While peers Frank Ocean and Drake have taken R&B to trippier and rappier places, respectively, soul man Trey Songz offers a throwback to the traditional baby-making jams. The chart-topping star spoke to GQ about his approach as an artist and his upcoming album Chapter V—and also helped show why a well-fitting sports jacket is the wardrobe essential for a stylish spring. The full feature, “Trey Songz Gets It On,” can be found in the March issue of GQ, on newsstands now.
Trey Songz on staying interesting: “As an artist, you [need] a persona, a mystique. When you step into Twitter, Facebook, alla that… you’re giving a piece of it away.”
…on being inspired by Marvin Gaye and his career’s evolution: “I could make a hundred ‘Bottoms Up’s, but they won’t change nobody’s life. Marvin Gaye sang love songs to a certain point, and then it was like ‘F*ck this, I’m not clean-cut no more. I’m putting this skully on… I’m doing whatever the f*ck I wanna do.”
…on if he will radically change his music in future albums: “I might. Give me a couple of years, though.”