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Album Review

Whether you've been a fan of Tyrese the VJ, Tyrese the model, Tyrese the actor, Tyrese the singer, or any combination thereof, one glance at the two-disc Alter Ego is likely to provoke a question or two. On the front of the package, a stone-faced Tyrese is "Tyrese (aka Black-Ty)," and this is meant to indicate that disc one offers more of Tyrese's sensitive (if swaggering) R&B. On the back of the package, a stone-faced Tyrese puts on a pair of sunglasses and transforms into (dun-dun-dun) "Black-Ty (aka Tyrese)," indicating that disc two is very different from disc one. With rare exception, disc one is indistinct seduction material, and little of it compares to either of Tyrese's first two albums. On disc two, Black-Ty is an indistinguishable amalgam of at least a dozen big-name rappers (some of whom even guest here). At the least, the first disc sounds relatively natural and sincere; the second sounds more like a put-on.

Customer Reviews

schizophrenic

I've always thought of tyrese as the gangsta-living-in-the-hood kind of person with a soulful sultry cloak - a kind of wolf in sheep skin kind of artist and this album proves it. I previously didn't know about his roots in rap music and so the fact that he can rap really well makes for an interesting twist in the story of this multi-talented performer. His soul-bearing diatribe between his regular self (tyrese) and alterego (black ty) is interesting to say the least, but is excellently executed and lets us into the conflict that this album is supposedly based on. Because I am a neo soul and R&B lover more than a hip-hop connoiseur, the first half of the album appeals to me more than the second half, but it is all very nicely done and another great addition to both genres in my music library.

Biography

Born: December 30, 1978 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

R&B singer and actor Tyrese Gibson — referred to as Tyrese — began his career at the age of 14, performing in local talent shows around his home in Los Angeles' Watts section. His big break came when he starred in a commercial for Coca-Cola, followed shortly in 1998 by his self-titled debut album for RCA. 2000 Watts arrived three years later and I Wanna Go There appeared a year after that, but it wasn't until late 2006 that he released his fourth album, Alter Ego, a double-disc set...
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