MF: So tell me about the album, Alter Ego?
Tyrese: It's a double album, one side is Black Ty and the other is Tyrese.
MF: Why would you feel the need to create a hip hop alter ego, Black Ty?
Tyrese: You heard it... All of the things I am discussing as a MC, I purposely never wanted to sing about it. I didn't want to sing about my experience in the hood, my upbringing. I didn't want to go into that musically as a singer, so Black Ty was my only outlet.
Everywhere I go I do a lot charity work, more than writing checks... I go to the hood and I talk to the kids and give them information on where I come from, but now I can finally put it into a song.
MF: How difficult is it to create an album with two persona's?
Tyrese: It wasn't hard at all, Tyrese is Tyrese. I got some incredible records on the R&B album, and in regards to Black Ty - it's a whole other person.
MF: Who are some of the people your alter ego's worked with?
Tyrese: On the hip hop side, we got Snoop on the album twice, Game, Mannie fresh, David Banner, Lil' Scrappy, Kurupt, Method Man and Too SHort. On the R&B side we got R. Kelly, Lil' Jon, the Underdogs, and Brian Michael Cox... it's a star studded event.
MF: As a fairly new rapper, was it tough hanging in with the veterans?
MF: What about respect wise?
Tyrese: Let me tell you what Snoop said about me, "He really got it cracking to the point where it seems like it's out of his range... It seemed like it was something he was naturally born to do, and that's when I welcomed him to the game. Being the King of the west, he got my blessing as far as the rap style of it. Anybody that got a problem with Black Ty, come and see me."