Trey Songz has been compared to R. Kelly since the early stages of his career for their similar vocal styles and storytelling singles. The young R&B crooner has cited Kelly as an inspiration for his music in the past, but things soured between the R&B stars in 2009 when Songz criticized the Pied Piper’s use of auto-tunes. Today, that's all water under the bridge. Songz and Kellz have reportedly put those issues behind them.
“I love R. Kelly. He recently said that he would love to work with me, said that he’s a fan of mine and that’s very special to me,” said Songz in a recent interview. “I can’t really explain how much that means to me. He’s been an influencer and an idol for me for a long time. We had our differences and right now we’re in a great place. No matter how well I do, he is the king forever in my eyes.”
In exchange, Kelly told MTV News that Trey was one of his favorite artists, while dishing out some advice to younger male R&B singers.
“Stay away from beef, stay true and respectful to music and to the ones that inspired you to do what you do. I think that’s going to be the key to having longevity and it’s also going to be the key to keeping R&B alive. You don’t want R&B singers to get into beef. Leave that to the rappers, let them do that,” he said.
Now that the former rivals are on better terms, R&B music has one more alliance that could develop into great musical collaborations as both stars are open the idea.
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(Photos from left: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Trey Songz, Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
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