When Tremaine Neverson, better known to us as Trey Songz, dropped his debut album Just Gotta Make It back in 2005, many decided he would be the one out of the other two R&B newcomers (Chris Brown and Ne-Yo) to fall to the wayside. And we couldn’t really blame them. Despite a strong single, dude didn’t dance, wasn’t penning smash hits for pop artists, and he favored baggy jeans and Timbs over fitted denim and tailored shirts.
But looky here. Five years later, Trey is all but running R&B. While his contemporaries were getting arraigned and writing Disney showtunes, Trey bettered his craft, matured his image (no more corn rows and timbs) and found his lane. Turn on any urban radio, sit for about an hour and you’ll hear at least one of the three singles from his third album Ready. By now you’ve seen our April/May Trey Songz fashion feature, and you’ve learned how to get the look. Now hear what Trey thinks of his new image, his current spot in the game, and why he can’t be put into any kind of musical box…
Complex: How’d you feel about the looks for the shoot?
Trey Songz: I liked them a lot, we put a lot of different things together. I felt that the fashion was very new for me but still along the lines of what I’ve been doing, with a more mature look. I don’t really see a lot of people doing what we did.
Complex: Were there any pages that stood out for you as favorites?
Trey Songz: Man, we had so many good ones. I loved the shots with the suitcase and the ones with the shirt sleeves rolled up like I had a pack of cigarettes in there or something. I don’t love one look more than the other though.
Complex: Speaking of suitcases, we included a lot of accessories in your shoot. In life, what items do you always have with you?
Trey Songz: Before I cut my hair I used to have a lot of hats. But I’ve changed my whole image, my whole style. I’m big on watches and I don’t know how many I own but I don’t do too many accessories. I don’t really do glasses. It’s a good look but I’m not big on wearing clear glasses for fashion. And I don’t wear too many shades because my fans love to see my eyes.
Complex: Right. [Laughs.]
Trey Songz: For real! [laughs] I wear sunglasses and I get asked to take them off.
Click HERE to read the full interview by Damien Scott on COMPLEX.com!