Tyrese Opens Up About His Last Studio Album, Pop Music & Dodges Sanaa Lathan Questions

Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese Gibson

Although Tyrese Gibson is known initially for laying down smooth tracks, it’s safe to say that the 36-year-old artist can be considered more than just an R&B OG. In addition to music, Tyrese has put in work on the big screen and will be trying this talents at an upcoming talk show with Rev Run on OWN.

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This week, he stopped by Hot 97, discussing his final solo album Black Rose; short-film Shame and his open letter to Janelle Monae. He even manages to curve a question about Sanaa Lathan, who was rumored to have been dating earlier this year. Check out a few excerpts:

On Shame:

The Shame song is actually a short film called Shame produced by Denzel Washington and starring myself and Jennifer Hudson. It’s 25 minutes running time and it feels like Dream Girls or Ray. It’s a 1968 piece. It’s dark. It’s dysfunctional. It’s everything that the Shame song represents. The music video is a condensed version of the movie.

On what he was going through while making the album:

I was in relationship for five years on the low. My girl lived with me. That relationship ended. Took my legs from under me. You get used to that familiar energy. I made a bunch of mistakes. I was out on the road. Im a man, Im still curious.