Tyrese not sweating radio ban

    Tyrese isn’t fazed about being kicked off the air during a recent radio interview and having his music banned.

    Tyrese ruffled feathers at 101.7 Kiss Fm in Delaware last month when he spoke out about keeping liquor store from being located near schools. The singer had a speaking engagement at an area school, where he noticed one such store had been opened across the street.

    "People drink—it is what it is—but the personalities and energy that liquor stores attract, I think, need to be much further away from elementary schools," Tyrese told MTV News.

    Rather than promoting his album, Open Invitation, on the Delaware radio station, Tyrese opted to bring the situation to the public’s attention. "I transitioned into talking about that because it had just happened, and that’s when they kicked me off the air and banned my music," he explained.

    Tyrese chastised the community for allowing a liquor store and school to be in such close proximity, stating, "Get them cats outta here, man, sellin’ alcohol right across from your kids’ school, homie."

    Kiss 101.7’s owner, Tony Quartarone, said Tyrese’s tone was largely to blame for the ban. "Tyrese was not kicked off the air for pointing out that liquor stores should not be located near schools. I totally agree with that," Tony clarified, "But he proceeded to downgrade my audience by calling them ‘homies.’"

    Tyrese, though, is standing by his words and the way he delivered them. To him, promoting social conciousness, in this case, is more important than self-promotion.

    "I think a lot of us artists are afraid to speak on obvious stuff that’s going on in our ‘hoods and in our communities because of things like this," Tyrese told MTV. "For me, I don’t want them to play my music. I don’t care; my position won’t change. I didn’t even get on there to do it on purpose, like, ‘Let me start some s#*t.’ I got on there to talk about the album, and because it was fresh on my mind, and I spoke on it."



    —Sonya Eskridge




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