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The BIG Q&A: Trey Songz Talks Being Anti-Euro, All-Rap Mixtape And Never Apologizing To R. Kelly

Trey Songz is past being a sex symbol. Want his old shit? Buy his old album. On his 4th disc, Passion, Pain & Pleasure the 25-year-old hushes his salacious appeal a tad, journeying past the bedroom. Why? Because you'll still listen. VIBE met with the tempting chansonnier for an eye-to-eye conversation on the three songs he'd never record again, why he won't jump on the euro express, and if his old idol R. Kelly has improved at all. —Tracy Garraud

 


 

VIBE: From conversations I’ve had, many folks think Pain, Pleasure & Pain might’ve came out too soon after Ready. Do you see why someone would say that?
Trey Songz: What makes it early?

There wasn’t really a play hard to get factor to build anticipation.
That’s not an artist’s concern. I’m here to make money and make my impact on the game as solid as I can. The game is not what it used to be where artists should wait before they put an album out.

What was the major influence behind doing your fourth album at this time?|
Because I’m here. I’m not here to wait until people think I should put an album out. I wanted to put an album out, immediately. After you put six singles out on an album, how much longer should you wait? You wait for someone else to come and do what you doing and take your spot? No.

True. Did you feel any pressure to create a Ready 2.0?
I’m not here to make Ready 13 times. I’m here to make a different album each time.

What would you say are the primary differences between Passion, Pain & Pleasure and Ready?
Ready is a more commercial album. It’s more an album that was strategically done for trying to attain a spot for myself. I didn’t have my place in the game before Ready. Ready was the album that did that for me, and it was strategic from the single placement to the songs I sang. I probably wouldn’t record some of those songs had I not needed relevant radio play.

Which songs are you referring to?

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Lonnie David Franklin, Jr., 57, attends his arraignment, with Public Defender Regina A. Laughney in the courtroom of Judge Ray G. Jurado in Los Angeles Criminal Courts July 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Franklin was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the Grim Sleeper serial killings over the past 25 years and has been linked to 11 killings.
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Lonnie Franklin Jr., Known As “The Grim Sleeper,” Found Dead In Prison Cell

After spending a decade in prison, including four years on death row, Lonnie Franklin Jr. was found dead in his San Quentin State Prison cell on Saturday (March 28), CNN reports. The cause of death is still unknown. Franklin was 67.

In July 2010, Franklin was arrested for the deaths of 10 people, the majority being women, in South Los Angeles in the 80s. The convicted serial killer preyed on women, sexually and physically assaulting them before taking their lives. Diana Ware, who was the stepmother of victim Barbara Ware, told PEOPLE that she’s shocked at Franklin’s death but “I won’t say I’m pleased he died but at the end there was justice for all the bad things he did in his life. We can now be at peace.”

Terry Thornton, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s spokesperson, said while no signs of trauma were apparent, “they don’t know why he died.” An autopsy report will be conducted by the coroner’s office in Marin County.

In 2016, a court sentenced Franklin to death for his crimes as he faced several first-degree murder charges and an attempted murder charge. His youngest victim was a 15-year-old girl named Princess Berthomieux.

Franklin’s DNA was taken by an undercover officer who acted as a waiter at a pizzeria that the convicted murderer frequented. The officer was able to take a DNA sample from a pizza crust that Franklin didn’t finish, leading investigators to finally find a match and connection to the previous deaths. Investigators noticed Franklin was arrested in 2003 for a felony charge, but no DNA was collected at that time. It wasn’t until a year later that Proposition 69 was passed which mandates DNA to be collected from those that get arrested. Franklin’s arrest for the string of murders also came way of "familial DNA analysis." The ex-sanitation worker’s son was arrested and charged for felony weapons possession and when his DNA was taken, it showed similar strains to the saliva found on the victims' bodies. Authorities gathered enough sufficient evidence to arrest and charge Franklin.

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Drake Posts Pictures Of His Son With Encouraging Message On Instagram

In a time of social distancing to weaken the spread of COVID-19, some people are spending time keeping in touch with family and friends and growing deeper bonds with the ones they love. That’s the case for Drake when he shared photos of his toddler son, Adonis Graham, and a lengthy message on Instagram Monday morning (March 30).

“Laughter is your best medicine, but tears can also be a powerful release. Let go of any judgment you may have around that. Remember that you are never alone, and if you need to be reminded of that ask for support and it will show up,” Drake wrote. “Everything comes down to intention, and even though there are conflicting energies circling around us you must KNOW...It will rebuild.”

On his Scorpion track “Emotionless,” Drake responded to the rumors that he fathered a child, rapping “I wasn’t hidin’ my kid from the world/I was hidin’ the world from my kid.” To the public, rumors of the 33-year-old's child began to pick up steam when Pusha T mentioned it on his 2018 diss track "The Story of Adidon." The two-year-old’s mother is Sophie Brussaux, who had a brief relationship with the "God's Plan" rapper. A few of the photos featured on Drake's IG include him holding his son alongside Brussaux, and a throwback photo of Drizzy's parents.

Read his full note below.

 

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What is most important for you right now is to connect to your own inner light. This will create the biggest opening of all. Trust that you have all of the power within to make this happen, and in order to do that connect to the people and things that bring you a lot of joy. When the mind starts to move into overthinking or fear, shift your attention right away to something bright. It doesn’t matter what has happened in the past or what is happening around us now, you can always make the choice to break free of the wheel of suffering and panic and open up to your own light. We are powerful manifestors , so once you make the choice in the moment to shift your awareness to something good, it will show you in your reality. Be conscious, especially right now of fears coming in from others, and recognize that not everything should be held by you. Laughter is your best medicine, but tears can also be a powerful release. Let go of any judgment you may have around that. Remember that you are never alone, and if you need to be reminded of that ask for support and it will show up. Everything comes down to intention, and even though there are conflicting energies circling around us you must KNOW...It will rebuild. But in order for that to happen, you have to do exactly that. Trust. You have the biggest heart and that is your greatest gift. It’s impossible to always control your surroundings, but when you shift the focus to how you want to feel, everything will conspire to assist you. I love and miss my beautiful family and friends and I can’t wait for the joyful day when we are all able to reunite. Until then please keep your lights on.

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French Montana Sued For Sexual Assault, Battery And Emotional Distress

French Montana is being accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman, according to a lawsuit filed in L.A. Superior Court on Thursday (March 26). The accuser claims that she was sexually assaulted at the rapper's home two years ago.

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, is suing for assault and battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and more. Montana, his Coke Boys Records imprint, and employee, Mansour Bennounare, are named in the suit, which alleges that on or around March 28, 2018, the woman was invited to a recording studio where Montana and Bennouna were “working.” The documents allege that Montana and Bennouna were “drinking and using drugs” in the studio and offered her drinks, before inviting her back to Montana’s home in Hidden Hills, Calif.

The woman allegedly arrived at the home at around 6 a.m. Thirty minutes later, the woman claims that she stepped outside to phone a friend but was “lucid” and “unable to carry a conversation.” The woman went back inside Montana’s kitchen and although she “wanted to leave” she was urged to “take a shot,” the documents assert.

After being given a drink, the woman says that she blacked out and was therefore unable to give consent to “engage in any sexual activity” but remembers “several men” coming in out of the bedroom. She believes that Montana was one of the men.

The accuser says she woke up on a couch in a room “filled with curtains” at around 1 p.m. She was “confused” and “intoxicated” and felt pain in her pelvic area, vagina, and lower back, the suit states. The lawsuit also alleges that Bennouna was laying behind her in a “spooning manner,” groping her, and rubbing his genitals against her back.

The woman began “crying hysterically” because she believed that she had been drugged and raped. She grabbed her things and left the home. According to the suit, the woman went to a local hospital where a rape kit was administered. She also reported the alleged incident to police, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit goes on to allege that the defendants earn money from “promoting drinking, taking drugs and having sex with women,” and use their business as a front to “lure” women to their homes where they provide them with drugs and alcohol to have sex, with or without consent.

“Defendants had a longstanding practice of inviting women to their recording sessions, or choosing women at bars, and inviting them back to the Hidden Hills house which is also a hub of EMPLOYER DEFENDANTS business enterprises,” the lawsuit reads. “There Defendants would supply the women with drinks and drugs, with the purpose of engaging in sexual acts with them, without any regard to whether or not they consented, or were able to consent.”

The alleged assault caused the woman to have anxiety, “extreme emotional distress,” flashbacks, depression, and prevented her from continuing to pursue a career in modeling and acting. The suit is asking for a jury trial.

Montana, whose birth name is Karim Kharbouch, hasn’t publicly responded to the allegations.

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