Trey Songz makes his return to bedroom R&B with his latest project Trigga. The chart-topping album finds the VA-native proclaiming that no one’s girl is safe from his charm and bedroom skills as he croons over a bevy of Hip-Hop and R&B blended production. The 17 track project features some top production from Mike Will Made It, Alvin Isaacs, DJ Mustard, and Da Internz and sexually-charged lyrics makes this sixth project in Songz’s discography returning to his signature style. Songz has definitely found his schtick as a raunchier R.Kelly, but does not show the multiple dimensions there are in his character with Trigga.
It is safe to say that Songz is not afraid of any position a girl is willing to do. Proclaiming that he will rub, flip it, smack, and whichever she may like it, the self-proclaimed “inventor of sex” does not hold back with his lyrical foreplay. On the track Cake, Songz finds a way to make a ballad out of pleasing a woman’s rear assets. Although he may make promises to have the ladies screaming, the international superstar has a fixing for only the ladies of the non-American variety. With the smooth single Foreign, he confesses his affinity for all things (girls) from different countries. Lead single Na Na, which samples Teena Marie’s Ooh La La, is definitely one set for the clubs and radio stations as Trigga stands alone on a knocking, deep bass production from DJ Mustard.
Although Songz vocals blend well with the infectious production, many of the features are the standout listens from the chart-topping Trigga project. One of the most infectious listens and catchy tracks is the Nicki Minaj-assisted Touchin’, Lovin’. The playful single is has summer anthem written all over it with the signature Songz vocal-isms and a strong verse from Young Money’s leading femcee. After a listen, it is hard to not press replay as Minaj steals the spotlight and makes the song her own. The following Disrespectful brings in the vocal talents of west coast singer Mila J. The two singers go back forth and trade verses as they sing about infidelity and security.
Songz slows down the momentum and moves from the dance floor to the bedroom on the remaining tracks of Trigga. Slow jams like Dead Wrong, All We Do, and Smart Phones, let Songz vocal prowess seduce listeners as he charms females out of their clothes and into the bedroom. Similar to Ready, these post-club R&B ballads are some of the strongest Songz has delivered in years.
With Trigga, Songz proves that he is one of the top R&B acts in the industry. The album is filled with well-engineered pop-R&B ballads that will reach a level of mainstream success that Songz hasn’t seen since Ready and finds a well-deserved spot at the top of the charts. Although majority of the album is centered around sex, relationship woes, infidelity, and more sex, Songz finds the time to squeeze in a retrospective track with Change Your Mind. This guitar-fueled single leans more towards traditional pop-friendly R&B and, considering 90 percent of the album, feels almost out of place. As a whole, this project is one of the VA-native’s strongest in years but just falls short in innovation or risks.
Review By Tyler Cole