Tyrese Blocks Traffic, Gets Cited by Police While Protesting for R&B Radio Play
He was making a stand outside of iHeartRadio
Tyrese, having somewhat surprisingly released the No. 1 album in the country last month, continues to stan for R&B. The singer and star of the Fast and Furious franchise staged an impromptu protest outside iHeartRadio’s Los Angeles headquarters. According to TMZ, Tyrese claimed that if Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake or Robin Thicke sang the same songs as he did, their versions would get played more often because of mainstream radio’s alleged bias against black R&B artists. More than 80 “multi ethnic” supporters came out to join the Black Rose artist, according to his Instagram,
While his cause was largely good, (and thankfully free of unwitting human props,) the protest caused a bit of a problem when the event began to block traffic. Eight police cars arrived at the scene and after warning him, officers issued Tyrese a situation. “R&B going #Mainstream must be a REAL THREAT,” he wrote on Instagram.
Look at my last 8 post about what happened today… 8 police cars and 4 motorcycle cars later – R&B going #Mainstream must be a REAL THREAT – I fear no man but GOD and my position won’t change – thank you to the 80+ multi ethnic fans for showing up – there’s power in numbers – #RnBSOULDIERS I FREAKIN LOVE YOU!!!!! #BlackRoseMission