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Trey Songz's sixth LP skates on the edges of modern hip-hop while remaining true to his R&B Lothario roots. With delivery as cool as "Cruisin' "-era Smokey Robinson and R. Kelly real talk ("Cake's on the menu/Ain't I supposed to eat it too?"), Songz gets a little more intimate with the skittery high-hats of Atlanta trap and the friendly boing of L.A. ratchet (courtesy of producers Mike Will Made It and DJ Mustard). The choruses come from rap circa 1997 – Notorious B.I.G., Three 6 Mafia and Teena Marie-via-Fugees are all flipped – but the muted textures, Drake-ian vocal effects and gently percolating beats are 2014's sounds of R&B romance.

From The Archives Issue 1215: August 14, 2014
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