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Trey Songz: The Joy Of Sex (Pg. 4)

Trey studied R. Kelly, because he was both a ladies man and a guy’s guy, and learned melodies and songwriting from Farrar’s business partner, Troy Taylor, who’s been his right-hand producer ever since Taylor and Farrar had a falling out. “He would have me listen to these old compilation CDs, from The Clark Sisters to Carl Thomas to The Isley Brothers to Prince, Sting,” recalls Trey. Now six years after his Atlantic deal, Trey owes much of his current success to his self-starter mentality, largely on the Web. He’s constantly Ustreaming, where he maintains a Truman Show-like access to his fans, and tweeting. “In this day and age you have to keep people’s attention. As an artist, you’re only an option in people’s lives,” says Trey. “I don’t feel like I always was the most talented or best singer. But I’ll work until everybody believes I am.” 

He’s already back in the studio. At another hotel, The London NYC, a week after the BET Honors taping, Trey places a CD into his MacBook and plays potential album material he’s been working on. They’re mostly lust-filled rhythms arranged well, in the vein of Ready. There’s the earnest “Please Return My Call”; a song about making love faces (“Just like a kid who found some candy/Let me feel inside yo’ panties”); and a quirky slow-burner about “sex sounds” that contains the R. Kelly reference, “To keep it real, I wanna feel on yo booty.” 

Trey’s deference for R. Kelly’s music has been clear since his “In the Closet” version of Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet.” Since then, the comparisons to his favorite singer have been unavoidable. Now, everyone who speaks to him has to ask about The R. Like today. Kneeling on a suede burgundy sectional, gazing out the hotel window at the skyline, Trey is down for another round of Kelly convo. Last year, he critiqued Kelly for using Auto-Tune, among other things. Kelly’s response: “Elephants don’t swat flies.” “A lot of people say, ‘Well, if that’s how you felt, you should’ve called him and talked to him,’” says Trey, sounding incredulous. “If I called R. Kelly, would R. Kelly pick the phone up? And I tell him, ‘Dog, I think . . . ’ Would he listen to me? I had to put it in a way so that he had to hear what I said.” 

His eyes shoot over to his burly bodyguard. Sitting still, Trey is all smirks and bravado as he trash talks and makes it clear that he’s not the only R&B singer who’s ever been influenced by someone else’s style. You could say he’s been bringing the R. Kelly vibe to R&B better than R. Kelly has lately. “People say, ‘Well, I hear a lot of R. Kelly in your music.’ So what?” says Trey between laughs. “R. Kelly took Aaron Hall’s whole style. Two albums straight! Longer than that even, and people forgot about Aaron Hall. He grabbed the cane and had a baldhead. Let’s be the fuck real. He took the man’s whole imagery. So you can say what you want about me.”


 

“R. Kelly took Aaron Hall’s whole style. Two albums straight!... He took the man’s whole imagery. So you can say what you want about me.”


 


It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon in downtown New York. On the 17th floor at the Hotel on Rivington is a 1,000-square-foot room designed for late night trysts—panoramic views and titillating artwork abound. Handlers shuffle around, picking out loungewear for Trey’s intimate VIBE photo shoot, and shouting time-checks to ensure he makes his 7 p.m. flight to Atlanta. Trey is loose for the task at hand, which is easy: be sexy. Ready makes for great background music now.

After a couple hours of morning-after shots with a model that could pass for Eva Mendes, it’s time for the shower scene. To prep, Trey’s assistant, Natasha, gets him oiled up and sprays some Listerine PocketMist into his mouth. The singer does a set of push-ups. He’s been trying to make the mood seem authentic but thinks the model is underperforming. So he lets out his frustration in the shower, both of their bodies dripping wet.

“You a model. Stop fuckin’ playin’,” he says in an authoritative tone. “Next time y’all get me somebody who’s willing to do the fuckin’ job, please.”

A week later at The London, Trey’s in a calmer mood while explaining his outburst. He’s got a good stroke going these days, and not even a pretty girl in a picturesque room will ruin it. “Had we stopped and not gotten all the extra shots that I think we did when we pushed her a little bit, I don’t think the shoot would be that amazing,” he says. “Everything gotta be right. Gotta be special. That’s where I’m at in my career. You gotta take control of the moments and make them your own.”

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A 10-year-old Kentucky boy committed suicide after being bullied incessantly by classmates, who reportedly picked on for using a colostomy bag.

Seven Bridges' mother found him dead in the closet on Saturday (Jan. 19). Tami Charles was reportedly out grocery shopping, and the boy's father Donnie was at a church choir practice. Charles called Seven, her only child, a miracle baby, as she was told that she wouldn't be able to have children.

"Seven had a tough start. He was born with a condition that required a colostomy bag. Even after several surgeries, he would still have problems with leaks. Charles said it became a reason for kids to make fun of him," reports WHAS11 in Kentucky. According to Charles, her son underwent 26 surgeries from the time he was born.

"WHAS11 talked to Charles and Seven in September after an alleged bullying incident on his bus ride home from Kerrick Elementary School," the site continues. This is unfortunately not the first time bullying has severely affected Seven and his family. "He said he was called the N-word by a student. His friend told him to beat-up that student, and when Seven refused, he said the bus buddy started choking him." This incident was detailed on Tami's Facebook page.

Seven, who was planning on going to another school to start sixth grade, was told by his mother than the bullying would end when he changed schools.

“The balls that were dropped,” Tami said of the flawed system that couldn't protect bullying victims at the school. “It wasn't that [Jefferson County Public Schools] didn't have these tools, they just weren't at our school. It wasn't that they didn't have these tools to help the victims of bullying, they just weren't there, they weren't used."

Due to the manner of the boy's death, insurance will not cover the costs of his funeral. If you'd like to help the family, please click here.

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Michael B. Jordan To Star In 'gen:LOCK' Anime Series

Michael B. Jordan will be lending his lady-loved voice to a new anime series,"gen:LOCK," for Rooster Teeth.

In the new series, Jordan will be playing Julian Chase. The show is described as "50 years in the future, where an oppressive authoritarian force threatens to conquer the world. So a daring team is recruited to pilot a new form of weaponized neuroscience that powers devastating mecha. However, this team must be willing to sacrifice everything to save the world," according to Shadow and Act.

“He is willing to lay his life on the line for the greater good. He had a lot of heroic qualities to him that made it easy for me to be like ‘cool, I want to voice this guy,’” Jordan told SyfyWire about his reason for picking the role.

Way too excited to show you guys the final trailer for #genLock all my real followers/fans know how much I’m an Anime fan and this show fulfilled one of my life-long dreams of voicing a character on an animated show. Jan 26th it’s going to get crazy on @roosterteeth

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The first two episodes of gen:LOCK will premiere on Jan. 26 on Rooster Teeth, which is available on iOS, Andriod, Xbox One, and Apple TV. (RoosterTeeth.com's memberships start at $4.99 a month.) Watch the trailer for the series up top.

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Kerry Washington To Star In And Produce 'American Son' Netflix Adaptation

Kerry Washington's Broadway banger, American Son, will be making its on-screen debut with Netflix.

Steven Pasquale (The Good Wife), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), Eugene Lee (A Soldier’s Play) and Washington will be reprising their groundbreaking roles from the thought-provoking Broadway production. Kenny Leon, who served as the play's original director, will be directing the picture and producing the film alongside the former Scandal actress.

The 41-year-old made the announcement on Monday night (Jan. 21) while appearing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where she gushed over her role as Kendra and the play's exploration into an interracial families search for their missing son in a Florida police station.

I love you @jimmyfallon 😍 thanks for letting me come on @FallonTonight and share this thrilling news about #AmericanSonPlay 😍😍😍😍 https://t.co/5sk97I4Co6

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 22, 2019

Netflix’s Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland said in a statement, “We are honored to work with Kerry Washington, [director] Kenny Leon, [writer] Christopher Demos-Brown and the entire cast to bring this story from the Broadway stage to our members around the world.”

The American Son production will come to a close this Sunday (Jan. 27) after a two month running at the Booth Theatre beginning in Nov. 2018. Watch Kerry Washington gush over American Son below.

 

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