Tyrese kicks off R&B Acapella Bathroom Brawl (VIDEO) – No AutoTune Allowed


“Brandy shows ALL women in the Music game how it’s DONE accapella!”

Inspired by Brandy‘s YouTube videos of her singing her heart out in the bathroom [click to watch her singing “A Change Gonna Come” acapella], R&B singer/rapper/actor Tyrese initiated a challenge today on Twitter to all R&B artists to do the same. In the YouTube video below he explains:

“My girl Brandy – real vocalist – jumps in the bathroom, she singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” then [“A Change Is Gonna Come”]. Dead serious. So I’m calling y’all out. I don’t wanna start no beef but I’m just saying, some of y’all been real heavy on this autotune and real heavy in the studio  – I think we need to go ahead and remind some of these cats out here that R&B music is still alive, it seems like R&B is like a lost art form…

“We need to go ‘head and get into some of this acapella in the bathroom. I’m gonna go head and go mine, and y’all need to just go head and do y’alls. That’s it. …Brandy elevated the game so high, we need to step up and do our thing. So: Usher, Trey Songz, R Kelly… I’m going back to my man SisqoChris Brown my man Omarion Dave Hollister… Let’s do this.

Upload these videos and we gon’ remind some of these cats out here that R&B is still alive, we got real vocalists out here that ain’t fucking around.”

*UPDATE: The video and all mention of this acappella contest have since mysteriously disappeared from Tyrese’s YouTube and Twitter accounts. Oh well!*

First the bathroom, then the world….!

Jokes aside, he’s right. How refreshing would it be to have some competitive spirit floating around in the R&B/Soul game right now, raising the quality (beyond the bathroom, obviously).

But how sad is it that it took some ‘random’ acappella videos to remind people (or show them for the first time, if they’d never dug her music) that Brandy can actually outsing half the current crop of female R&B artists?

And how sad is it that most R&B albums get painted with the bland brush that sweeps over 80% of an artist’s vocal ability in favour of smooth pop ‘radio-friendly’ edits. People were starting to think these folk couldn’t sing no more.