Tyrese Gibson: “My #1 Relationship Rule”
It’s been five years since Tyrese Gibson released his fourth CD Alter Ego, and since then his film profile has exploded with seven more films including the three “Transformers” blockbusters and the latest in the “Fast & The Furious” franchise. He also made the NY Times bestsellers list with his debut self-help book “How To Get Out of Your Own Way” and even created a series of comic books.
From breaking onto the scene thanks to a well-sung Coca-Cola commercial at the age of sixteen, to winning the American Music Award for Best New R&B Artist, to his film debut in “Baby Boy,” Tyrese has excelled in a variety of forums: music, acting, modeling, and now publishing.
Tyrese, 32, sat down with Loop 21 to discuss his latest LP Open Invitation set to release on Nov. 1, the connection between some of the songs’ lyrics and his personal recipe for relationship success, and the motivational new book he’s working on.
Loop 21: You are about to release Open Invitation, your first CD in five years. How has your music career evolved since you began?
Tyrese Gibson: When I began my music career at 19 I didn’t know who I was. I wrote and sang “Lately” on my first CD, but I was too young to be singing those words: “Have I told you I love you lately.” The record company A&R people were dictating what I should write and sing about so I followed what they told me. I was just happy to be out of the hood so I wrote it. “Lately” is a mature song I should be singing now. Open Invitation is my first CD on my own independent label Voltron Recordz. I recorded it in my home studio and paid for it myself. I had the freedom to write and record what I wanted. I had five different work stations set up in my home; thirteen people sleeping in my house for three weeks working on the CD. It was R&B boot camp. We laughed and prayed together. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner together. It was the most fun I’ve ever had recording music.