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Trey Songz discusses R&B, Nicki Minaj and his Baltimore roots

Trey Songz discusses R&B, Nicki Minaj and his Baltimore roots

As Trey Songz released his fifth album, “Chapter V,” in August 2012, the R&B singer could feel the genre's boundaries shifting beneath his feet. Established stars found fruitful collaborations through electronic dance music, while rising new singers arrived on the Internet seemingly fully formed and with little compromise. “You had Usher, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo — three powerhouses in R&B — making EDM. You had the new wave of R&B being an underground sound with the Weeknd, Miguel and Frank Ocean,” Songz said on the phone from Los Angeles last month. “You had music taking a turn.” Rather than forcibly turn with it, Songz — who...

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