In the Mix

Twista, Jermaine Dupri and Drake are among Trey Songz' collaborators

August 26, 2010|By Al Shipley, The Baltimore Sun

Trey Collaborationz: The guest appearances that helped fuel the rise of Trey Songz

Trey Collaborationz: The guest appearances that helped fuel the rise of Trey Songz

In the early years of his career, Trey Songz kept the bills paid and his name in the public eye by lending his voice to a variety of artists as perhaps the hardest working hook singer in hip hop, performing the choruses on dozens of songs and releasing his own remixes of other artists' hits. Here are a few standouts:

Twista featuring Trey Songz: "Girl Tonite"

In 2005, Trey Songz released his debut single "Gotta Make It" featuring Twista, but it was their other collaboration that year, the lead single from Twista's The Day After, that got the singer his first top 20 hit. He wouldn't chart higher with one of his own songs until "Say Aah," nearly five years later.

Jermaine Dupri and Trey Songz: "I'm The Ish (Remix)"

During a studio session in late 2008, the singer and producer Jermaine Dupri decided to take DJ Class's Baltimore club smash "I'm The Ish" for a spin, and Trey Songz kicked a playful but impressive rap flow over the uptempo beat.

Drake featuring Trey Songz: "Successful"

Trey Songz and the Canadian rapper/actor Aubrey "Drake" Graham first worked together in 2006, and had recorded half a dozen songs together by the time Graham's 2009 mix tape "So Far Gone" made him a major star. Songz sang the hook on the mix tape's second hit single, and added a verse of his own for a version on his album "Ready."

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