Fresh off the release of his new single “Nobody Else But You,” Trey Songz paid a visit to “The Breakfast Club” on Friday (Feb. 17) to discuss “Tremaine the Playboy,” a controversial faux reality show he’s launched with VH1.
“It’s not real,” he confessed. “The way people consume music, the way people love reality TV, the way people love drama, just the illusion that it could be something I was doing was a great way for me introduce music. I had y’all fooled…It did what I wanted it to do…I got the people that’s upset about it and the people that’s like, ‘Where do I sign up?’ And, you know, we’re having different conversations about different things now.”
While the drama in “Tremaine the Playboy” may be staged, Trigga’s endured real drama in recent months. He was reportedly kicked out of a casino and arrested in Detroit before having a public feud with former friend Keke Palmer. There have even been rumors of a relationship with Khloé Kardashian.
Now, ahead of Tremaine The Album, which is due March 24, the R&B heartthrob addresses all of those topics, explaining his side of each story. Watch the full Q&A and read highlights from the conversation below.
On Detroit arrest: “The stage thing in Detroit, there’s so many layers to that. What people don’t understand is that the people who cut my music off have actually been working for me for seven-eight years, on tour with me, we got personal relationships. And they started my show three minutes late and ended it five minutes early. So, people don’t understand that…I definitely felt disrespected, mostly because these people, literally, every tour you’ve seen me on, have been working for me…There was fraudulent claims about me doing this and that backstage. I don’t ever speak on it too much, what negativity gets thrown in the air because it will settle itself. Too many rebuttals… especially when the law is involved. I still gotta go to court for that.”
On Keke Palmer’s “sexual intimidation” claims: “Ain’t nobody put her on camera without asking. There’s a sign on the door. ‘There’s a video being shot. You step on these premises, you will be recorded.’ Point blank, period. I don’t have to say nothing else about nothing. But I will say that, being that her and I have had a friendship, I’ve known her a long time. We had the same product manager. When she came to Atlantic Records, I was on like my second album or something. It’s always cool. That’s why I didn’t want to speak out. She was doing her most to defame me. I thought that was wack…Keke’s got me on her Snapchat talking to girls, smoking, doing all types of stuff. I don’t know she’s shooting me on her Snap. Did I go on the Internet saying, ‘Keke, you got me on your Snapchat, talking to girls. You got me on Snapchat while I’m not looking.'”
On reconciling with Keke: “That’s a lie, too. I ain’t talked to her. I ain’t talked to Keke, y’all. I ain’t call Keke. I ain’t tried to call Keke. None of that. I did not put her in the video without her permission either. I didn’t [take the video down] either. I ain’t had nothing to do with nothing. Y’all do what y’all wanna do. It’s not my video. It’s not a song that’s on any album. It’s somebody else’s song. It’s a video we shot in passing. I don’t care that much to sneak Keke Palmer in a video for two seconds. Who the fuck does that? I’m gonna sneak you in the video, Keke? No, I’m not. Fuck outta here.”
On MGM casino fiasco: “I won $100,000 [on blackjack]. I’m a gambler. I play cards. So, I go down there for like four hours before I leave. The dealers are switching out every 30 minutes but I’m winning. When I start losing, the dealer stays for an hour…I’m not down. I’m even. So, I’m like, ‘Can I switch the dealer?’ I play cards. I know I can switch the dealer. It’s high limit. They’re like, ‘Nah.’ I’m like, ‘Why? You gave me all these rooms, comped me dinner, rooms, champagne.’ … Then somebody comes, the VP or pit boss or something, it’s a black guy. The white guy’s been there all day, showing me love, but the black guy gets switched out and says, ‘Nah, we can’t switch the dealer.’ … While I’m trying to talk to him, a heckler comes over, somebody drunk. He talking shit to my security. So, as I’m talking to the VP, my security guard goes over to calm that situation down. The VP tells us we gotta leave because we’re upsetting whomever this other person is. The heckler leaves though, but we still gotta leave. While we’re having this conversation, I’m calm. I turn around, there’s 15 police behind me. There’s three of us…Why y’all need so many police? Y’all done treated me like y’all supposed to, I ain’t did nothing crazy. I went crazy after that because I felt disrespected. They weren’t kicking me out the casino, they were kicking me out the high limit. I literally went and gambled for two more hours on the floor. I had rooms the whole weekend and I spent money with the MGM [National Harbor]…Fuck the MGM.”
On Khloé Kardashian dating rumors: “Khloé got things going on in her life that I wouldn’t want to disrupt because I was talking about something old.”
On children: “I ain’t wait this long just to have a baby moms. I want a wife. Being a heartthrob R&B singer or whatever you want to call it, it’s hard to find someone that’s concrete, someone that you could bet on.”
On his hiatus: “You get in a dark place and places where you don’t know what’s going on. That’s why I haven’t been doing music the last two years. That’s why I haven’t put an album out.”
On the political climate: “It’s affected the way I speak and what I speak on and how I want to inform the people that follow me. I feel it my duty to keep them educated on this, that, and the other now because it’s more important for us to be knowledgeable about politics and what’s really going happening now, that we see it to the detriment of us, that we have a president who doesn’t really care about what he says or does.”