R&B, hip hop and soul artist Trey Songz released his new album titled Back Home this past Friday, October 9. The album is Songz's latest album since his release of Tremaine the Album in 2014. Fans say that this album may be one of the songwriters' best.
Earlier this year, Trey Songz released the title track to his album. "Back Home," featuring Summer Walker, was released in late April. The music video for the song consists of clips of people keeping themselves busy during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine. People are seen cooking, dancing, and entertaining themselves in many other ways, putting a focus on the fact that everyone is "back home" with their families due to the years' unprecedented circumstances.
Another track on the album focuses on one of America's major problems: police brutality and racial profiling. "2020 Riots: How Many Times" was released in June, following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Highlighting Black Lives Matter, the song questions how many more times these heartbreaking events have to happen until they end for good. Songz didn't think twice about using his talent and platform to bring awareness to the movement, and how it hits home for him, being Black himself:
"Don't be colorblind, 'cause when they're killin' mine
They'll try to justify it"
On October 5, Songz had announced in an Instagram video post that he had tested positive for COVID-19. "I've been taking many tests as I've been protesting, food drives, of course, I have a very young son at home so I get tested periodically and this time it, unfortunately, came back positive." Bringing awareness to the pandemic's statistics, he declared his self-quarantine and informed his followers of the severity of the virus.
The album features 22 songs, featuring many artists. Track "On Call" features Ty Dolla $ign, "Sleepless Nights" features Davido, and "Rain" features Swae Lee. In an interview with Apple Music, Songz reflects on his career and explains the purpose of his album:
“Over the last few years, with my grandfather passing, me having a son, I've spent a lot of time back home, literally. And no matter where I go in the world, who I've become, no matter how much of a star I am to some people, sex symbol, whatever, back home I'm just Trey. So that's what it means metaphorically. But physically, if you think about my first album photoshoot, my first video, they were actually at home in my hood... I wanted that same feeling. I wanted that same energy."
Stream Trey Songz's new album Back Home on Spotify and Apple Music below.