Few can boast signing to a major recording label, and the attention of one of the industry’s leading music executives before even graduating high school. However, Trey Songz has had a career in music that didn’t always move through conventional methods. Instead of focusing solely on the release of his first album, I Gotta Make It, Songz actually released some mixtapes under the alias Prince of Virginia. While others would have wanted to save some of their tracks for the studio album, Songz actually helped the success of his first album through the tracks that gained popularity on his mixtapes, including a response track to R. Kelly’s hit single, “Trapped in the Closet.”
The album featured two hit singles, including a collaboration with Twista entitled "Gotta Make It” and “Gotta Go.” While it isn’t uncommon for R&B artists to collaborate on album tracks, Trey Songz remains singular in his ability to lend his voice to artists with completely different sounds. Working with everyone from Juvenile to Aretha Franklin, Trey Songz continues to prove his voice can help to enhance songs from differing genres of music.
The second album brought on Songz’s first Top 20 Billboard hit, “Can’t Help But Wait,” which was helped by being featured on the soundtrack for the film, “Step Up 2 the Streets.” Although the third album release climbed the Billboard charts to achieve the number three spot, Songz continued to work on his mixtape side projects. This collection helped to build a loyal fanbase for Trey Songz, and showed his dedication to honing his craft.
Hit singles in 2009 and 2010 featured artists like Drake and Gucci Mane, which helped earn him the 2010 BET Award for Best male R&B Artist and the 2010 Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Artist Male.
Passion, Pain & Pleasure was the fourth studio album release for Trey Songz, and was also the catalyst to starting his first headlining tour. While the smooth sounding Trey Songz could be heard on numerous tracks and special guest features, the live performances showcased Songz’s ability to sing live on stage and captivate an audience. Having toured solo, and alongside heavy hitters like Jay Z and Big Sean; Trey Songz learned the importance of putting on a show for his fans.
The future seems to only be getting better for Songz, with more collaborations to come. In a May 2014 interview with Fuse TV, 50 Cent “promised that his new track ‘Smoke’ (featuring Trey Songz) is the ‘In Da Club’ for this generation.”
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