Trey Songz is baring all for his latest feature in VMAN Magazine’s Spring 2012 Issue. In the interview, conducted by supermodel Selita Ebanks, Trey chats it up about his Angels with Heart foundation, growing up on welfare, his forthcoming album, Chapter 5 as well as his upcoming tour
Check out excerpts and more pics from the interview below
On how he’s changed since his last album and what to expect from his new project
I’ve grown from a young man to a man, I think a lot of people have been able to see that progression [in the music], as far as my fans are concerned, as far as consumers are concerned, and just the general public. so I’ve gone from “gotta Make it” to “top of the world.” I’ve gone from “I invented sex” to “sex ain’t better than love. (…) I think the new album will reflect very much where I’m going as a person and what I’ve been through. Music, for me, is very much an expression of how I felt at the time when that song was made. We’ll see how much I’ve grown and how much I’ve changed since that album’s dropped.”
On His Upcoming Tour
“It’s the first time I’ve ever toured for a mixtape [Anticipation 2]. I’m one of the few R&B artists who has been making mixtapes throughout the full extent of his career—[i made one] even before my first album came out. I went back to that formula, going back to the work ethic that i had initially at the start of my career, knowing that that’s what basically gave me the chance to make it to Chapter 5.
On his Angels with Heart foundation
I remember coming up in Virginia, and a lot of kids would get in trouble after school and get into situations they didn’t need to be in because they’d be home alone and they didn’t have places to go. I came from a situation where I got clothes from the Salvation Army and I was on welfare, so to be able to contribute to people who are in need, like how I needed and how my mother needed back then, it’s something that I’m truly blessed to be able to do.
On cyber bullying
Bullying is childish, and a lot of kids get stuck in situations where obviously something is wrong at home, so it’s kind of a release for them. It’s a comfort blanket and it’s affecting so many people as well as themselves. It’s important to speak not only to the people being bullied but to the bullies as well. To the people out there who are being bullied, just stay strong. There’s only one you.
Trey Songz “Anticipation 2 Tour” with Big Sean begins on February 9th in Cleveland. Click here to see the complete list of dates