By Jenna Talavera
R&B singer Trey Songz’s third album, Ready, was supposed to drop this June, but it’s been pushed back to August. However, Songz is still working hard in the studio, releasing remixes of today’s hottest songs via Twitter. Some include Beyoncé’s “Ego” and Cassie’s “Must Be Love,” as well as hits he renamed, like Jeremih’s “Birthday Sex” to “First Date Sex” and Pleasure P’s “Boyfriend #2” to “Girlfriend Can Come 2.” Since then, his fans and followers on Twitter have compared him to R. Kelly, who is also known for his remixes of popular tracks.
R. Kelly was recently featured on Mixtape Daily ->
Mixtape Daily for his first-ever mixtape called The Demo Tape, a way of reintroducing himself to fans before his new album is released. Collaborating with DJ Skee and DJ Drama, Kells remixed Lil Wayne and Young Money’s “Every Girl,” a track Trey also remixes and released on Twitter. So who did it best?
I asked a few people in the newsroom to listen to both versions (I also warned them about the explicit lyrics!) and took a poll of whose remix was better. Devout R. Kelly fans couldn’t even get past the first five lines of Trey’s version because it’s simple — R. Kelly is R. Kelly.
Those who preferred Trey’s version thought Trey had better vocals and lyrics. Trey’s wordplay was more clever because he has something to prove, whereas R. Kelly’s lyrics were uninspired (kind of resting on his reputation), and his use of Auto-Tune makes him seem dated.
Even though folks in the newsroom chose sides, the general consensus was that if Trey were to sing R. Kelly’s lyrics, he wouldn’t be taken seriously. Trey’s style reminds us of R. Kelly in his prime. We can’t forget that R. Kelly has an amazing track record of remixes!
So is R. Kelly still the King of Remixes, or should he watch his back for Trey Songz?