Trigga

Common Sense Media says

Rap/R&B star returns with more explicit songs about sex.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Basically every song is about cheating, random hookups, and sexual activity, whether implied or explicitly described. 

Positive role models

Songz is a lot of fun and skilled at flattering and sweet-talking women, but he repeatedly reinforces bad values that present infidelity and promiscuity in a positive light.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Songz plays the classic Slow Jamz role of seducer extraordinaire, and he fills the album with tales of sexual conquest. Some of it is relatively harmless, such as, "You used to hug me, lick me, suck me, kiss me, f--k me," and, "You don't call me no more, who you f--king?" But there are some more troubling misogynistic themes, such as his suggestion that he won't sleep with a girl "unless you bring a friend," and the graphic descriptions in lines such as "Girl you f--kin' with the best, take a picture while I'm deep up in it" and Nicki Minaj's "The p---y is wetter than puddles / I ride his d--k like a shuttle." The entire record is blatantly packaged as a sex record but without much of the taste shown by previous generations of R&B crooners.

Language

Despite producing many radio hits, Trigga ​has lyrics that are filled with expletives from "f--k" and "p--y" to the N word, "bitch," and beyond.

Consumerism

Several songs are filled with offers to shower money on women in return for sexual favors, but Songz also alludes to this being a source of tension in his love life. The album also includes numerous references to brands such as Instagram, Visa, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Ferrari. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are a few references to smoking (presumably marijuana), including a line in the song "Y.A.S." that says "We roll up, we smoke up, we roll up, we smoke up like Rastas." The song "All We Do" features the chorus "All we do is f--k, drink, and sleep."

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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? 

Music details

Artist:Trey Songz
Release date:July 1, 2014
Type:Album
Label:Atlantic
Genre:R&B/Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Educator and Parent Written byJared Galczynski August 11, 2014
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
I hate Trey Songz.
Adult Written bygeorge512 August 31, 2014
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

I say Trey Songz is Not for Kidz.

Trey Songz has a load for stuff that is Not for Kids. Sex, Drugs, Smoking illegal things and a whole lot more.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bycalebs2 May 22, 2015
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
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