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    You saw VIBE's April/May cover story with Trey Songz. Now, check out outtakes from VIBE's feature story with the hardest crooner in R&B.

    Do you think you have the best voice out of all the young singers out right now?

    It’s so many different ways you can judge a singer. Some singers specialize in runs. Some singers have great tone. Like, Luther Vandross had a beautiful tone and he could sing whatever you want him to and it was amazing. Michael Jackson, the different inflections he did. I love Tank’s voice. If you ask me, Tank’s one of the best singers. So many people are blessed with the ability to sing but it’s a difference [between] singing and putting records together and performing and bringing those records to life… To call someone the best singer, I don’t think that’s a fair assessment, but I think I sing very well. I strive to be better more so than anything.

    As far as performing, other singers incorporate dancing—Chris, Ne-Yo, Usher. Is that something you’ve ever thought about doing?

    I think if I was one of those artists, I probably wouldn’t be on [the Blueprint 3] tour. I mean, kudos to everybody that dances and sings ’cause that’s phenomenal and very hard to do. I admire that. That’s not really me, though. I’ll give you a little something here [and] there but I don’t know when in the history books it said because you sing you have to dance. If you’re not comfortable doing it, you shouldn’t do it because people can see that.

    I saw the “Yo Side of the Bed” video you co-directed. It’s serious. Hearing that song, a war story is not something you would think about for a video treatment. How did you come up with that?

    I was on a Website [about] army wives. This guy was writing about how his wife went off to war and he jokes about cooking and taking care of the kids but there’s really no one to talk to about it. He can talk to his friends about it but not too much before it seems as though he’s less of a man. His pride is thrown, in some cases. I just wanted an outlet for those men, as well as our troops. Because a lot of the times when we’re out here, we’re living our lives, we forget that they’re out risking their lives. Could you imagine if there was war here in America? So it’s definitely a tribute I wanted to pay to them and just let them know that I care for what they’re doing.

    Who are your friends now? You have a little brother, right?

    Yeah, my little brother, that’s my homie. I got two little brothers. Both of them are 15.

    Twins?

    No, one my mother’s, one my father’s and, you know, naturally I’m closer to one than the other ’cause we grew up together… I don’t really have too many friends. I have associates. Even with people I’m really cool with, I understand what the relationship is.

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on May 6, 2010 - 5:51pm


You saw VIBE's April/May cover story with Trey Songz. Now, check out outtakes from VIBE's feature story with the hardest crooner in R&B.

Do you think you have the best voice out of all the young singers out right now?

It’s so many different ways you can judge a singer. Some singers specialize in runs. Some singers have great tone. Like, Luther Vandross had a beautiful tone and he could sing whatever you want him to and it was amazing. Michael Jackson, the different inflections he did. I love Tank’s voice. If you ask me, Tank’s one of the best singers. So many people are blessed with the ability to sing but it’s a difference [between] singing and putting records together and performing and bringing those records to life… To call someone the best singer, I don’t think that’s a fair assessment, but I think I sing very well. I strive to be better more so than anything.

As far as performing, other singers incorporate dancing—Chris, Ne-Yo, Usher. Is that something you’ve ever thought about doing?

I think if I was one of those artists, I probably wouldn’t be on [the Blueprint 3] tour. I mean, kudos to everybody that dances and sings ’cause that’s phenomenal and very hard to do. I admire that. That’s not really me, though. I’ll give you a little something here [and] there but I don’t know when in the history books it said because you sing you have to dance. If you’re not comfortable doing it, you shouldn’t do it because people can see that.

I saw the “Yo Side of the Bed” video you co-directed. It’s serious. Hearing that song, a war story is not something you would think about for a video treatment. How did you come up with that?

I was on a Website [about] army wives. This guy was writing about how his wife went off to war and he jokes about cooking and taking care of the kids but there’s really no one to talk to about it. He can talk to his friends about it but not too much before it seems as though he’s less of a man. His pride is thrown, in some cases. I just wanted an outlet for those men, as well as our troops. Because a lot of the times when we’re out here, we’re living our lives, we forget that they’re out risking their lives. Could you imagine if there was war here in America? So it’s definitely a tribute I wanted to pay to them and just let them know that I care for what they’re doing.

Who are your friends now? You have a little brother, right?

Yeah, my little brother, that’s my homie. I got two little brothers. Both of them are 15.

Twins?

No, one my mother’s, one my father’s and, you know, naturally I’m closer to one than the other ’cause we grew up together… I don’t really have too many friends. I have associates. Even with people I’m really cool with, I understand what the relationship is.

Read the full post at VIBE.com!

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CC_7's picture

trey songs is so sexy!!! love him!
JesusIsMySavior's picture

Such an intelligent guy.
Rolanda4's picture

Diddo.. to the few comments made in reference to MJ.. I do see that special anointing on you.. I love your spirit..
CELLE-CELL's picture

Trey i love da way u do ur interviews u just keep it real n straight to da point I like dat u don't let others put words n ur mouth.Boy!! u just dont know I'm so open n a good way, just like watching ur growth to c how u will handle all dis stardom. Stay humble baby cause its such a beautiful thing when an entertainer stays humble... dats y I loved Micheal Jackson!!! much love to you.
DeshiaNicole's picture

It's so amazing how he's just real! I mean, not too many people can just be comfortable within their own skin & be in the spotlight! Trey has perfected it!
._.Ecentric._.'s picture

He is so honestly human and I love that...while at the same time oozing with sex appeal..and he knows it..Love you Trey ;)
Uneek_Chic_2's picture

Ahhh Love da humility!!! I have to agree about Tank too!! Yeah I have many associates...lol!! Good Interview, Can't wait for the YSOTB video!!! High anticipation!!
JHende02's picture

"Yo Side Of The Bed" video is cominggggggggggggg :)
LuckyMC's picture

Ummmmm....Yo Side of The Bed. We need that.
ory_bby's picture

DAAANG....sexyy!! I F-IN LOVE THIS PIC!! ^_^ U look good bby!!
Mz.songz1_2's picture

wow! u know wat i love diz picture diz is my all time favorite

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