Girl on girl football is pretty much a man’s fantasy dream come true. Forget about men in helmets and tights, Trey Songz has the ladies in booty shirts sprinting to the end zone in his new video for “Hail Mary.” Funny man Kevin Hart and Trey Songz serve as the unconventional coaches trying to lead their teams to victory through flirtatiously stretching and horseback riding with their players. Like any football game, there’s lots of aggression and women falling atop of one another from tackles. Read more…
In the wake of his fifth studio album Chapter V dropping today (and already #1 at iTunes), Trey Songz has us feeling a little warm and fuzzy here at VH1! Making time to visit our offices this week, Trey not only performed on Big Morning Buzz Live and made the VH1 staff squeel in delight at the very sight of him, he also helped us take to Twitter and see if any of his followers needed some direct-to-fan nurturing. That’s right: the man whose neighbors know his name and allegedly invented sex spent some time ruminating on the love-troubles of five others, and even got a bit personal, divulging his thoughts on the future of his love life and when he might want to start a family.
Six years ago Nas‘ conviction on the state of hip-hop–he believed it was dead–left several of his peers disgruntled and defensive. Ticking rap heads off aside, Hip Hop Is Dead charted at No. 1. How’s that for a non-response to the critics? On the day of his 10th album release for Life Is Good, VH1 talked with the master storyteller to find out what he thought about hip-hop today. Obviously the backlash years ago didn’t phase him because he said if he felt the genre was in trouble again, he’d say it. Again. Although he doesn’t think it’s dead right now, he thinks it has died many deaths. Read more…
Trey Songz is in love. Well, at least he is in the video to “Simply Amazing” from the upcoming Chapter V release. Trigga man is all about sensuality, affection and adoration as he sings, “She ain’t perfect, but she’s worth it.” Off the beautiful shore of the beach Trey carries his woman around playfully, gazing at the blue ocean as a couple. They cuddle and bike ride together; and when they’re apart a quick video chat is in order. It’s all so reminiscent of the butterflies in one’s stomach feeling during the early days of something new. The cuteness of this video will make single ladies wish they had their very own Trey while the men will contemplate making it official up with one of their summer beaus. But that feeling may only last for a quick minute before it’s back to the benefits of being free in the summer, summer, summertime. At least Trey made love look sexy, even if only temporarily. Read more…
At VH1, countless hours are spent determining what music best complements our shows. This past month was no different as VH1′s CMI team worked to synch the best tracks to shows like Mob Wives Chicago and Single Ladies 2, tunes that added an extra spark to the drama onscreen. We thought it would be neat to give you an inside look into this world of music supervision.
To this end, we’ve put together a list of all the songs featured on our network in June — from artists like Timomatic, Emeli Sande, and up-and-comer Elle King. Additionally, we’ve included commentary from CMI team members as to why they selected songs for particular scenes as well as a Spotify playlist for you to sample. Enjoy, and look out for our July playlist!
Each year in early July, the city of New Orleans welcomes fans of R and B, soul, and gospel music to flood its streets and enjoy three days of empowerment panels and concerts at Essence Music Festival. Listeners of all ages can take to the Mercedes Benz Superdome and find something they like, be it budding stars like yesterday’s blues-infused Gary Clark Jr. performing at one of the festival’s Superlounges, 70s and 80s family-trio The Pointer Sisters kicking off the main stage headliners, or Trey Songz, a radio-friendly artist who makes young girls and their mothers scream uncontrollably as he slowly disrobes on stage with each passing song in his set.
After The Pointer Sisters, last night’s main stage headliners shifted to Keyshia Cole and Trey, the former of which was likely booked to help promote her new BET reality show and upcoming album since she’s been on hiatus from making music while starting her family with husband, NBA player Daniel Gibson. Woman To Woman, Cole’s fifth studio record, is expected to be released in the Fall. Trey too has an upcoming album to promote; also his fifth LP, the August 21st release is aptly titled Chapter V. The highlight of the evening, however, was a set from neo-soul crooner D’Angelo.
There’s only two reasons Trey Songz and T.I. are at the club–”the b*ches and the drinks.” And like any club scene there’s bottle popping, cupcakes and big booty women in heels in the Benny Boom directed video to Trey Songz’s second single “2 Reasons” from his forthcoming album Chapter V. Made for the club, “2 Reasons” is to Chapter V what “Bottoms Up” was to Passion, Pain & Pleasure . The difference between the two is that “Bottoms Up” automatically drew you in with its edgy R&B dance sound whereas “2 Reasons” is bit more popish, a lot less catchy. Both work for its intended purposes–to get people on their feet dancing. Read more…
There’s something about Waka Flocka Flame that gets you mad amped for no reason. The new video for “I Don’t Really Care,” directed by Taj, is no different. Trey Songz joins Waka for a flossed out record in which they want everyone to know they’re balling, and have money, and chicks everywhere. But being “baller of the year” didn’t illicit the usual club scene video where stacks of money are thrown in the air. Instead, in this treatment, Waka is a businessman —albeit an illegal one—responsible for the heist of a back alley art auction. Hostages are tied up and art is smashed. We’re not quite sure how the art being destroyed correlates with Waka’s big payoff, but we’re rocking with it.
B.o.B. continues to think outside the box with his sophomore album, Strange Clouds. Elements of various musical genres —from hip-hop to jazz to country— can be heard throughout. The singer, songwriter, rapper and producer skyrocketed to success with his two monster smashes “Nothin’ On You” and “Airplanes”, both crossover tracks that featured somewhat unlikely artists singing the hook (Bruno Mars and Hayley Williams, respectively). Based on how commercially successful each of these songs were, it seems as if B.o.B. is eager to try replicate their success, as he’s recruited a number of collaborators for tracks on his new album. Whether they are household names like Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, or newcomers like Lauriana Mae, the variety of artists on the album is quite impressive. We ranked each of the songs that feature other artists, and it’s not what you’d expect.
9. “Strange Clouds” feat. Lil Wayne – We don’t know what’s up with Weezy, but his flow hasn’t quite been the same since he got outta the joint. A song about partying, drinking and smoking all night has to have an element to it that makes the listener want to partake in the fun. We don’t know if it’s believable here.
8. “Out Of My Mind” feat. Nicki Minaj: We’re getting an outer space vibe on this one. And is it just us or did B.O.B. slightly sound like Ludacris? Either way, Nicki does what she does best on this track. She plays with different animated voices, she raps, she sings. Repeat. It’s fine, but it’s nothing transcendent.
The Force is strong with J. Cole. I first witnessed this during a performance in a small auditorium at New York University?s Kimmel Center in August of ?09, when tangible sincerity radiated off of Jay-Z?s first Roc Nation signee and alleged prot?g?. I?d become familiar with his mixtapes prior to the show and, like the NYU students, curious industry onlookers, and countless others who weren?t present, had started to believe in the young Jedi?s potential to herd hip-hop into the next golden era.
Fast forward to last night at Roc The Mic Studios in Manhattan where a tiny group of music writers gathered in the very same room where Cole recorded his ?A Star Is Born? verse for Hov’s Blueprint 3, where Beyoncé and her husband (no pressure!) stood by watching. It was the second of two intimate listening sessions for the North Carolina-bred rapper/producer?s first full-length album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, and (Jermaine) Cole was present to walk us through the sixteen tracks and single skit on his highly-anticipated September 27th release. Less nervous than he was for the first group of critics because the ice had now been broken, he made the disclaimer that he wouldn?t play songs we?d already heard (including Drake-featured ?In The Morning,? the album’s first single ?Workout,? or the song that got him signed, ?Lights Please?), but we?d get to hear everything else. While song titles and the track order may still change before Cole turns-in the final product, Jay-Z has already dubbed Cole World a ?classic.?