Since its release, the singer/actor has been blasting white radio stations for not playing his hit single “Shame.”
“I’m not a racist, I’m not using the race card and I’m not trying to create any type of negative energy toward (radio hosts) Ryan Seacrest or Elvis Duran specifically,” Gibson says. “I’m simply asking the question: If Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke and Sam Smith are singing R&B/soul music, how is it possible that they’re being played by Top 40, rhythmic and urban AC stations? Yet when we sing R&B/soul, it’s only being played on black radio? It’s not fair, it’s not right and I’m not having it.”
Just in case mainstream radio is not grasping the severity of his passion, Tyrese recently led a protest outside iHeartRadio in Burbank, California – drawing hundreds of fans and the Police. Check out the video above.
“I heard that there are a few folks in this event, from iHeart, that haven’t heard the song ‘Shame,’”Tyrese said. “They ain’t supporting it on mainstream radio so I’m just coming to perform for free.”
Police arrived at the scene because the free concert was disrupting traffic, and after a warning, Tyrese was cited for blocking traffic, TMZ reports. He later turned to Instagram to further express his frustration about the cops shutting down his attempt to be great.
“All I wanna do is have my #1 song #Billboard #Shame thats 2 weeks in a row on Billboard to be HEARD!!!!”, he posted on Instagram. Peep his posts below.
During a recent visit to CBS News, Tyrese spoke about the significance of his fans supporting “Black Rose” – as nobody listens to a full album anymore.
”I got a real R&B soul album. It’s got 14 of my best songs, period. They came from the fibers of my heart. What and when is the last time you supported a full album?” Tyrese said.
He also spoke about how his own personal experiences inspired his first new material since 2013’s “Three Kings.”
“You don’t have to worry about listening to this album and not believing my story,” he said. “I went three and a half years — everything imaginable was thrown at me trying to take my legs from under me, stopping me from creating this art. This is my life right here,” he said while pointing to the CD.
Look at my last 8 post about what happened today… 8 police cars and 4 motorcycle cars later – R&B going #Mainstream must be a REAL THREAT – I fear no man but GOD and my position won’t change – thank you to the 80+ multi ethnic fans for showing up – there’s power in numbers – #RnBSOULDIERS I FREAKIN LOVE YOU!!!!! #BlackRoseMission
I seen a little girl cry because she wasn’t tall enough to get a cd while I was passing them out – Wiped her tears, Gae her hug and took a cd from a dude and she smiled awwweeeee!!! That was the highlight of this moment….. All I wanna do is have my #1 song #Billboard #Shame thats 2 weeks in a row on Billboard to be HEARD!!!! 8 police cars and 4 motorcycle cars later – R&B must be a REAL THREAT – I fear no man but GOD and my position won’t change – thank you to the 80+ multi ethnic fans for showing up – there’s power in numbers – #RnBSOULDIERS I FREAKIN LOVE YOU!!!!! #BlackRoseMission I sung from my HEART in front of the iHEART building LA!!! A video posted by TYRESE (@tyrese) on