Tyrese Calls Out Jay Z, Future, And DJ Khaled
Tyrese has a message for Jay Z and other rap heavy hitters who’ve “got the keys.” He feels like if they have enough time in their schedules to promote their projects…they better also have some time to address the issues that are affecting the black community most these days.
Tyrese took to IG yesterday to point ’em out and pose a challenge that they meet up to devise a plan to improve race relations and the state of Black life…
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They scheduled a video….. I hope they've scheduled other meetings about the state of black men and WHAT we need to do to change the shit that's going on……… I'm scared for our future I'm especially scared of the most powerful black men and influential black men of our generation NOT finding time to take what's really going on more serious and align our minds and powers to directly affect change……. I pretty much know everyone IN this pic so this ain't no sneak diss I don't need the attention trust me I'm good……. We matter so we have to put our minds together and decide HOW we're going to USE this God given stage of influence to directly affect change and create greater standards for our community…… We get killed faster, we go to jail longer, we are also killing each other – a tap on the hand for raw cocaine and 20 years for crack cocaine, they legalize marijuana then give you 6 years in jail when you're caught with a certain amount…. Even if you're licensed to carry – #carrying while #black will get you killed even when you're asked to SHOW your license….. So yeah videos are nice and the first week of sales are nice… But it's some real shit going on out here and it's time to DO something…… If #ALLLIVESMATTER this shouldn't just be about what what "we" as black people are dealing with… Show up for me…. This is when I need YOU the most…. Don't be my friend at your convenience…. Don't call me "off the record" to check up on me…… This is a human race issue right?? Show UP for me…… This is HOW you directly affect change… The power is in the presence and in the numbers….
But the singer says that despite what the words he wrote actually convey…that isn’t what he meant. As he told TMZ:
Tyrese wants to make it abundantly clear — he was NOT calling out Jay Z, DJ Khaled and Future as hip-hop stars not doing enough for their community … despite a post that seems that way.
The singer tells TMZ … his IG post was about all people of color needing to step up and come together — especially powerful men like Jay Z, who has the stage and voice to influence real change … like going to Congress to change gun and drug laws.
Tyrese tells us he’s going to reach out to Jay to come up with some kind of plan to help save black men from killing each other and winding up in jail.
Tyrese seemed to be pointing the finger at the trio after posting the pic Tuesday of the 3 rappers with a long caption calling ’em out for scheduling a music video — Khaled’s “I Got Keys” — but not finding time to bridge the racial gap.
It should be noted other rappers — T.I., Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and Pusha T — were part of the video, but not in the photo.