Words by Adisa Banjoko

Tyrese Gibson’s career in entertainment began when he was discovered on a bus. An appearance in a 1994 Coke advertisement, singing the phrase “Always Coca-Cola,” gave the budding singer a national buzz. Soon after he got into acting. One of his biggest breaks was getting cast as Jody in the John Singelton film Baby Boy.

As Jody, Tyrese was a text book mama’s boy with two kids of his own by two different women. However, the part was originally meant to be played by Tupac
. But after Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas, production for the film
was suspended. In the movie Tyrees’ character Jody is an avid Tupac fan and
has a picture of him on his wall. Ironically, the role of Rodney (played by Snoop Dogg)  was to be played by none other than Ice Cube.


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