HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRIGGA TREY!

1417225298732-1One of my FAVORITE singers has turned 30 today, TREY SONGZ! Out of all the celebs that have turned 30 it seems like it’s taken him forever to turn 30 (lol). Trey came on the scene in 2005 with his braids and wife beater in ‘Gotta Make It’ off his debut album I Gotta Make ItFrom the first time I heard the song I was in love (insert emoji with heart eyes) and have been fan ever since. Since then he has released five other albums and is getting ready to embark on a tour with Chris Brown, “Between The Sheets” (CLICK HERE for full details on that). Yes, expect his shirt to be off by at least the third or fourth song.

In ranking Trey Songz’ albums, my favorites are:

  1. Ready
  2. Trey Day
  3. I Gotta Make It
  4. Passion, Pain, & Pleasure
  5. Chapter V
  6. Trigga

HAPPY HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY TRIGGA! Listen to my favorite of his below:

 

 

Chris Brown x Trey Songz, “Between the Sheets Tour”

Yes, yes, YES it has been confirmed that Chris Brown and Trey Songz would be hitting the road together and the dates have been announced. The tour set to be titled “Between the Sheets” kicks off Decemeber 5th in Inglewood, California and ends in Vegas on March 7th.

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NEW MUSIC: Chris Brown x Trey Songz

christreyVirgina boys, Chris Brown and Trey Songz hinted at a tour via Instgram and for those that thought it was rumor this tour could very well be happening with their remixes to four new tracks. First off, how great would it be to see these two on stage?! I’m very interested. They have released remixes to: Schoolboy Q‘s, ‘Studio’; TeeFLii‘s, ’24 Hours’ILoveMakonnen‘s, ‘Tuesday’; and Snootie Wild‘s, ‘Made Me’.

No surprise that the lyrics are very sexual as it’s all that these two sing/occasionally rap about. Out of the four my fav is ‘Tuesday’. Listen to all four below (via Soundlcoud):

Video Review: Trey Songz, ‘What’s Best For You’

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Trey Songz is back with another visual from his album Trigga for his new single, ‘What’s Best For You’. This is definitely a continuation from his video ‘Smartphones’ (CLICK HERE for that video review). The concept still zones in on the fact that he hasn’t been able to settle down with just one girl, but this time around instead of multiple females he was in two relationships. One relationship featured the girl from ‘Smartphones’ and then he was in a relationship with another girl. He would have then simultaneously in his bed and taking them on dates to the same location. Throughout it all he wants ‘what’s best’ for the girls and that clearly isn’t him. At least he’s sweet enough to not lead them on. The video ends off with the girls leaving and he ends up alone. The video overall for me was alright. I would personally love to see one for’ ‘Y.A.S.’

CLICK HERE for the Trigga review and check out the video below:

Album Review: Trigga (Deluxe Edition)

trigga-cover I’m no stranger to reviewing music from Trey Songz and I’ve decided to do a full out album review for this LP. Be sure to click the links below to check out my reviews to some of Trey’s previous works:

Before I get into the review let’s talk pricing of the album. Of course it’s available in stores and online. Via iTunes you can get the standard or deluxe editions. The standard edition comes with and is $8.99 and the deluxe comes with 17 tracks for $10.99. I will say that for an iTunes copy that’s pretty cheap as albums can value up to nearly $15 upon first release. Over on Amazon it’s the same price the perk is when you buy a hard copy you receive the MP3 right along with it. The Target version features three bonus tracks in addition to those on the deluxe edition: ‘Hard to Walk Away’, ‘Serial’, and ‘Sneaky’. Those three bonus tracks are featured in the two-disc set which values for $14.99. All depends on what you want, I just like giving prices. As always though, I recommend the deluxe, more BANG for your BUCK. Now on to the review. (Be sure to click the links the links above.) As for this album I was very hesitant as to how I would like it.

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I honestly haven’t loved an entire Trey Songz compilation since Ready. When I heard that he’d be titling his sixth album, Trigga, I figured that he’d be rapping all over it being that Trigga is his alter-ego. I’m so glad when listening that the album didn’t consist of all that. Leading up to the album he released singles: Na Na‘, ‘SmartPhones’, ‘What’s Best for You’,  ‘Foreign’ and ‘Change Your Mind’. The five tracks are the perfect example of what the ‘Trey Songz Formula’ consists of. He has the club bangers, the sexual innuendos, the breakup to makeup, and at times not caring if his female interest has a man or not. (Click the track links above for the reviews I’ve already done.)

My Top 5 —

  • ‘Cake’
  • ‘SmartPhones’
  • ‘Foreign’
  • ‘Love Around The World’
  • ‘Y.A.S’

On this album he’s also teamed up with Nicki Minaj, ‘Touchin, Lovin’, and I must say that I like ‘Bottoms Up’ better. This track could easily make its way to the clubs and have some good airplay the song is just not anything spectacular. It sounds like the the current mesh of music on the radio right now like like ‘Loyal’, ‘Don’t Tell Em’ and ‘Main Chick’. There’s nothing really original, but I do appreciate Nicki getting back to basics with her rhymes and actually rapping with thought and Trey plays up the Notorious B.I.G./R. Kelly classic, ‘F*ck You Tonight’. Decent track, not my favorite though.

As for that ‘Foreign (Remix)’ with Justin Bieber, Trey Songz did NOT need to include that. Biebs did not add anything to the track and it’s just a waste. It should’ve been a version leaked or something. It didn’t need to be on the album. His track with Juicy J, ‘Late Niight’, is a banger. I can see it doing well on the radio and once it gets to the clubs it’ll do great there too.

Overall I love this album WAY more than Chapter V. There were just too many songs on Chapter V that I could do without. I really like this one. Is there anything super special or experimental on this album? No. Trey definitely stuck to what he knows, but it turned out great. I’ll be honest. I’m not completely in LOVE, but I do like this one quite a bit. Congrats on having the #1 album in the country. On another note, I would love another Trey Songz mixtape for old times sake.

Take a listen to the album in its entirety below (via Spotify):

NEW MUSIC — Jim Jones x Trey Songz, ‘The Shit’

It’s been nearly a decade, 2005 to be exact, since the first collab between Jim Jones and Trey Songz, ‘Summer Wit Miami’. Since then they have had a few more: ‘Fly Together’ ‘Cocaine’, and ‘No Drama’.

Check it out their latest collab below:

This Week In Music (V.13): Videos, Biopics, & MORE

There’s been a LOT going on this week, hence why my posts have been sparse, but as always welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. Let’s jump to chart news quickly. Please be sure to click links that’ll take you directly to the album/track.

As for the Billboard 200, Jack White’s Lazaretto came in at #1, Miranda Lambert (Platinummoved to #2, and Frozen is in at #3. Iggy Azalea’s, ‘Fancy‘, is still atop the Hot 100 for 4th week and ‘Problem‘ still sits in at #2. Magic!’s, ‘Rude‘, moves up for spots to #3. Over on Billboard you can vote in the 2014  Mid-Year Music Poll. Click here to do so.

Back to Iggy Azalea for a moment, she is very busy on the charts and not just the pop one. She’s teamed with Hustle Gang General, T.I., for their latest collab ‘No Mediocre‘. I reviewed the track, but be sure to check out the video below. As for my thoughts, it was okay; nothing special.

Keeping along the lines of new videos this week, Trey Songz has released a new video for yet another single off Trigga titled, ‘Foreign’. I wasn’t really expecting to like this song as much as I do, but it’s catchy, the beat is there, and Trey Songz in the video is a major plus. The video starts the same as his ‘SmartPhones‘ video did and then he heads to a video shoot where he dances around with various women which matches every word he says, he likes his women foreign. Check out the video below. Trigga hits stores/online July 1st.

Mary J. Blige released two videos this week in support of the Think Like a Man Too Soundtrack. The soundtrack features 14 original songs from Mary J. Blige. The first video released was the cover of Shalamar’s ‘A Night to Remember’. The video featured a cameo from style ICON, June Ambrose. Then there’s the video for ‘Suitcase’ which was AMAZING! I’m very happy about this MJB compilation and YES a ‘My Top 5’ will be coming soon. Check out both videos below:

nwa-castNow switching gears a little bit let’s get into TWO biopics that will be coming soon, well in 2015. The first is that of N.W.A. titled Straight Outta Compton. Dr. Dre will be played by Corey Hawkins, Cube by his son O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Eazy E by Jason Mitchell. The film will be directed by Gary Gray, production starts this summer, and is set to hit theaters August 14, 2015.

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Moving on to the next biopic and one of the most controversial stories of the week is that of Zendaya Coleman begin casted to play Aaliyah in the upcoming biopic about her life. Now the controversy is that Zendaya is not ‘black enough’ to play Aaliyah. No her skin tone is not spot on to that of Aaliyah’s but it just utterly rude to make a comment as such. Personally, I feel the same way about Aaliyah having a biopic straight to TV (Lifetime) as I am with Whitney Houston’s going straight to TV. Artist of a certain caliber need to go to a theater. Even if it’s for a few private screenings, etc.,I think a movie screening is appropriate as well. Now Aaliyah’s family is fighting the production of this film not as far as casting, but as far as the movie not being on a theatrical level yet being put straight to TV. Aaliyah’s family is very territorial over her name, as they should be, BUT if this movie is gong to be stopped for going to Lifetime it’d be great to get one in theaters sometime soon.

 

angiemartinez-newheader copyLastly, it all comes down to the HEADLINE for me of the week: ‘Angie Martinez Resigns from Hot 97’. after studying broadcast journalism, primarily radio, throughout college I’ve been obsessed with the formation of radio and my favorites have always been Wendy Williams and Angie Martinez. I loved that Wendy Williams asked any and everything not caring and not holding back and then there was Angie Martinez who was like every superstars friend as her essence just radiated that. After 25 years on Hot 97 and the past 15 as the Voice of NY from 3pm-7pm (The Angie Martinez Show), she has resigned and moved on to RIVAL Power 105.1. Her friends at Hot 97 seem to understand,I mean not that they have a choice. The difference between Hot 97 is like comparing it to that of a local grocery store and Walmart. There’s local attention then theirs global. Moving from Hot 97 to Power 105.1 expands Angie Martinez’s brand as its owned by Clear Channel. No word on her start date just yet, but she’ll be taking over the 2pm spot currently held by DJ Prostyle and then she’ll be on the sister station Miami’s 103.5 FM (The Beat of Miami). Congrats to Angie for making such a huge move.

 

 

NEW MUSIC — MJB x Trey Songz x Ameriie

There’s been a lot of releases the past couple days that I’ve decided to just put them all in one post of yet another track overload. Let’s get to it.

First up, Mary J. Blige. She recently released a track titled ‘Suitcase’ and she’s back with a cover of Shalamar’s ‘A Night to Remember’ for the Think Like a Man Too soundtrack. I like the vibe of it, but it doesn’t compare to that of the original. I do like this though and I can’t wait to hear what else is on the soundtrack. Last soundtrack I fell in love with John Legend’s, ‘Tonight (Best You Ever Had)’. Check out Mary J.’s rendition below:

On top of that Mary released another track off the soundtrack titled ‘Moment of Love’ and I LOVE IT! I’d rather hear this from Mary than the typical heartbreak music. I love the vibe of this and this also trumps her cover of ‘A Night to Remember’. The soundtrack drops June 17th and is set to feature 14 Mary J. songs. Is this considered a NEW Mary J. album?  I really can’t wait to hear the soundtrack in its entirety.

Trey Songz is gearing up for to release his sixth studio album, Trigga, July 1st. Yup, lest than a month already. He’s back with a track titled ‘What’s Best for You’ and this is the Trey Songz I LOVE! I’m not really a fan of Trigga, I prefer Trey. I don’t need the strip club songs and songs that aren’t up to par lyrically. I love the vibe of this and reminds me a lot of Trey Day. Trey’s released a mix of material lately, I’m just interested in hearing what the total package sounds like. Take a listen below:

Amerie is back, but not as Amerie. AMERIIE is her new stage name and I’m not sure why the extra ‘I’ was added. Her comeback track, ‘What I Want’, is NOT what I want. I don’t like it whatsoever. The beat samples Sugar Hill Gang’s ‘Apache (Jump On It), but I just can’t get with this track. I don’t like how it sounds, lyrically it’s bleh and vocally Amerie is so much better. I guess she could’ve been going along the lines of trying to recreate ‘One Thing’, but this just isn’t it. It’s hard to come back in this industry. This just is NOT the comeback track for Ameriie. Again, still not sure what’s up with the extra ‘I’. Check out the track below: