By B. Knight
Instead of the 106th and Park tour, BET should've name it the Baby Making Tour 2009" with Trey Songz and Mario, featuring Day 26, Sean Garrett and Richgirl. The energy was sexually charged with a 10-to-1 woman-to-man ratio in the Tabernacle on Oct. 9. Ladies were decked out in the latest trends, from stripper pumps to sequins, and the men they came with quickly became an afterthought once Trey Songz hit the stage.
The anticipation for the "Prince of R&B" as Songz is now being referred to built to the rafters as honorable mentions Day 26 performed a brief, unorganized set. (Sidebar: Is it me or is Day 26 succumbing to the Bad Boy curse? Marinate on that...)
Also on the honorable mention tip, only because he's the other headliner of the tour, Mario, who approached the stage with poorly choreographed back-up dancers and an all white, after Labor Day get-up complete with cargo pants (yes, cargo pants) was more like a filler song on a Jay-Z album. The overall performance was lackluster with the only highlight being surprise guests the New Boys, who performed their hit single "You're a Jerk." Mario's album D.N.A. (RCA) is due to release today, Oct. 13.
After Mario's miserable performance the chants rang out, "We want Trey! We want Trey!" Songz came in cooler than a polar bears toenails wearing a silk, purple button-down and gray, loose-fitting, leather pants and left his heart on the stage while stealing those of his admirers.
He sang material from his new album entitled Ready (Atlantic), which dropped Sept. 1, with 131,000 copies sold and counting. Trey Songz surely set the mood for the evening with performances of "I Invented Sex," "Neighbors Know My Name," "I need a Girl his second single off his album and even evoking the spirit of Prince while singing "Your Side of the Bed." He also brought a few bars to spit. For those who didn't know, Mr. Songz can rap as well; he's got a Twista-like flow and, believe it or not, the boy is nice. There are rumors of him dropping a mixtape in the near future, but no confirmation as of yet.
The morning of the Atlanta show, he tweeted that his voice was completely gone, which was hard to believe since he sounded like perfection on stage. He put on a great show with all the runs and range of a professional. And speaking of Twitter, if you're a follower of his at twitter.com/SongzYuuup, then youve noticed his crazy beef with Sandra Rose, the tell it like it is" Atlanta entertainment blogger. Apparently the whole ordeal began when Rose wrote an entry dissing Songz by saying he was the recipient of the One Hit Wonder Award at the recent taping of the BET Hip Hop Awards. Ouch! She also alleged that Trey is a "top and a bottom" on the down low scene. Not cool. But maybe that would explain why the guy with the towel wiped down Songz sweaty chest and stomach during a segment of the show nothing drawn out, but definitely a screw-face moment.
Anyway, Songz then retaliated by making her a trending topic on Twitter as his following of over four million fans began going in on Ms. Rose, or #sandraroseface, as she has now been coined by Songz, himself. One of the many jabbing posts about Rose read: "All the road kill we passed on the way here looks like #sandraroseface." Rose is definitely the black sheep of the hour and one thing is for sure, Trey Songz' fanbase is firm and protective of its star. If anyone chooses to come at him sideways, be prepared to get twitted on by his loyal followers with no mercy.
"your favorite local atlanta band sucks"
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