written by Carla Bynum
On July 1st, he will release his sixth studio album Trigga and attempt to remind us why we first fell in love with him in the first place. The 17-track album is the follow up to 2012’s Chapter V and follows a similar formula with several appearances, including Nicki Minaj, Mila J, Ty Dolla $ign, Justin Bieber and Juicy J.
Mr. Steal Your Girl
One of the most prevalent themes throughout the album is infidelity. In fact, Trey doesn’t want to play by the rules in the first track, “Cake.” He admits that although he’s already taken, he wants someone else. He wants to have his cake and eat it too, literally. If cake’s on the menu, he wants it. After all, the customer is always right; at least that’s what they say.
R&B bad girl Mila J brings the perfect amount of sexy and naughty to the track “Disrespectful.” They are having an affair and they don’t care what anyone thinks. All they care about is each other.
One of the lead singles and standout songs from Trigga is “Smartphones,” a ballad about Trey’s girl catching him doing wrong. She overhears him getting it on with someone else which confirms what I have been saying all along, technology will get you caught up.
It’s no secret that Trey is known by many names. Although he introduces us to Trigga this time around, he also reminds us why he’s called “Mr. Steal Your Girl.” On the track of the same name, he lets us know that he’s back and he has no problem taking your girl. Better watch out.
The Inventor of Sex
We all know that it wouldn’t be a true Trey Songz album if he didn’t get a little nasty and he certainly didn’t disappoint.
The latest single from the album is “Foreign,” an ode to international women. Trey swoons at the thought of a foreign chick who speaks another language. Body language is all they need to communicate. The album also features a randomly placed remix featuring teen heartthrob/bad boy Justin Bieber who gives a shout-out to Miami for all the foreign ladies.
Nicki Minaj joins Songz on the track “Touchin, Lovin” and neither of them can decide between touching, loving and fucking. It’s on this track that he reminds us that he invented sex and why the neighbors still know his name.
“All We Do” plays like a response to the Mila J song “Smoke, Drink, Break Up.” Instead, this time around all they seem to do is fuck, drink and sleep.
Trey feels like a great white shark on the track “Late Night” featuring Juicy J with all the fish in the sea. He’s not the type to do relationships, he’s just looking for a one night stand—someone who is on her late night shit just like him.
A Different Side of Trey
The lead single from Trigga is the annoyingly infectious “Na Na” which has steadily been climbing to the top of the charts. Whoever Na Na is, she sure has Trey head over heels for her. He can’t wait to make love to her and spend his money on her. If it were up to me, this wouldn’t have been the lead single because I believe there are other songs on the album more deserving.
Perhaps my favorite song on the album is “Yes, No, Maybe” because Trey isn’t afraid to show that he isn’t just a playboy, but he deals with heartbreak too. On this track, the tables are flipped. He’s been lied to and cheated on but all he wants to know is if his girl is coming back—yes…no…maybe?
Trigga sings about his wrongdoings a lot on the album but he also wants to clear his name. Everyone says he’s a bad guy but in “Change Your Mind” he wants to do just that. He’s trying to convince his lady that he’s not bad for her. If she gets to know him, he can change her mind.
We are introduced to a more vulnerable side of Trey later on the album. In “What’s Best For You,” he battles with conflicting emotions. Part of him wants the best for his girl but the other side doesn’t want her to leave. He has to accept the fact that he may not be the best thing for her. Breaks your heart doesn’t it?
He is losing a fight with his ego on the track “I Know (Can’t Get Back)” because he wants his girl back and he knows it can’t happen. He’s messed up way too many times.
Trey wonders how he’s supposed to love on “Love Around the World” when he’s made love to women all over the globe. He feels like he has left a part of his heart in every city he’s been. He can’t possibly give his everything to one woman when he’s given it to so many girls already.
Trigga is an enjoyable album that shows many sides of the R&B star. I believe he shines most on his slower songs and unfortunately, those are lacking on this particular album. I also think there are too many unnecessary features on the album, namely Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber and Juicy J and way too much infidelity. Overall, the album is worth a listen. It hits stores on Tuesday, July 1st.
Recommended Tracks: “Yes, No, Maybe,” “Foreign,” “What’s Best For You,” “I Know (Can’t Get Back)”