Written by Rosario Harper sohh.com
R&B singer Trey Songz has died down past reports of trying to ignite a music beef with hitmaker R. Kelly despite harsh words directed toward him on his “Death of Kells” record last summer.
According to Songz, he is looking beyond Kelly and is setting up his follow-up to 2009’s Ready.
“It wasn’t a beef,” Trey smiled in an interview. “It was me telling R. Kelly to take the d*mn Auto-Tune off his voice, which he did on his album. His album is good. I’m trying to make sure I have an album out ASAP. I ain’t gonna tell you how soon, though. It’s not gonna be two years. I wanna use the same recipe I’ve been using. If anybody is added, it’ll be for real purpose. I spoke to Pharrell. I told him I’m getting in, Timbaland as well — both huge Virginian-grown producers. I definitely would love to work with them. But Troy Taylor I’ve been working with since the beginning of my career. Plus Bryan-Michael Cox I’ve had a couple hits with. I definitely wanna make sure we use the same chemistry.” (MTV)
He recently shared his reaction to rap newcomer Drake crowning him the greatest R&B singer of their generation.
“It made me feel great, Drake’s my brother so he’s going to say that about me,” Songz explained in an interview. “I’ll do whatever it takes to make his words [true] and to bring his words to life. I feel like it takes a lot to be the number one R&B singer. I mean, I’m the number one R&B singer right now. I would say that as far as right now, current times hottest artist right now in the moment, but I think it takes a lot of consistency, it takes longevity and a lot more than what I’ve done in the past year…I’m not the greatest right now, I will say that, but I will be… At this point I feel like R. Kelly knows if he was to step in that arena with me as far as lyrically, wordplay or metaphorically in that arena after the way I came on ‘Death of Kells.’ Kellis is older, he’s an old man.” (Global Grind)
R.Kelly revealed his feelings about Songz’ diss, “Death of Kells,” last summer.
“When you’re a king…I don’t get into the challenges anymore,” Kells told a panel of journalists. “What is an elephant gonna do when an ant or a fly lands on them? Those guys got some growing up to do. That’s something I would have answered 20 years ago.” (SOHH On The Scene)
Songz expressed his issues with Kells in a blog posting earlier this summer.
“When I heard Jay-Z’s “Death of Autotune” my first thought was when will R. Kelly stop using it,” he wrote. “The King of R&B with a autotune filled mixtape (not to mention a auto tuned “Double Up” album) disappoints me. If throwing rocks at the throne wakes up the King, consider them thrown. I just want R. Kelly back..” (SOHH Soulful)