Shot by Bruce Weber, styled by Carine Roitfeld and interviewed by Selita Ebanks, R&B heartthrob Trey Songz is no longer that braid sporting young boy from Virginia; he is now a grown man! This Renaissance man (singer-writer-producer-rapper-philanthropist), who is preparing to drop his newest set Chapter 5 as well embark on an Anticipation Tour, talks with VMAN about what is about to become the year of 20TREY. Some outtakes from the interview include:
“I’ve grown from a young man to a man, i think a lot of people have been able to see that progression [in the music], as far as my fans are concerned, as far as consumers are concerned, and just the general public. so i’ve gone from “gotta Make it” to “top of the world.” i’ve gone from “i invented sex” to “sex ain’t better than love. (…) i think the new album will reflect very much where i’m going as a per- son and what i’ve been through. Music, for me, is very much an expression of how i felt at the time when that song was made. (…) we’ll see how much i’ve grown and how much i’ve changed since that album’s dropped.”
“Angels with heart is something that’s really dear to my heart. it’s basically for homes and communities like the one i came from, with a lot of single moms and a lot of children who’d have an amazing future ahead of them if only they had that, and only that, to focus on. i remember coming up in Virginia, and a lot of kids would get in trouble after school and get into situations they didn’t need to be in because they’d be home alone and they didn’t have places to go. i came from a situation where i got clothes from the salvation army and i was on welfare, so to be able to contribute to people who are in need, like how i needed and how my mother needed back then, it’s something that i’m truly blessed to be able to do.
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