Trey Songz: “The public likes generic, so that’s what I gave them”

Written by Rizoh. Posted in Ya Heard?!?!

Published on August 11, 2010 with 6 Comments

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.




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There are currently 6 Comments on Trey Songz: “The public likes generic, so that’s what I gave them”. Perhaps you would like to add one of your own?

  1. I think we call this selling out.

  2. least he knows he sold out.

  3. Can we really even call it selling out or just being 'smarter?' Coming from an artist myself, I understand his position a bit more than just painting things black and white in terms of what type of songs to make.

  4. I mean, if all of these people whining about people selling out actually bought albums, then this wouldn't be an issue.

  5. truee, i can see the “smart” side of him. i can also imagine telling his kids why he switched his style up for generic chart toppers. they'll respect him then…

  6. Truer words have never been spoken. Nothing supersedes the power of the purse in this industry.

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