Tyrese Defends The Importance of R&B, Talks Staying True To The Music



We all witnessed the success of Tyrese‘s grassroots campaign for his last album Black Rose, and how his persistence to stress the importance of celebrating classic R&B music was key to the movement.

Continuing to be one of the largest voices in the fight to have mainstream media support the music, the singer has sat down with ESSENCE for a new interview, which also acts as promo for his upcoming performance at the ESSENCE Music Festival this coming July 4th weekend.

During the interview, Tyrese talked about his favorite artists, and explained how it’s up to a select group of singers to spread the magic of true soul music.

“We are here to hold it down, it’s like defenders of the earth, we’re here to defend the culture, and just re-spark the interest in true R&B Soul,” he says.

Additionally, Tyrese serenaded the cameras with a love letter to R&B, getting all in his feels.

Check out the interview and performance below.

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