Tyrese got his start at age 17 as a model for Tommy Hilfiger. After his chiseled physique helped him (or, rather, his pin-up) to infilitrate the bedrooms and lockers of teenage girls across America, Tyrese turned towards their mommas, fixing his smoldering gaze on the music industry and a second career as a sex-'em-up soul singer. His 1998 self-titled debut proved that there was a pretty, sensual singing voice behind that prettier face, but it was 2000 Watts that put him on the map as far as the charts were concerned. In the interim between albums, the model/singer added 'actor' to his accomplishments, dabbling (and finding success) in films like 2 Fast 2 Furious. On fourth album Alter Ego, Tyrese returned to the boudoir and tried his hand at hip hop, devoting the second disc of the album to "Black Ty," his emcee persona.