Trey Songz is turning a new page with his fifth album Chapter 5. While the R&B crooner is moving on, he hasn’t forgotten his past.
Troy Taylor, who discovered Trey when he was 15 and executive produced all of his albums, spoke to Rap-Up.com about the project’s direction. “I think Trey is coming into his own now,” he said. “He was always taught to know what he wants and he was always taught to know how he wants to sound, and I think Chapter 5 represents the storytelling of how he feels and his emotions and just everyday life that people go through.”
Expect to see continuations of storylines from previous albums. “What we’re gonna do is elaborate on other songs. ‘Can’t Be Friends’ was a huge smash, but on Chapter 5 we’re gonna maybe go into a little bit more of the girl he was talking about. We once had a song called ‘Black Roses’ on Ready; we’re gonna tap on it to tell you a little bit more of the story. So Chapter 5 represents elaborating.”
Trey has been flooding the Internet with his rap remixes to songs such as “Gucci Gucci” and “Ni**as in Paris,” and he plans to showcase more of his rhyming skills on Chapter 5. “I took a poll on Twitter to see if people wanted to hear more of Trey rapping and they said it was cool,” shared Taylor. “He was a rapper first when he was 15. When he came to me the whole question was do you think I can be a singer, and when I heard him it was definitely.”
Chapter 5, the follow-up to last year’s Passion, Pain & Pleasure, is due in 2012. Trey also stars in the horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, in theaters October 5, 2012.