Wednesday, July 9, 2014

R&B Breakdown: Trey Songz's "Trigga"

Even though my blog is dedicated to hip hop, I still have mad love for R&B, specifically the classic sounds from the 1960s to the 1990s, as well as post 1999 R&B that's done right. This post marks my first ever review/breakdown of an R&B album, covering Trey Songz's sixth album, "Trigga." A word on Trey, if I may. We went to school together, graduating from Petersburg High School on June 14, 2002. We were fairly tight during those years, often talking about the current hip hop scene at the time, including who was the greatest MC of all time; I remember his reaction to seeing Jay-Z listed #9 in an issue of "Blaze" magazine. So you know it sort of caught me by surprise when he emerged in the R&B genre. Prior to or after graduation, I remember hearing a verse he did on one of our local radio stations. I can't recall what song it was, but I know he killed it (the DJ announced him by his real name). Fast forward to 2005, I was flipping through an issue of VIBE magazine and there was a very good article on him in the "Next" section, which spotlighted upcoming artists. I was shocked, in a good way of course, and with his debut album "I Gotta Make It" on the way, this was confirmation that he had indeed made it. Five albums later and he's clearly an R&B superstar, the most successful artist representing Virginia. So with all that being said, we have arrived at the nicely titled "Trigga."

Release date: July 1, 2014

Dun Deal, Soundz, The Insomniakz, DJ Mustard,
The Featherstones, D'Mile, John "SK"McGee, 
Mike WILL Made It, A+, Bryan "Composer" Nelson,
Alvin Isaacs, Danny "Denero" Klien, Matt Campfield, 
Christopher "C4" Umana, Uforo "Bongo The Drum Gahd" Ebong,
Da Internz, Troy Taylor, Brandon "B.A.M." Alexander,
SquatBeats, and Virtuoso

Nicki Minaj, Mila J, Ty Dolla $ign, 
Justin Bieber, and Juicy J

1. Cake

"They say you can't have cake and eat it too/But ain't that what you supposed to do?"

What a smooth, mellow (Dun Deal produced) song this was to start the album, and quite frankly if you don't know what Trey is singing about here, you have no business listening to this song. I'm sure his large female fanbase loves this one too, especially when he says "I'm taken, but I still want you." I also liked how he referenced the "different flavors" in terms of each woman's respective races.
*4 out of 5*

2. Foreign

Trey was getting his swerve on international style on this one. He rides this beat well as he quips "the way she work I may have to pull out my Visa." He has a way with words, no doubt. Yes, it's the familiar sex talk, but his charisma carries it well. I'm sure I'll be saying that a lot during this album.
*4 out of 5*

3. Na Na


 DJ Mustard provides Trey with a smooth banger of a track. Much like most of his previous hits, I expect this one to be a staple on the radio and at parties. Very good stuff.
*4 out of 5*

4. Touchin, Lovin

I liked how Trey reworked The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Fuckin You Tonight" for this apply titled, Nicki Minaj assisted song. Speaking of Ms. Minaj, her verse will definitely be a turn on for the fellas.
*3.5 out of 5*

5. Disrespectful

It goes without saying that both men and women will have different reactions if they happen to find someone of the opposite sex in a rather "compromising" position, if you will, with someone they love. Leave it to Trey and guest Mila J, who has a nice voice herself, to throw those thoughts out the window, hence the title "disrespectful." They don't care about anyone else, just each other.
*3.5 out of 5*

6. Dead Wrong

"You know you dead wrong/Up in the club and you left your man home"

That one line tells the story of this song, also featuring Ty Dolla $ign. I feel Trey is 100 percent serious when he says "I fuck em all the time, but you know I neva wife em."
*3 out of 5*

7. All We Do

  Fuck. Drink. Sleep. Well, that says is all right there. Again, it's nothing we haven't heard before and if you're a fan of Trey's work, sexually laced songs is what you're going to get. Hey, you can't fault the man for singing about what he knows (and loves). R. Kelly did the same thing didn't he???
*3 out of 5*

8. Foreign (Remix)

This Justin Bieber assisted remix is just as good as the original if not better. They do display some dope chemistry here as well.
*4 out of 5*

9. Late Night

I gotta get this out the way first. Loyal readers of mine know I'm not a fan of Juicy J. It's nothing against him personally, but musically I've never been a fan and he doesn't add ANYTHING to any songs he's on, and that's the case here. Trey solo style would've been just fine for this one. Otherwise, it's a very good song. "If you not talkin bout relationships, hit him up on that late night shit!"
*3.5 out of 5*

10. SmartPhones

"Smartphones don't cheat"

Well, you can also say that the line above tells the story here also. He comes off as smooth and honest at the same time. The subject may be tired to some, but his presence makes it work to a full degree that you just have to listen.
*3 out of 5*

11. Yes, No, Maybe

Whether you say he's confident, arrogant, or a little bit of both, the man clearly knows what he wants and he makes no secret about that, plus he has no time for games. He may sound like he's begging a bit here, but it's all part of the plan ladies.
*4 out of 5*

12. Y.A.S. (You Ain't Shit)

 Trey was heading into epic territory on this one. For 6:06, he goes in on a woman proclaimed "he wasn't shit," and in his own way, he has some choice words for this woman...... only to still ending getting her in the end. Don't hate the player, hate the game!
*4 out of 5*

13. Change Your Mind

Another apply titled song here and it was a very good, upbeat way to close the album.
*4 out of 5*

[The Deluxe version contains four "Tremaine bonus tracks," which includes "What's Best For You," "Love Around the World," "I Know (Can't Get Back)," and "Mr. Steal Your Girl," the latter of which will likely ruffle some feathers.]

Overall, this was a pretty good album by Trey (aka Trigga). He still sticks to what he does best and his fame is only going to grow from here. His smooth, soulful vibes complements the production so well, his flair and charisma is on full display throughout the album, and I'm sure his fanbase, especially the women, will love this. I'll go with a solid 4 star rating. Much props to Trey for this release, and stay tuned, because based on the response to this "breakdown," there may be a Trey Songz project in the works!

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