 500,000 copies. The third single off the album "Just a Baby Boy" with Snoop Dogg and Mr. Tan was featured on the soundtrack to his major acting debut film Baby Boy.

2002–03: I Wanna Go There[edit]

After RCA Records was disbanded Tyrese went on to sign to J Records. There he released his third studio album I Wanna Go There on December 10, 2002. His first single from the album and arguably his most successful single to date "How You Gonna Act Like That" debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #7.

2006–07: Alter Ego[edit]

On December 12, 2006, Tyrese released his fourth studio album Alter Ego, his first double disc album. It was also his first album in which he debuts his rapping persona. The first single off the album was "One" debuting on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #26. The album itself is considered Tyrese's lowest selling album to date. In 2007, Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank founded TGT.

2011–12: Open Invitation[edit]

After taking time from music to focus on his family and his highly successful acting career, Tyrese decided it was time to return to music. In 2011, he signed himself and his newly founded label Voltron Recordz to EMI and announced he was working on a new album entitled Open Invitation. On August 16, 2011, Tyrese released the lead single "Stay".the music video for the single featured fellow actor and friend Taraji P. Henson It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #11.[7] The second single "Too Easy" featured fellow actor and friend Ludacris. It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #38. The third single "Nothing On You" peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #61. Open Invitation was released on November 1, 2011. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 albums chart at #9, sold 130,000 copies in its first week and has gone on to sell over 400,000 copies. In 2013, the album earned Tyrese his third Grammy nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album.

2013–present: TGT and Black Rose[edit]

In early 2013, it was announced and confirmed after much speculation that Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank would be releasing their debut collaboration album, to be distributed by Atlantic Records.[8][9] On April 10, 2013, Tyrese announced that he is working on a new album entitled Black Rose, expected to be released some time in 2014.[10] It will serve as Tyrese's final studio album. It will be a double album set to be released in the summer of 2015.

Acting career[edit]

Gibson rose to prominence as an actor when he starred in John Singleton's Baby Boy in 2001.

Gibson is best known for playing Roman Pearce in 2 Fast 2 Furious, the 2003 sequel to The Fast and the Furious alongside fellow friend and actor Paul Walker and Eva Mendes. Singleton once again directed the blockbuster hit and in 2005 they collaborated for the third time when Gibson co-starred in the action-crime drama Four Brothers alongside Mark Whalberg. He went on to star in the action-drama Waist Deep with Meagan Good.

In 2007, Gibson landed his biggest role when he co-starred with Shia LaBeouf, and the ensemble cast of Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Megan Fox, Anthony Anderson and Jon Voight in Transformers, directed and co-produced by Michael Bay. Steven Spielberg served as executive producer and the film went on to making nearly $710 million worldwide. In 2008, he co-starred opposite Jason Statham in Death Race. Gibson returned once again for the sequels to Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) & Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) . In 2011 he returned as Roman Pearce in Fast Five, and played the character again in the 2013 film Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7, which hits theatres April 3, 2015.

Ventures and personal life[edit]

In late 1990, Tyrese made his modeling debut on a number of popular fashion magazines.

On May 8, 2012, Tyrese released his first book entitled How to Get Out of Your Own Way. It went on to be a New York Times best seller.[11] On February 5, 2013, Tyrese co-authored his second book along with close personal friend Rev. Run entitled Manology: Secrets of Your Man's Mind Revealed, which also went on to be a New York Times best seller.[12][13][14] In 2013, Tyrese announced that he was working on a third book entitled Black Rose.

In December 2013, Tyrese laid flowers at the crash site of Paul Walker who was his best friend. He could be seen visibly crying. An emotional tribute song titled "My Best Friend", featuring The Roots and Ludacris was released shortly after the accident. However, it was later found out to be fan made. Tyrese made an announcement on Twitter about the song saying "FYI me and Ludacris didn't release a tribute song ... It's a nice gesture but it's a fan made tribute ... Thank u." Tyrese briefly fell into depression after Walker's death.


Main article: Tyrese discography



Year Title Role
2000 Love Song Skip/Mad Rage
2001 Baby Boy Joseph 'Jody' Summers
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Roman Pearce
2004 Flight of the Phoenix AJ
2005 Four Brothers Angel Mercer
2005 Annapolis Matt Cole
2006 Waist Deep Otis/O2
2007 Transformers Robert Epps
2007 Take, TheThe Take Adell Baldwin
2008 Death Race Joseph "Machine Gun Joe" Mason
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Robert Epps
2010 Legion Kyle Williams
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Robert Epps
2011 Fast Five Roman Pearce
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Roman Pearce
2013 Black Nativity Tyson
2015 Furious 7 Roman Pearce
2015 Death Over Dishonor Joseph 'Jody' Summers


Year Title Role
1996 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Darrell
1997 Martin Dante
1998 Parent 'Hood, TheThe Parent 'Hood Coop
1999 MTV Beach House
1999 Blue's Clues Tyrese
2000 Moesha Troy
2010 La La's Full Court Wedding Himself
2011 The Soup Himself

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title
1997 SWV "Rain"
1998 Usher "My Way"
1999 Monica "Angel of Mine"
2003 Roselyn Sánchez "Amor Amor"
2003 R. Kelly featuring Big Tigger and Cam'ron "Snake (Remix)"
2006 Omarion "Entourage"
2007 Keyshia Cole "Love"
2009 Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz "I Can Transform Ya"
2010 Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé "Telephone"
2013 Clinton Sparks featuring 2 Chainz and Macklemore "Gold Rush"
2013 T-Pain featuring B.O.B "Up Down"


  • Black Movie Awards
    • 2006, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Waist Deep (Nominated)[15]
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2014, Best R&B Album: "Three Kings" with Ginuwine and Tank as TGT (Nominated)
    • 2013, Best R&B Album: "Open Invitation" (Nominated)
    • 2004, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance: "How U Gonna Act Like That" (Nominated) (released December 17, 2002)
    • 2000, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance: "Sweet Lady" (Nominated)
  • Literary Awards
    • 2011, Best Writer, African-American Literary Award, Category: Self-Help, "How To Get Out of Your Own Way" (Nominated)
  • Soul Train Awards
    • 2013, New Artist of the Year: "TGT" with Ginuwine and Tank (Nominated)
    • 2012, Song of the Year: "Stay" (Award Recipient)


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