Today’s Abe Lemons Quote of the Day winner is R&B singer Trey Songz. Here’s Songz on why
he invented sex his music sucks ass cheeks:
“The public likes generic more than they like to admit, so that’s what I gave them — I gave them sexual singles and they ate it up,” Songz says about the string of blatantly sexed-up hits from “Ready.” “I gave them two whole albums before this one — on one I talked about a mother’s love for her son and a father not being there, and on the other I made a song about safe sex. They were well accepted but not as much as the records on ‘Ready.’ The singles were purposely very sexual to capture people’s attention.”
This is true. I was one of those 2 or 3 guys who checked for Trey in his I Gotta Have It days. His music was full of promise and emotional depth and yes, even sex, but not the borderline absurd rhythm & boink music he now makes. He was mildly successful back then, but he had to dumb down his audience to double his dollars. Take away the economic motivation and this guy would still be making meaningful music. You could say the same about a dozen other artists. It’s a disease spreading through the industry like a wildfire and Trey Songz is its latest victim.