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‘Dumb Sh*t’ Launches Tyrese’s ‘Black Rose’

Smooth lover man Tyrese has been posting for months that he’s dropping his Last. Solo. Album. Ever. Black Rose.  It’s accompanied by a book and a documentary, A Black Rose That Grew Through Concrete, in which the singer/actor/author/model/motivational speaker remembers his hard-knock-live growing up in Watts.  Raised by a single mother, the young man was exposed to drugs, alcohol and nearly every other vice imaginable.  Before singing, his ultimate dream was to become a garbage man!  Instead, his voice, perseverance and radiant smile took him to Hollywood and, ultimately, to his destiny.  Now if that ain’t a (black) rose that grew from concrete, I don’t know what is.

Now, Tyrese balances fame and fatherhood while reflecting back on some “Dumb Sh*t” – the lead single for Black Rose.

“Dumb Sh*t” sounds like something the ‘90’s cooked up. The strong Aaliyah-esque drums give us that classic old school R&B vibe.  Topic is tried and true of course: bad boy done wrong wants to get back in good girl’s graces. But what gives it a nice edge is Tyrese’ confessional vocals over lush melodies. “I be doin’ dumb sh*t, I be doin’ sh*t, I keep doin’ dumb sh*t…” Sounds like the player finally sees the play.  The Fugees sample adds that extra sonic punch!  And Snoop Dogg swings in with his laaaaid back style. I predict this will be the most guest-rapped song by remorseful rappers all year.

In real life though, Tyrese is definitely not doing dumb sh*t. He’s actually doing some pretty smart sh*t.The Renaissance Man stars in the latest Fast and Furious 7 flick, and he also recently released a New York Times bestseller, Manology, with spiritual mentor Rev Run.  He cobbled together the remaining R&B male giants, Tank and Ginuwine, to create the supergroup TGT, launched his own entertainment company Voltron, and now has created a personal pulpit of inspirational vlogs.

Tyrese’ 2011’s Grammy nominated effort, Open Invitation, sold 400,000 copies and had the number one single on Billboard for 11 weeks with “Stay.” We look forward to Black Rose pulling in that same kind of success this year, especially since it’s a Black Rose that Grew Through Concrete.


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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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