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Since his 1998 debut, Tyrese has morphed from hit crooner ("Sweet Lady") into model, actor, and MTV VJ. But he says that music remains his first love.

Since his 1998 debut, Tyrese has morphed from hit crooner ("Sweet Lady") into model, actor, and MTV VJ. But he says that music remains his first love. On a second album that shines as bright as its title (which pays homage to his Los Angeles inner-city upbringing), Tyrese taps the production savvy of Harvey Mason Jr., Rodney Jerkins, Battlecat, and Jermaine Dupri, among others. The R&B heartthrob swings straight into action with the bouncy "I Like Them Girls" then shifts gears from party guy ("Off the Heezy") to balladeer ("I'm Sorry") to pop artist (the Babyface-produced "There for Me [Baby]") to R&B groovemaster ("Fling"). His pairing with fellow L.A. homeboy Snoop Dogg on "Just a Baby Boy" (from the upcoming John Singleton movie) is a treat. One of the few tracks that isn't: the formulaic "I Ain't the One." This misstep aside, Tyrese proves he's definitely in this game (of music) for the long haul—and that should please fans of quality R&B.—GM