After a quasi-disappearance these couple of years, R&B is back in full force, and at last week’s BET Awards, the genre took center stage with a slew of award wins, grand returns, and of course the spectacular performances. Among the many major names like Lionel Richie, Usher and Chris Brown, who all helped bring the soulful sounds into L.A.’s Nokia Theatre, was none other than Trey Songz.
The talented crooner who’s expected to top the Billboard 200 chart this week with his latest studio album, Trigga, had everyone and their mother talking last week after he reconnected with his fellow R&B pal August Alsina onstage to quell all the talks of a “beef” between the two.
After delivering yet another memorable performance this past weekend, this time at the 20th annual Essence Festival in New Orleans, the “Na Na” singer sat with REVOLT to discuss the historic BET Awards moment and also praise his focus on unity, which is one of the main reasons behind his lining up with Alsina. “It was initially just a thought ’cause we didn’t know what would happen with Chris, with him being in prison we didn’t know when he was coming home and once we had finalization of that, it was just between us to make sure that we talked about it,” says Trey about the decision that led to the special onstage moment.
“August and I had squashed whatever it was way before that. Just for us to come together on stage, I felt was a great way to dispel the rumors and on top of that just to show unity in music was amazing,” he added.
On Tuesday, Songz released his anticipated sixth studio LP, which is backed by the hit single “Na Na” and growing radio favorite “SmartPhones.” Comprised of slick production by the likes of Mike WiLL Made It, Da Internz, Dun Deal and more, with guest appearances coming from Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Juicy J, the new album is quite the breezy listen and will surely satisfy fans of both the mixtape/Trigga-mix Trey as well as the distinguished R&B maestro version. Altogether, the album serves up quite a platter of infectious tunes that’ll carry on throughout the summer.
Trigga is out now.