That Grape Juice A&R: Trey Songz – ‘Tremaine’

Published: Friday 27th Feb 2015 by David
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Touching down on R&B ground in 2005, the last decade has seen Trey Songz enjoy a commendable run in R&B.

Alas, while ten years was all it took to turn a number of his contemporaries into icons, the fact remains that Trey is still no closer to reaching levels attained by the likes of Usher, Bruno Mars and Chris Brown in less time.

 This may be why the singer recently announced he was to take an older and wiser direction with his next studio album, set for release after his latest album ‘Trigga’ failed to land the support of the 57th annual Grammy committee.

Now, I’m putting on my creative hat to share what I’d do if tasked with handling the next era of Mr. Steal Your Girl’s career.

Will you agree with what I have in mind?

Find out below…

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The way I see it, Songz’ problem has never been that his discography revolves around sex, but rather his inability to go any deeper than he already has with the theme.

For, while keeping it in the bedroom may have earned him many a hit, taking a leaf out of August Alsina‘s book would see Trey reach higher lyrical ground.

Put simply, the only thing he isn’t tapping is his full potential as a storyteller.

I’d turn Trey into a casanova with soul, keeping him in his R-rated lane but carving out exits that lead to bold and brave topics.

Abortion / Unwanted Pregancies.

Infidelity.

Alcoholism.

These may seem risky at face value, but would be part of a wider plan to turn the star’s hyper-masculine grapes into branding wine.

How?

By upping his popularity among the 18-34 male demographic with songs that speak to/for their experiences and aligning him with brands that’d douse him with him with the kind of masculine glamour used to make athletes seem aspirational to said audience.

Agree?

Let us know after you peep our mock track list for the project!

1. Eric Bellinger – ‘I Don’t Want Her.’

2. Justin Bieber – ‘Confident.’

3.  Robin Thicke – ‘Go Stupid 4 U.’

4. Maverick Sabre – ‘Look What I’ve Done To You.’

5. Janet Jackson – ‘That’s The Way Love Goes.’

6.  Beyonce – ‘No Angel.’

7.  I Wayne – ‘Can’t Satisfy Her.’

8.  Destiny’s Child – ‘Confessions.’

9.  Craig David – ‘Fill Me In (Will Landry Remix.)

10. LL Cool J – ‘Loungin.’

11. Usher – ‘U Got It Bad.’

12. Destiny’s Child – ‘Sweet 16.’

Your thoughts?

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  1. BeyIsKing February 27, 2015

    He just needs to give the s** a rest. It’s all the same even his videos. They all feature him shirtless grinding on an equally half naked woman. I mean come on man. Is that all there is to you?

  2. BeyIsKing February 27, 2015

    And David y’all should post about The BeyHive invading Kid Rock’s Instagram with Bee emojis. He now has over 47500 of those comments on his latest post. That’s like 200% more than his follower count and not to mention it’s funny as hell.

    • Keri Qween February 27, 2015

      Pathetic get a life

      • Black power February 27, 2015

        They have absolutely NO LIFE! If only they supported her music so whole heartedly.

  3. TRUTH SERUM February 27, 2015

    Trey, not so much into your music but.. I like to look at you. Lmao

  4. Lake Erie February 27, 2015

    Wow, that would be a very interesting album according to the mock displayed above. I never even thought of him going deep with his new album coming out due to the Grammys.

    • Rated R February 27, 2015

      Get an MacBook instead , iPad’s are limited.

      • Lake Erie February 27, 2015

        Ok, good looking out! Lol everyone keep saying that.

  5. #TeamTinashe Stan (New Single “All Hands On Deck” Has Been Announced ) February 27, 2015

    Well he did say that his new album “Tremaine” is basically him going back to the roots of R&B. Hopefully, when talking about “Roots” of R&B he doesn’t try to rely on explicit words for his songs because that’s not the Root of R&B.
    Never been a fan of his but I would like to see him collab with other R&B artists from the past and now (but not Chris Brown & Alsina).

    I think Trey Songz gets blackballed by the Grammys and other Award shows is simply because he doesn’t have his own big controversy for these award show people to take him seriously or just simply they’re ignoring him for some reason, just watch them do the same to August Alsina. He’s just one of those talents that will never be looked at as a priority to perform or be nominated for his work for some strange reason. He is a BET guy.

    • Lake Erie February 27, 2015

      Lol. I like how everyone is saying blackballed now.

      • #TeamTinashe Stan (“All Hands On Deck” featuring Iggy Azalea Now On iTunes) February 27, 2015

        I know lol I just thought I should put it in relation to Trey.

    • coolness February 27, 2015

      Funny you mention him being blackballed because I read some tea a few months back that he really isn’t taken seriously in the industry. I personally am not exactly a fan (Ready is one of my top R&B albums though) but I find that to be unfortunate. He stays drama free for the most part unlike his tour mate, Chris Brown, who despite being is one of the most controversial figures in popular music, he still notches hits on the BB Hot 100 and moves more units than Trey. Apart from his good looks and rock hard abs, I just don’t think he has that intangible ‘it factor’ as a singer/performer that R. Kelly, Usher and even Chris Brown has.

  6. B**** I Can’t Even Spell Welfare February 27, 2015

    Ive always been pretty neutral when it comes to Trey. He makes Microwave & B, is great to look at, and is, overall, harmless.

    I honestly don’t know if there is anything else really “there” and that’s okay. Sometimes Skittles are just Skittles. No need to try to change Skittles into broccoli. However, I do understand that s** is only going to take him so far. I don’t see it but I love being surprised. 😀

  7. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig February 27, 2015

    That wishlist was awful besides the Usher track, none of those suit Trey. Sweet 16 should definitely not be on there, since it’s a coming-of-age song for teenage girls about relationship pressures – what in the hell would a 30 year old dude know about that.

    • Flavor In The Street February 27, 2015

      lol

    • a kiss from keri February 27, 2015

      Are you forgetting that his fans are mostly made up of teenage girls. He would get so much respect for singing a song like that.

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig February 28, 2015

        I respectfully disagree, you have your opinion and I have mine. I know for a fact that when he came over to the UK women were getting into fights and throw-downs to get the front of the stage. Not to sound sexist, but its more appropriate for a woman to sing about a female’s struggles through adolescence than for a grown man. Your opinion was automatically invalid when you chose to stan for a flop.

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig February 28, 2015

        This is the same guy that sings the most explicitly sexual songs out there, it would be complete hypocrisy for him to sing against teenage pregnancy and unstable relationships when arguably all 6 of his albums help to promote that.

    • sally February 27, 2015

      S16 is the song he needs 2bh. He has the black girl crowd locked in and they would love to hear talk about the hard times they go through.

  8. Hayley February 27, 2015

    Infidelity? Have you listened to Trigga.

    He’s never really had that big pop hit to cross over with that his competition have had.

  9. LB February 27, 2015

    I think he mostly just needs to study R Kelly’s Chocolate factory and TP-2.com and deliver that.

    R Kelly had real club bangers in his time, that sound can most definitely come back.

    I most definitely do seem Treyeisha singing R Kelly – Genius, that’s his style.

  10. CherylSoldierr February 27, 2015

    Boring. I need a big bb100 bop from him.

    • #TeamTinashe Stan (“All Hands On Deck” featuring Iggy Azalea Now On iTunes) February 27, 2015

      Boring is the camel that you try to FORCE everyone to listen to but I digress.
      And quit dodging the fade with your little sneak in shade on old posts. Lol. Do I need to drag you like the 100th time again or you good?

      Don’t catch it today, boo boo -> http://goo.gl/29bE0i 😀

      • CherylSoldierr February 27, 2015

        When has your stale a$$ ever dragged anything? Lmao. You literally post ” did you take your ESL class today” in every post, like that stupid a$$ response makes any sense lol. Again, get your fave to get a top 20 album OR single position in any country on this planet before you try to advise others.

    • #TeamTinashe Stan (New Single “All Hands On Deck” Has Been Announced ) February 27, 2015

      Doesn’t your fave have a speech problem? Do I need to pull up the TMZ video that she is known for in the U.S now?
      And when have I talked about your fave’s positions on charts? Do I read about your fave? NOPE. Please be clear…. and oh please enlighten me on that.

      • CherylSoldierr February 27, 2015

        This stupid a$$ f** literally just proved my point lmfao. Honey, english didn’t originate in the us, so it’s even more baffling that you think that that “drag” is somehow impressive or logical. Get your fave just ONE top 20 album OR single position hun. Get her above 30k ww. Get her out of those 500 seat venues!

    • #TeamTinashe Stan (New Single “All Hands On Deck” Has Been Announced ) February 28, 2015

      First off, I only mention the “ESL Drags” whenever I am dragging a Scary H** stan (Your fave), Beyonce stan and a Floyd Mayweather stan because it relates to them.

      Who mentioned anything about English originating in the U.S though? Can you highlight where I said that, because I know I simply said “Your fave is known for being on TMZ regarding the fact she can’t speak english properly.” There are TONS of people that can actually TALK in the UK, why can’t she? Lol don’t try to make this a UK thing. The “self drag” like always *sigh* getting tired of you doing my work of dragging you because you’re only doing it to yourself time after time.
      SMH. Learn how to comprehend!
      Now YOU need to take some ESL classes.
      Hehe.
      HASHTAG: #IamLIVING 😀

      • CherylSoldierr February 28, 2015

        Are you f*cking stupid? Lmao. The country where she originates from gave the U.S. english. Are you too stupid to realize that? So that “she doesn’t speak properly” has been clocked hun. Yet you continue to cling. You are literally the definition of dumb a$$ lol. And your flop fave has definitely not been doing arenas lmao. Not when she debuted w 200 copies sold in Europe. Nice try kiiii

      • CherylSoldierr February 28, 2015

        You’re so fuckingg stupid that you don’t realize she’s from Newcastle, near Scotland lmao. Scottish producers gave your fave some of her songs too kii!! And the Kii is that your ghetto a$$ is probably the epitome of trash when it comes to the American accent.

    • #TeamTinashe Stan (New Single “All Hands On Deck” Has Been Announced ) February 28, 2015

      And you know deep down your a #TeamTinashe Stan because you’re so effortlessly always interested in what she’s doing.
      By the way, she has been selling big arenas on her own in europe on her #AQUARIUS tour 😀
      Thank you, boo boo.

  11. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig February 27, 2015

    He’s so bland, like literally an Usher knock off, and Usher only has 6 years on him. I say call it a day and continue to do club appearances where young women act a fool and cut each other over him. Blah

  12. ~The Arcade~ February 27, 2015

    I agree that he needs to tone down the explicitness, but I’m just waiting for him to return to the “Can’t help but wait”, “Already Taken”, “Can’t be friends” Trey Songz… come on now, its looooong overdue!!!

  13. Louie February 27, 2015

    To be totally honest, Trey had never had a “bad album.” His lowest rated album in my opinion was Chapter V! I really can listen to his other five albums without a problem! Here are my favorite albums in this order: Ready, Trey Day, Just Gotta Make It, Passion Pain and Pleasure, and Trigga (this album and PPP are equal to me). I just think people should properly listen to his music. His mixtapes are also a favorite of mines. As a dude, I think Trey should keep his clothes on. Taking them off my get the women to like you, but that definitely won’t keep them interested. I find Trey to be very relatable and not arrogant like that b****** Chris. (Trey albums have DEFINITELY BEEN BETTER THAN HIS!) IMO

  14. Stephy. February 27, 2015

    He is attractive AF. That’s all.

  15. B February 28, 2015

    Nothing,let the title be

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