Wasn’t this guy just on tour?! Ripping off sweaty white tees before a stadium of screaming grown women and pubescent girls; his sexy guzzled through radio, and his songs or shall we say songz , no doubt a top the charts. Now as Trey Songz, 27, stuffs his face with a plate full of scrambled eggs, the Grammy-nominated leader of new R&B and Hip Hop cool—and easily one the hardest men in showbiz—talks exclusively with EBONY.com on his plans for not slowing down with a new tour starting February 9th, and a new album “Chapter V” in stores this summer!
EBONY.com: Dude! You’re on the road again?!
Trey Songz: I’m very excited about the Anticipation 2 Tour! The brand itself is a concrete staple in my career since I put out the first mixtape in 2009. My fans say that they are better then some of my albums, I guess it is the continuity and mood that it puts people in. This time before my album comes out, ‘Chapter V’, my fans harassed and hit me up asking when was the album coming out! I told them that Anticipation 2 would be coming about thirty days before the album release. It was a surprise for the fans and they appreciated it. The fans are use to me having an album out every year and going on tour about eight or nine moths out of that year, so I decided to do something unique and go on tour off of the Anticipation mixtapes, versus having them wait for the album. I’m taking my same approach that I take with my music to the tour —making everything small, personal, and exclusive to accompany the songs that I will perform. The hits will also be sung, but it’s more so about those fans that know those songs that aren’t big smashes and have been with me from the beginning.
EBONY.com: Big Sean is slated to join you on tour. How did this come about?
TS: I have Big Sean with me, because he came from a similar uprising. I think Big Sean is definitely one of the leaders of the new school. He’s very innovative, energetic, and he has a passionate following that I’ve watched throughout the years. When I was first promoting my first single, I met him in Detroit, when he was freestyling on the radio every Friday. At the time I had a deal and he hadn’t, but to watch him to get to where he is now is amazing. He worked really hard, and he is still the same guy with his head on straight. He’s very smart and professional and he got smashes!
EBONY.com: Tell us what kind of sound we can anticipate from the Chapter V LP?
TS: I like that! Anticipate! *laughs* I actually just finished the album this week, and it represents my past, present and future, meaning that you will hear the music that you know me for—very sensual, but also some hip-hop. My features on a J. Cole, Lupe, or Drake hook that you would usually not get from my previous albums will be on this one. The “Say Ahh” and “Bottoms Up” Trey Songz, as well as the “I Can’t Help But Wait” and “I Need A Girl” Trey Songz will be on the album too. I’m also introducing you to a new me. I am trying to embody all that there is to me, and what there is for me to bring to the future.
EBONY.com: Who’s on the album? Any big collabs?
TS: I’m waiting on a couple of features right now, so I can’t tell you everything but anticipate ‘Chapter V’, which will be out this summer.
EBONY.com: You’re the spokesman for the Rocawear Evolution Fragrance. Can we expect a new campaign this spring?
TS: Rocawear and I have been partnered up for a couple of years now. The Evolution fragrance was just the next step for what I have already done. My career is steadily evolving, annually, weekly, and monthly. Every chance I get, I’m looking for growth and to evolve, and Rocawear is doing the same thing, we are matched up perfectly.
We're coming up with ideas for a new campaign, and we’ll let you know about that sometime soon.
EBONY.com: What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Got a hot date?
TS: For Valentines Day, I will actually be in Dallas on tour. I have no plans right now, just living the life of a superstar!
EBONY.com: How can men make Valentine’s Day extra sexy and special for their lady?
TS: I think Valentines Day and any other holiday is very unique depending on the person you’re with. It’s so easy to go get flowers and to do generic things. But if you go get flowers you, find out what are her favorite flowers, what colors she likes, get her something you know she wants, or has been talking about or wanting to do. You know Valentines Day is coming, so plan something special for that person. If it is a movie she loves to death, and will watch a million times, you set a movie date with the DVD. Whatever you do just set it up nice especially for her. She may want a Swedish or deep tissue massage, you have to know what your woman likes. That’s what makes Valentines Day special.
EBONY.com: Can you tell us about your organization Angels With Heart Foundation?
TS: The Angels With Heart Foundation is something that is near to my heart. Soon I’ll be touring internationally, and I am looking forward to going to Europe, South Africa as well as Australia. We have International Angels With Heart Day coming up very soon; it’s where my fans send videos of them doing charitable acts all around the world and we’ll post that on TreySongz.com. We have angels all round the world, doing things that they believe in. We are still really early in the game with Angels With Heart, but it is going to be more true to my legacy and to my fans and music.
EBONY.com: How do you manage not to get caught up in Twitter beef?
I don’t take Twitter as seriously as some people do. It’s fun, and it’s something that I can use to communicate with my fans. It is easy to go off or vent when you have an outlet you know everybody can see, but you have to control what you say, and regulate how you will be seen. What Twitter does is give people an opportunity to look like the coolest cat while connecting to your fans, or you can look like an asshole. What you have to do is look at yourself from another perspective, and think about what you are typing.
I had this conversation with my little brother; you can look ignorant to people who don’t know your true character. When all you are giving them is ignorance that’s what they will know you to be. When we were kids, you only had the people in your neighborhood to judge you, love or joke on you. But on Twitter, these kids have people all across the world. That’s why you can’t just write whatever comes to mind without thinking. That is the key to Twitter, honestly. Especially if you are in school or looking for a job, if they search you, those things you post will come up.
EBONY.com: A lot of artists today have the pressure of not just being an artist, but also business moguls. Do you feel this pressure or business something you already plan for?
TS: I feel like its smart to want to become a mogul. It’s about taking advantage of what you are given. I mean, it is cool to be an artist. But while I have this opportunity, I think it is important to reach out, and really make your money stretch. I’m definitely into many different business endeavors. I’m just starting out with endorsements now, and I’m looking into a way to make money outside of music.
EBONY.com: Any plans to venture into acting on the big screen?
TS: I actually have my first movie coming out October 5th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It’s in 3D. I’m very excited about it!
Trey Songz’s Anticipation 2 Tour Dates:
Feb. 9 Cleveland, Ohio State Theatre
Feb. 10 Louisville, KY Palace Theatre
Feb. 11 Chicago, Illinois Auditorium Theatre
Feb. 12 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
Feb. 14 Dallas/GP Verizon Theatre
Feb. 17 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
Feb. 18 Las Vegas The Pearl, Palms Theatre
Feb. 19 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
Feb. 23 Cincinnati, OH Aranoff P&G
Feb. 24 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Feb. 25 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Theatre
Feb. 28 Toronto, ON Sony Theatre
March 1 New York, NY Theatre at MSG
March 2 Atlantic City, NJ Mark G. Estess Arena
March 3 Washington, D.C. Constitution Hall
March 8 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
March 10 Southaven, MS De Soto Civic Center
March 11 Nashville, TN Municipal Auditorium
Geneva S. Thomas is the style and pop culture editor at EBONY.com. Follow her on Twitter @genevasthomas.