O1LT.COM MUSIC REVIEW: BLACK TY-"GHETTO ROYALTY"!!!
Forget what you know about cookie cutter R&B sensation Tyrese Gibson. Most of us remember him as the young bright eyed soul singer belting out the Coca Cola theme song like no other. Females all across the country were hopping on local transit systems in attempt to find a coke and his smile. But after years of doing the R&B thang, an alter ego has emerged and “Black Ty” is his name. I will be the first to admit that when I got word Tyrese’s was going to put out a rap album I thought the idea was corny and down right stupid. It would seem that his recent street thug roles had gotten the best of him and out of nowhere he thought he could spit 16 bars. But the minute I put in his new mix tape “Ghetto Royalty” my mouth dropped in shock. No matter what people are calling him these days, the last thing you'd call him is whack, the boy got skills. It seemed that his aspiring rap career was almost sidelined earlier this year when tracks from his upcoming project were leaked all over the internet. But it looks like you can’t count a brutha like Black Ty (Tyrese) out, especially when he’s got such a strong hunger to be in the game and get his respect.
The first song “Switch It Up” is ridiculous and Black Ty's lyrical delivery has an unlikely finesse that is hot. As I listened to this album every track seemed to get better and better…with the exception of “Give It Te Me Girl” feat Memphis Bleek and “The Watcher” “Ghetto Royalty” is worthy of the respect of any rapper in the game today. I do believe that Black Ty is the first hip hop artist to get Stevie Wonder to appear on a track. (Will Smith’s “Wild Wild West” doesn’t count) and that in itself is miraculous.
Black Ty’s lyrical project reflects his growth as an artist, rapper and entertainer. He stands to give current rappers in the game serious competition when his album drops. As much as I would love to hate on Black Ty, as much as I would love to tell everyone this is CD is garbage and to not waste your time, I cant. Black Ty is doing his thing and “Ghetto Royalty” is on fiyah. There’s a line he says on “Get Cake” feat Cassidy: “I’m gonna get mine. Whether it’s singing, rhyming or whatever it is, I’m about my money”. I have to say that I tend to agree with him. If this CD is anything like his new album "Alter Ego" which hits stores on November 28th (J. Records) I will be sliding into a record store to get my copy.
My rating system is as follows:
W.B. - Worth Buying
D.L.-Own it on the Low
NXT-Next Album Please (Whack!)
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"SWITCH IT UP"
"LIKE THIS" Feat. DJ S&S
"GIVE IT TO ME GIRL" Feat. Memphis Bleek
"GET CAKE" Feat. Cassidy
"THE STORM" Feat.Stevie Wonder
"CHANGE THE WORLD" Feat Bishop Lamont & Tyrese
"GOODNITE" Feat Curtains and DJ S&S
"WHY" Feat Tyresse Wali Ali 1
"CHAIN GAME" PSA 1
"DONT GET ME CONFUSED" Feat. Kurupt and Tyrese
"BIRD FLIPPER" Feat. Cassidy
"CARPRICORN" Feat Eris Sermon and Big Tigger
"POP BOTTLES" Feat Bishop Lamont and Tyrese
"CONCIOUS" Feat My Concious
"HERE I GO" Feat Mane O
"BEAT THE SYSTEM" Feat Bihop Lamont & Tyrese
"INK MY PEN"
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