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Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese Gibson began his singing career in 1998 after signing a record deal with RCA Records and completing his first self-titled debut album, which was nominated for a Grammy and featured the smash hit Sweet Lady. The young man from Watts was cited as the American Music Awards' Favorite New Artist. He has since branched out into a successful career as a male model, after attracting the interest of designer Tommy Hilfiger, who made him the face of his clothing line, one of the most successful campaigns in fashion industry history. The modeling career launched him into the world of television, where his visibility sky-rocketed when he appeared on MTV Jams, a series he went on to host and transform into the music channel's highest-rated show to that time.

Shortly thereafter, 2000 Watts, his sophomore album, was released. The hit Just a Baby Boy, with Snoop Dogg featuring Mr. Tan, appeared on the soundtrack of writerdirector John Singleton's Baby Boy, which featured Gibson's debut starring role. Gibson earned his second Grammy nomination for his third album, I Wanna Go There (which included the hit How U Gonna Act Like That), the first release on his second label with Clive Davis and J-Records.

The video for How You Gonna Act Like That is, to this day, in heavy rotation not only here in the U.S., but also in numerous countries all around the world. Gibson then took his brand name to the next level when he signed with GUESS and became the first and only African- American male model to land a multi-million dollar contract.

After touring with such talents as Brian McKnight and co-hosting the 9th Annual Soul Train Awards, Gibson continued his acting success with starring roles in such films as 2 Fast 2 Furious, directed by John Singleton and co-starring Paul Walker, Ludacris, Cole Hauser and Eva Mendez. He had a musical presence on that soundtrack with Pick Up the Phone, featuring Ludacris and R. Kelly. In 2004, Gibson starred in Flight of the Phoenix, along with Dennis Quaid, Hugh Laurie and Giovanni Ribisi. In 2005, he teamed up again with Singleton for Paramount's gritty revenge drama Four Brothers, which co-starred Mark Wahlberg and Andre 3000. That same year he starred in Touchstone Pictures' Annapolis with James Franco and Donnie Wahlberg.

Gibson simultaneously launched music and film projects in 2006. His company Headquarter Entertainment is a multimedia empire featuring a film & TV production company, a music studio, a recording label and a talent management firm – A one-stop shop, as Gibson describes it. Leading the way for Headquarter's musical vision is the hot and much buzzed about The Frontline BoyZ, a team of music producers hand-picked by Gibson. He also starred in the Universal Focus film Waist Deep, a sleek urban thriller directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall and featuring Meagan Goode, Larenz Tate and The Game. Headquarter Entertainment recently oversaw the recording of the exclusive track for the film's score by Gibson (aka Black-Ty), Snoop Dogg and Kurupt, called Roll the Dice.

In addition, Gibson has found success as a Hollywood writer and producer, setting several studio projects under his HQ Pictures. He sold his script To Each His Own to Sony Pictures; he is attached to star and produce. He also sold the pitches D.A. Verdict to MGM, with James Mangold (Walk the Line, Identity) to direct, and Extortion to Universal with Neal Moritz (2 Fast 2 Furious, XXX, S.W.A.T.) producing.

In December 2006, Gibson released Alter Ego, in which he took his musical vision into a new and bold direction by unveiling his rap alias, Black-Ty. One part of the doublealbum is R&B, with the hottest new records produced by The Underdogs (who produced How You Gonna Act Like That and Signs of Love Making), R. Kelly and Lil' Jon. The other part is entirely hip-hop, with Gibson performing as Black-Ty, and includes tracks featuring some of music's hottest A-List stars like Snoop Dogg, The Game and Ice Cube, and was produced by Scott Storch and the Frontline BoyZ.

Aside from developing projects and producing hits, Headquarter Entertainment has signed and/or manages some of the most talented artists today, such as the aforementioned the Frontline BoyZ (Jellyroll, J-2, GX, Wali Ali, and 1500). Also on the roster is Glenn Lewis, an established R&B artist with a wide fan base and impressive Sound Scan history.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Tyrese Gibson Facts

Birth NameTyrese Darnell Gibson
OccupationModel, Actor, Musician
BirthdayDecember 30, 1978 (45)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Tyrese Gibson compared to you?
Social Media Tyrese

Selected Filmography

Waist Deep
The Take
Baby Boy
Death Race
Furious 7
Fast & Furious 6
Black Nativity Extended Preview
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