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Tyrese Gibson
Gibson in December 2008
Background information
Birth name Tyrese Darnell Gibson
Also known as Black-Ty, Tyrese
Born (1978-12-30) December 30, 1978 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • model
  • actor
  • VJ
  • screenwriter
  • film producer
  • author
  • television producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1994–present
  • RCA (1997–2001)
  • J (2002–06)
  • Voltron (2011–present)
  • EMI (2011–12; defunct)
  • Caroline (2015–present)

Tyrese Darnell Gibson (born December 30, 1978), also known mononymously as Tyrese, is an American Grammy-nominated 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 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 auditioned for a Coca Cola commercial at the suggestion of his high school music teacher. 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 and Tommy Hilfiger.

1998–99: Tyrese[edit]

In early 1998, Gibson 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 at the age of 19. It debuted on the Billboard charts at #17. In late 1998, Gibson 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 Gibson a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance. The album eventually went on to be certified Platinum. Gibson 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, Gibson released his second studio album, 2000 Watts. The first single off the album was "I Like Them Girls," which reached #15 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album went on 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 the film Baby Boy, Gibson's first major acting role.

2002–03: I Wanna Go There[edit]

After RCA Records was disbanded Gibson 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, Gibson 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 Gibson's lowest selling album to date. In 2007, Gibson, 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, Gibson 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, Gibson 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 Gibson 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 Gibson, Ginuwine, and Tank would be releasing their debut collaboration album, to be distributed by Atlantic Records.[8][9] On April 10, 2013, Gibson 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 Gibson's final studio album. It will be a double album set to be released in the summer of 2015. On July 10, 2015, Black Rose was released and had debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 77,000 copies, making it Gibson's first number one album of his career.[11]

Acting career[edit]

Gibson rose to prominence as an actor when he starred in John Singleton's Baby Boy in 2001.[12]

Gibson has a recurring role in two of the highest grossing film series: The Fast and the Furious and Transformers.

The Fast and the Furious[edit]

Gibson plays Roman Pearce in The Fast and the Furious film series. He first played 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.[13][14] Singleton directed the blockbuster hit. He returned as Roman Pearce in Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015),[15] and The Fate of the Furious (2017).[16]


Gibson portrays sergeant Robert Epps in the Transformers film series. In 2007, Gibson was a member of the ensemble cast of Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Megan Fox, Anthony Anderson and Jon Voight, with star Shia LaBeouf, in Transformers, directed and co-produced by Michael Bay.[17] Steven Spielberg served as executive producer. The film went on to make nearly $710 million worldwide. Gibson returned, as Sergent Robert Epps, for the sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011),[18][19] and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).[16]

Other films[edit]

In 2005, Singleton and Gibson collaborated for the third time when Gibson co-starred in the action-crime drama Four Brothers alongside Mark Wahlberg.[20][21]

Gibson went on to star in the action-drama Waist Deep with Meagan Good.[22][23]

In 2008, he co-starred opposite Jason Statham in Death Race.[24][25]


On May 8, 2012, Gibson released his first book, entitled How to Get Out of Your Own Way. It went on to be a New York Times best seller.[26] On February 5, 2013, Gibson 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.[27][28][29] In 2013, Gibson announced that he was working on a third book entitled Black Rose.


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
2013 Black Nativity Tyson
2015 Furious 7 Roman Pearce
2015 Hollywood Adventures Himself
2016 Ride Along 2 Mayfield
2017 The Fate of the Furious Roman Pearce
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Robert Epps


Year Title Role
1996 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Darrell
1997 Martin Dante
1998 Parent 'Hood, TheThe Parent 'Hood Coop
1999 MTV Beach House Himself
1999 Blue's Clues Tyrese
2000 Moesha Troy
2010 La La's Full Court Wedding Himself
2011 The Soup Himself
2016 American Dad! Himself
2016– Star Pastor Bobby Harris

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"
2008 Akon featuring Colby O'Donis and Kardinal Offishall "Beautiful"
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"
2015 Eric Bellinger featuring 2 Chainz "Focused On You"

Theme park ride[edit]

Year Title Role
2015 Fast & Furious: Supercharged Roman Pearce

Awards and nominations[edit]

American Music Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2000 Tyrese Gibson Favorite New R&B/Soul Artist Won[30]
Black Movie Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2006 Waist Deep Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominated[30]
Black Reel Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2002 "Just a Baby Boy" (with Mr. Tan and Snoop Dogg) Best Song Nominated[30]
Baby Boy Best Actor Nominated[30]
2006 Four Brothers Best Ensemble Nominated[30]
Grammy Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2000 "Sweet Lady" Best R&B Male Vocal Performance Nominated
2004 "How U Gonna Act Like That" Best R&B Male Vocal Performance Nominated
2013 Open Invitation Best R&B Album Nominated
2014 Three Kings with Ginuwine and Tank as TGT Best R&B Album Nominated
2016 "Shame" Best Traditional R&B Performance Nominated
Best R&B Song Nominated
NAACP Image Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2002 2000 Watts Outstanding Hip-Hop Artist Nominated
2002 Baby Boy Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated[30]
2002 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Outstanding Performance in a Variety Show Nominated[30]
2012 Trumpet Awards Pinnacle Award Won[30]
Literary Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 Self-Help, "How To Get Out of Your Own Way" Best Writer, African-American Literary Award, Category Nominated
Locarno International Film Festival
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2001 Baby Boy for 'its innovative concept and ensemble acting' Special Mention Award
Soul Train Music Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2013 "TGT" with Ginuwine and Tank New Artist of the Year Nominated
2012 "Stay" Song of the Year Won


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  13. ^ "Top Five Highest Paid Stars in the Fast and the Furious Franchise". Sofia of Sweden. June 26, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Where Are They Now: The Cast of 2 Fast 2 Furious". BET. 
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  18. ^ Rich, Katey (June 26, 2009). "Exclusive Interview: Tyrese Talks Transformers". Cinema Blend. 
  19. ^ Weintraub, Steve "Frosty" (July 5, 2011). "Tyrese Gibson Talks TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, FAST FIVE and FAST SIX, Music, Twitter, His Book, More". Collider. 
  20. ^ Morales, Wilson (August 2005). "Four Brothers: An Interview with Mark Wahlberg and Tyrese Gibson". Black Film. 
  21. ^ "Four Brothers - Interview with Mark Wahlberg and Tyrese Gibson". Spike. July 26, 2005. 
  22. ^ "Waist Deep". BET. 
  23. ^ Reid, Shaheem (June 23, 2006). "Game, Tyrese Swap Rapping, Acting Tips On 'Waist Deep' Set". MTV. 
  24. ^ Morales, Wilson (August 18, 2008). "Death Race: An Interview with Tyrese Gibson". Black Film. 
  25. ^ "Tyrese Gibson plays gay bad-ass in "Death Race"… or does he?". The Back Lot. August 25, 2008. 
  26. ^ TYRESE. "Tyrese's World". Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  27. ^ USATODAY (30 January 2013). "'Manology' unlocks secrets of your man's mind". USA TODAY. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  28. ^ "Manology: Tyrese, Rev Run Divulge 'Secrets Of Your Man's Mind' In New Book (VIDEO, EXCERPT)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  29. ^ "Tyrese - Black Rose". Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  30. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tyrese Gibson - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 

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