A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Trigga, an album from pop/R&B superstar Trey Songz, is a highly sexual and often misogynistic record filled with songs about late-night hookups and lusty betrayal. A clean version is available, but, even without the heavy profanity, the graphic scenes of seduction are enough to make this album appropriate for older teens and adults.
What's the story?
TRIGGA is the sixth studio album from R&B chart-topper Trey Songz. Following a steady string of hit records and guest appearances, Songz returns with a star-studded album featuring the likes of Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, and Ty Dolla Sign that's full of seductive, bass-heavy club music with catchy hooks and goofy metaphors.
Is it any good?
Songz is very good at doing what he does, which is basically updating R. Kelly's style with more rapping and slightly less tasteful sexual aggressiveness. The songs all are catchy, gratuitous, and over the top almost to the point of being campy. That being said, the album has a prototypical Top 40 sound, and it's certainly in the tradition of seductive voices of the past, such as Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Maxwell, and countless other R&B and soul stars. The difference is Songz's hip-hop edge that pushes the sexuality into aggressive, hyper-masculine places it doesn't need to go, reinforcing negative stereotypes and narratives. Songz is a talented singer and songwriter, and he consistently works with top producers who know how to churn out hits for him, but it's a shame he sticks with a formula that endorses bad values.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the progression of hypersexual and explicit hip-hop songs into the mainstream pop world. Do you think there are benefits to having more open discussions of sexuality in pop culture, or do you think exposure to mature themes does more harm than good?
With artists such as Trey Songz, Jason Derulo, Ty Dolla Sign, and Justin Bieber blurring the lines between R&B and hip-hop (as well as countless other artists out there bending musical styles), do you think genres are fading away?