Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese Darnell Gibson (born December 30, 1978)[1][2] is an American singer, actor, and songwriter.

Tyrese Gibson
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Gibson in 2015
Tyrese Darnell Gibson

(1978-12-30) December 30, 1978 (age 42)
Other names
  • Black-Ty
  • singer
  • actor
  • songwriter
Years active1994–present
Norma Mitchell
(m. 2007; div. 2009)

Samantha Lee Gibson
(m. 2017; separated 2020)

Musical career
Associated actsTGT

Tyrese released his self-titled debut studio album in 1998, and featured the single "Sweet Lady", which peaked at number twelve on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. His second and third albums, 2000 Watts and I Wanna Go There, were released in 2001 and 2002, respectively; the latter contained the lead single "How You Gonna Act Like That", which became Tyrese's highest-charting single, reaching number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. His fourth album, Alter Ego, explored hip hop, while he was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for his fifth album Open Invitation (2011). Tyrese's sixth album, Black Rose (2015), debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, becoming his highest-charting album. He has sold over 4 million records in the United States.[3]

Tyrese had his first starring role in John Singleton's coming-of-age hood film Baby Boy (2001), and then began appearing as Roman Pearce in the Fast & Furious franchise. Tyrese reunited with Singleton for the action film Four Brothers (2005), and plays Robert Epps in the Transformers franchise. He appeared in the comedy film Ride Along 2 (2016), and is slated to appear in the superhero film Morbius (2022).

Early lifeEdit

Gibson was born and raised in Watts, Los Angeles, California.[4][5] His mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson (née Durham), raised him and his three older siblings as a single parent after his father, Tyrone Gibson, left.[6][7]

Music careerEdit

Music beginningsEdit

Gibson's career began when he auditioned for a Coca-Cola commercial at the suggestion of his high school music teacher. An appearance in a 1994 Coca-Cola advertisement, singing the phrase "Always Coca-Cola",[8] led to bigger fame. It also led him to other appearances, such as for Guess and Tommy Hilfiger.

1998–1999: TyreseEdit

Gibson was signed as an artist to RCA Records in early 1998. Afterwards, he released his debut single "Nobody Else". It quickly rose on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 36. On September 29, 1998, he released his self-titled album Tyrese at the age of 19. It debuted on the Billboard charts at No. 17. In late 1998, Gibson became the new host of the weekday music video show MTV Jams on MTV and a host and VJ for the channel.[9] Afterwards, he released the second single from the album "Lately". It made it to No. 56 on the Billboard charts. Then, the album's third single and highest-charting single "Sweet Lady" became the album's biggest hit, reaching No. 9 on the R&B charts. The single earned Gibson a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance. The album eventually went on to be certified Platinum. Gibson, along with singers Ginuwine, RL of Next, and Case, were featured on the soundtrack of The Best Man on the single "The Best Man I Can Be".

2000–2001: 2000 WattsEdit

On May 22, 2001, Gibson released his second studio album 2000 Watts. The first single off the album was "I Like Them Girls," which reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album went on to be certified Gold, selling over 500,000 copies. The third single off the album, "Just a Baby Boy," with Snoop Dogg and Mr. Tan, was featured on the soundtrack to the film Baby Boy, Gibson's first major acting role.

2002–2004: I Wanna Go ThereEdit

After RCA Records was disbanded Gibson went on to sign to J Records. There he released his third studio album I Wanna Go There on December 10, 2002. His first single from the album and arguably his most successful single to date "How You Gonna Act Like That" debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 7.

2005–2010: Alter Ego and hiatusEdit

Gibson in 2008

On December 12, 2006, Gibson released his fourth studio album, Alter Ego, his first double-disc album. It was also his first album in which he debuts his rapping persona. The first single off the album was "One" debuting on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 26. The album itself is considered Gibson's lowest selling album to date. In 2007, Gibson, Ginuwine, and Tank founded TGT.

2011–2012: Open InvitationEdit

After taking time from music to focus on his family and his highly successful acting career, Gibson decided it was time to return to music. In 2011, he signed himself and his newly founded label Voltron Recordz to EMI and announced he was working on a new album titled Open Invitation. On August 16, 2011, Gibson released the lead single "Stay". The music video for the single featured fellow actor, friend and Baby Boy co-star Taraji P. Henson. It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 11.[10] The second single "Too Easy" featured fellow actor, friend and rapper Ludacris. It peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 38. The third single "Nothing On You" peaked on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #61. Open Invitation was released on November 1, 2011. It debuted on the US Billboard 200 albums chart at No. 9, sold 130,000 copies in its first week and has gone on to sell over 400,000 copies. In 2013, the album earned Gibson his third Grammy nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album.

2013–2017: TGT and Black RoseEdit

In early 2013, it was announced and confirmed after much speculation that Gibson, Ginuwine, and Tank would be releasing their debut collaboration album, to be distributed by Atlantic Records.[11][12] In 2014, Gibson released the album Black Rose.[13] A double album set was released in 2015. On July 10, 2015, Black Rose was released and had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 77,000 copies, making it Gibson's first number one album of his career.[14]

2017–present: Identity TheftEdit

In October 2017, Gibson worked on a project titled Identity Theft, and also he returned to the alter ego Black Ty, the album focuses more on his hip hop roots. He predicted that it will "change hip hop".[15]

When Gibson competed on season five of The Masked Singer, interim host Niecy Nash introduced his character as "Porcupine" only for Gibson to tell her that his character preferred to be called "Robopine".

Acting careerEdit

Gibson has a recurring role in two of the highest-grossing film series: Fast & Furious and Transformers. His first big role was in John Singleton's Baby Boy in 2001.[16]

Fast & FuriousEdit

Gibson plays Roman Pearce in the Fast & Furious film series. He first played Pearce alongside his best friend, the late Paul Walker, in 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious, his second collaboration with Singleton.[17][18] He returned as Roman Pearce in Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015),[19] The Fate of the Furious (2017),[20] and F9 (2021).


Gibson portrays Sergeant Robert Epps in the Transformers film series. In 2007, with the ensemble cast of Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Megan Fox, Anthony Anderson and Jon Voight, with star Shia LaBeouf, Transformers went on to make nearly $710 million worldwide. It was directed and co-produced by Michael Bay.[21] Steven Spielberg served as the executive producer. Gibson reprised his role in the sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).[22][23] Gibson was supposed to return as Epps in Transformers: The Last Knight (2017),[24] but was unable to appear due to scheduling conflicts with The Fate of the Furious.[25]

Other filmsEdit

In 2005, Singleton and Gibson collaborated for the third time when Gibson co-starred in the action-crime drama Four Brothers alongside Mark Wahlberg.[26][27]

Gibson went on to star in the action-drama Waist Deep with Meagan Good.[28][29]

In 2008, he co-starred opposite Jason Statham in Death Race.[30][31]

In March 2019, Gibson joined Jared Leto in Sony's Spider-Man spinoff Morbius.[32][33][34]


In 2009, Gibson co-created a 3-issue comic book titled Tyrese Gibson's MAYHEM! after being inspired from his visit to Comic Con.

On May 8, 2012, Gibson released his first book, titled How to Get Out of Your Own Way. It went on to be a New York Times best seller.[35] On February 5, 2013, Gibson co-authored his second book along with close personal friend Rev. Run titled Manology: Secrets of Your Man's Mind Revealed, which also went on to be a New York Times best seller.[36][37][38]

Personal lifeEdit

Gibson was married to Norma Mitchell from 2007 to 2009, and the couple had one child, a daughter,[39] born in 2007.[40] He married Samantha Lee on February 14, 2017.[41][42] Their daughter was born on October 1, 2018.[43] In December 2020, Gibson and Lee announced they were divorcing.[44]

Gibson has described himself as a born-again Christian.[45]

In 2017, Tyrese purchased a $4 million home in Atlanta, Georgia.[46]


Solo albums
Collaborative albums



Year Title Role Note
2000 Love Song Skip/Mad Rage Television film
2001 Baby Boy Joseph 'Jody' Summers
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Roman Pearce
2004 Flight of the Phoenix AJ
2005 Four Brothers Angel Mercer
Annapolis Matt Cole
2006 Waist Deep Otis/O2
2007 Transformers Robert Epps
The Take Adell Baldwin
2008 Death Race Joseph "Machine Gun Joe" Mason
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Robert Epps
2010 Legion Kyle Williams
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Robert Epps
Fast Five Roman Pearce
2012 Eldorado David
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Roman Pearce
Black Nativity Tyson
2015 Furious 7 Roman Pearce
Hollywood Adventures Himself Cameo
2016 Ride Along 2 Mayfield
2017 The Fate of the Furious Roman Pearce
2018 I Am Paul Walker Himself Documentary film
2019 Black and Blue Milo "Mouse" Jackson
2020 The Christmas Chronicles 2 Bob Booker
2021 F9 Roman Pearce
2021 Rogue Hostage Kyle Snowden
2022 Morbius Simon Stroud Post-production
TBA Dangerous Filming


Year Title Role
1996 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Darrell
1997 Martin Dante
1998 Sister, Sister Himself
The Parent 'Hood Coop
1999 MTV Beach House Himself
Blue's Clues Tyrese
2000 Moesha Troy
2003 Half & Half Himself
2010 La La's Full Court Wedding Himself
2011 The Soup Himself
2016 American Dad! Himself
2017 Star Pastor Bobby Harris
2021 The Masked Singer Robopine

Music videosEdit

Year Artist Title
1997 SWV "Rain"
1998 Usher "My Way"
1999 Monica "Angel of Mine"
2000 Da Brat "What'Chu Like"
2003 Roselyn Sánchez "Amor Amor"
R. Kelly featuring Big Tigger and Cam'ron "Snake (Remix)"
Ludacris "Act a Fool"
2006 Omarion "Entourage"
Chingy "Pullin' Me Back"
2007 Keyshia Cole "Love"
2008 Akon featuring Colby O'Donis and Kardinal Offishall "Beautiful"
2009 Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz "I Can Transform Ya"
2010 Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé "Telephone"
2013 Clinton Sparks featuring 2 Chainz and Macklemore "Gold Rush"
T-Pain featuring B.o.B "Up Down (Do This All Day)"
2015 Eric Bellinger featuring 2 Chainz "Focused On You"
Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth "See You Again"

Theme park rideEdit

Year Title Role
2015 Fast & Furious: Supercharged Roman Pearce

Awards and nominationsEdit

American Music Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2000 Tyrese Gibson Favorite New R&B/Soul Artist Won[citation needed]
Black Movie Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 Waist Deep Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominated[citation needed]
Black Reel Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 "Just a Baby Boy" (with Mr. Tan and Snoop Dogg) Best Song Nominated[citation needed]
Baby Boy Best Actor Nominated[citation needed]
2006 Four Brothers Best Ensemble Nominated[citation needed]
Grammy Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2000 "Sweet Lady" Best R&B Male Vocal Performance Nominated
2004 "How U Gonna Act Like That" Nominated
2013 Open Invitation Best R&B Album Nominated
2014 Three Kings with Ginuwine and Tank as TGT Nominated
2016 "Shame" Best Traditional R&B Performance Nominated
Best R&B Song Nominated
NAACP Image Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 2000 Watts Outstanding Hip-Hop Artist Nominated
2002 Baby Boy Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated[citation needed]
2002 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Outstanding Performance in a Variety Show Nominated[citation needed]
2012 Trumpet Awards Pinnacle Award Won[citation needed]
Locarno International Film Festival
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 Baby Boy for 'its innovative concept and ensemble acting' Special Mention Award
Soul Train Music Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 "TGT" with Ginuwine and Tank New Artist of the Year Nominated
2012 "Stay" Song of the Year Won


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