The young hip-hopper from Virginia, performing at the Taj on Friday night, expects to release a fourth CD this year.
Trey Songz never thought he would become a pop sensation when he was growing up in tiny Petersburg, Virginia. The small southern town was best known as the hometown of basketball legend/NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone, that is until Songz came along.
When he was coming of age Songz, whose given name is Tremaine Neverson, was painfully shy.
“It’s hard to believe when you see me now, but you change when you grow up,” Songz tells Atlantic City Weekly.
Headlining Trump Taj Mahal’s Mark G. Etess Arena on Friday night, March 2, Songz never considered performing when he was a prepubescent, but he loved to rap.
“That was a passion,” Songz says. “I always was into hip-hop.”
However, his friends discovered that Songz could belt it out. Thanks to his extraordinary tenor, Songz gave singing a shot.
“And the rest is history,” he says. “I found what I needed to do. I had the ability and I went for it.”
Songz, 27, has become a superstar, but he owes thanks to his mentor Troy Taylor, who helped mold a rough-around-the-edges 15-year-old who had the skills but needed some refinement.
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"It’s cool to get up with Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, you know, Doug E. Fresh, who leads the pack with the most shows each year, and everybody’s catching up. So it’s more than just a show, it’s kind of like checking who weathered the storm, who has stood the test of time, and it’s about a second coming coming back around because [hip-hop] music of today is not what it was yesterday."