All he had was a dollar and a dream when we first heard his voice in 2005! Trey Songz caught the attention of the MCP staff when he appeared on The Coach Carter Soundtrack and we’ve been with him since. His debut album, I Gotta Make It, was very promising and definitely set him up for successful career. Although he had some obstacles to overcome launching his sophomore set, it wasn’t until the release of ‘Can’t Help But Wait’ from Trey Day where he got his first top 20 single. He got his first Top 10 single with his third album Ready and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Just a year later he got his highest charting song to date, “Bottoms Up” featuring Nicki Minaj lifted from his fourth studio album Passion, Pain & Pleasure.
Seven years after his debut, Trey released his first number one album, Chapter V, which debuted atop the Billboard 200. The lead single for the project titled “Heart Attack” was nominated for Best R&B Song at the 2013 Grammy Awards. His sixth studio album, Trigga, was released in 2014 and was supported by top 40 songs, “Na Na” and “Slow Motion”. It has been a slow and steady climb for Trey and now he is definitely one of the most notable artists in his arena whether some like it or not. With an overall 14 million records sales worldwide in singles and albums, he is now set to release his latest project Tremaine this month.
Although the world has become familiar with the sex driven and racy side of the artist, we at MCP are more connected with his grown, mature and more subtle type records. We wanted to point of some of what we think is his best work among his catalog in hopes that we see more of this type art from him on his new offering.
All the Ifs (I Gotta Make It – 2005)
Trey used this record to reflect on how wrong decisions led to the end of his relationship and no matter how much he wished for things to go back to the way they were, nothing could save it. It was a honest record and you could feel the sincerity on the track.
In the Middle (I Gotta Make It – 2005)
We like to think of this being the record where Trey invented sex for real. It wasn’t as in your face as most of the sex records that followed, but it was definitely a love letter to live between those thighs. This was his beginning so he had to ask for it instead of demanding it on notice.
Hatin’ Love (I Gotta Make It – 2005)
Trey put all of his feelings of the table on this one. He put his all into his relationship and ended up making love his enemy when it didn’t work out.
Last Time (Trey Day – 2007)
One of the best singles Trey has released to date. Maybe even the saving grace from his sophomore effort. Vocals, lyrics and production are all on point and the storytelling is delivered at its finest.
One Love (Ready – 2009)
The lyrical expression and Trey’s vocals over the guitar was mere perfection. There is really no way to describe this record in words. It’s just simply one of the absolute best he has done; Maybe the best song from the entire ‘Ready’ album period.
Black Roses (Ready -2009)
If we recall correctly, this is one of the most rock infused tracks (and maybe only) in the life of Trey’s discography. He shined on this experimental effort and it definitely stood out on this album. Pure fiyah.
Can’t Be Friends (Passion, Pain & Pleasure – 2010)
After releasing so many singles driven by how good his sex was, Trey hit #1 on the R&B Charts with another highlight in his discography. Honest and relatable, he sang from pain and disappointment and it rang true with fans and non fans alike. He should definitely give us more honest records about relationships like this.
Please Return My Call (Passion, Pain & Pleasure – 2010)
Another record about pain and disappointment where Trey was at his best vocally and lyrically. Great delivery and vulnerable expression.
Fumble (Chapter V – 2012)
This song may have just simply got lost in the shuffle. Definitely a highlight from Chapter V. The album overall didn’t do much for fans, so we know it was simply overlooked. Trey owned up to his mistakes and accepted the blame for the end of the relationship on this record.
Y.A.S. (Trigga – 2014)
Stripped down to a piano and emotion, Trey comes to the realization that he may be just like all other men he promised his lover that he wasn’t. If truth and honesty was a song, this would be the one. Another highlight from Trey’s entire career.
All in all, Trey is very consistent and knows what to give his fans and radio. We hope that we get to see a more mature side to the artist and that he gains much more success with the release of Tremaine! The set drops in stores and online on March 24th!
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