Tremaine Neverson, better known to most of you as Trey Songz has come a long way in a short period of time – 5 albums in 7 years, relative unknown, average artist to now world renowned sex symbol. But, has there been growth as an artist or is just great publicity? Chapter V could be an epic failure or the culminating of a very promising and blossoming career. Let’s be honest, even as an avid fan, Trey’s first 2 albums have not achieved RIAA certification and most of his singles didn’t chart well on the Billboard Top 200. Whereas, they did better on the urban charts. Despite the discrepancies between the two charts has Mr. Songz body of work been worth the accolades? Has his newly found sex symbol status been the catalyst for his current success and seemingly stream of sexual motivated songs? Yes, the last question is a serious one because many believe that Trey has recently become a sexual artist because that’s what’s selling.
You all may be wondering what any of the previously mentioned questions have to do with the new album and in all honesty it has everything to do with it. Fortunately, these are mostly easy questions to answer because they are similar and tie into each other. Allow me to answer the second question first. Trey newly found sex symbol status, in my opinion, is a reflection of the material that he has consistently done since the beginning. Starting with the debut album I Gotta Make It and through his entire career he has embraced his sexual side and desires. However, as he’s grown he’s found more creative and even in some cases, more overt ways of telling his erotic tales. This would be expected as he’s becoming a man that his subject matter would reflect it. As the biblical passage states, (paraphrasing) “When I was a child I thought as a child. When I became a man I put away childish things.” His publicist and team have worked tirelessly to ensure that he embodies exactly what his lyrics state. From candid interviews, tv shows and the every man attitude he (or whomever is acting as him) exudes in social media interaction with fans, Trey’s charisma and swag are both infectious and addictive. This is totally random but that comment made me think of Antwoinne’s “Regular Everyday Dude.” Go take a listen to it here: www.reverbnation.com/antwoinne Consequently, every guy wants to be him and every woman wants to be with him.
To answer the first question and the more serious of the two, however, takes a little more insight. Regardless of your musical taste and preferences or subject matter can you listen to a Trey Songz album and say, “yes this is a good body of work. Yes his catalog is a good body of work. There is growth, evolution and lyrically songs that can stand the test of time.” Im going to make one of the biggest statements that ive ever made. Trey Songz, if he continues on this path, will be one of the only artist of our generation that will have longevity in the industry. Vocally, he may not be the best but what Trey has been able to do seamlessly is evolve and adapt with age. Every album has shown growth, life and has songs that whenever you hear them you can relate, they take you back to a time mentally and can be played 20 years down the road and still be said damn this is a good song. Not every artist can say this. Each album has gotten better and shows that with time Trey gets more and more comfortable with himself as a man and an artist. However, despite all of the accolades bestowed upon Trey, Trey has yet to craft and deliver his “Confessions.” For the new generation, that is the album that all R&B albums (especially for males) is compared too. Now to prove my point per album here are timeless songs:
I Gotta Make It
“Gotta Go” “From A Woman’s Hand” & “Make Love Tonight”
“Already Taken” “Can’t Help But Wait” & “We Should Be”
“Jupiter Love” “Black Roses” & “Love Lost”
Passion, Pain & Pleausre
“Alone” “Cant Be Friends” “Made To Be Together” “Please Return My Call” & “Blind”
This now brings us to Trey Songz’s highly anticipated 5th studio album. After four albums that didnt necessarily go over well with all audiences, tho they did get better and better with each project, and the successful mixtapes series Anticipation, Trey gives us “Chapter V.” This is the BEST project to date by Trey. This is the first album that ive felt totally engrossed and have fully connected with the story that is being told. The song selection on this project is amazing and the tracklisting placement has a lot to do with it. He finally told a musical story with no hiccups and no skippable tracks. This sounds like the most personal and in tuned body of work that Trey has done. Chapter V is the launching pad for what may be his defining and classic album that will solidify Trey as an R&B great and the catalyst for the proclaimed longevity that I bestowed upon Trey previously.
This album has a little bit of everything for everybody. For those that listen to Trey for ballads and heartfelt tracks he delivers those in the form of “Dive In,” “Heart Attack,” “Bad Decisions,” “Forever Yours” “Fumble” and “Simply Amazing.” A couple of these songs really hit home when listening because I could really relate to them. For those of you that are looking for radio singles and club bangers Trey offers up “2 Reasons feat T.I.,” “Hail Mary feat Young Jeezy & Lil Wayne,” Playin Hard,” and “Check Me Out feat Diddy & Meek Mill.” For those of you who loved “Panty Dropper” (the full version) off of the Ready album he drops the follow up to it entitled “Panty Wetter.” Its a smooth track and definitely will accomplish what the bragadocious title suggest.
As a whole Chapter V blends R&B, Hip Hop and Pop together without overdoing the other genres. This album is definitely a must cop and further pushes the current R&B movement forward. The album drops on the 21st make sure you go get that!