If you somehow don't remember Trey Songz from his 2005 debut album, I Gotta Make It, you'll know his name two weeks from now when his follow-up, Trey Day, hits the streets and solidifies his place in the new wave of R&B elite. Songz, 22, is a young buck — so Outtakes asked him to give us his top five R&B singers past or present, just to see where his head's at.
1) Prince. "He's a great songwriter, and he taught himself guitar, piano, he can play the drums — he does it all."
2) Marvin Gaye: "He was an innovator. He could sing whatever he wanted to and make people feel it... love, Jesus, or whatever. He really let you in his world."
3) Michael Jackson. "You already know why: He's Michael Motherfucking Jackson!"
4) Chris Brown. "No solo artist has done what he's done and popped off like that. Even Michael Jackson or Usher didn't come out like that, [and] Michael's first album didn't do as well as Chris Brown's. Bobby Brown came out of a group, Justin Timberlake came out a group... Coming out a solo artist and being a megastar on his own... nobody has done that. And singing and dancing at the same time is hard."
5) R. Kelly. " 'Cause he's the modern-day Marvin. He's the most consistent songwriter of our time. He's supplied hits for generations. He's old as hell and still rocking. He just put out an album that did really well. Dude's been in the game 16 years — I'd say he definitely goes down in history."