Trigga is the sixth studio album by American R&B recording artist Trey Songz. The album was released on July 1, 2014, by Songbook and Atlantic Records. Following the release of his fifth studio album Chapter V (2012), Songz made his acting debut in Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013). The same year Songz began work on his sixth studio album and enlisted a variety of producers including DJ Mustard, Da Internz, Soundz, Mike WiLL Made It, Dun Deal, The Featherstones, D’Mile and The Insomniakz amongst others. Songz also enlisted the a variety of guest appearances from artists including Nicki Minaj, Mila J, Ty Dolla $ign, Justin Bieber, and Juicy J.
Upon release the album was met with positive reviews from critics; whom praised Trigga’s production, the album also fared commercially well debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album was supported by the singles “Na Na”, “SmartPhones”, “Foreign” and “Change Your Mind”, along with the promotional single “Ordinary” featuring Jeezy.
Trigga was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 69, which indicates “generally positive reviews”, based on 9 reviews. Andy Kellman of AllMusic said, “This is, no doubt, one of the most flagrantly lecherous commercial R&B albums of its time. It also has sharp hooks and slick productions to spare. Those who are justifiably opposed to it on principle might find it all the more obnoxious that it comes from a proficient vocalist whose melodicism is almost unrivaled. Anupa Mistry of Spin stated, “Trigga isn’t as cohesive as 2009’s Ready, but it’s a sublime, soulful convergence of the sonic minimalism and oil-slicked synths of today’s hip-hop and R&B (courtesy, mostly, of Young Thug and Migos-famous producer Dun Deal), and its sound provides a charismatic contrast to its almost anhedonic pursuit of pleasure. A 20-track album (!) never felt so breezy.Paul MacInnes of The Guardian said, “It might all feel a little mechanical, but Trigga does hang together, and has a seductive power that (one presumes) is befitting of the man himself. Matt Fruchtman of Slant Magazine stated, “At times, Songz’s lyrics venture into personal territory: “Y.A.S. (You Ain’t Shit)” displays both genuine self-loathing and anger that’s a stark contrast to the arrogant persona featured throughout the bulk of the album. This kind of vulnerability is refreshing, but Trigga is otherwise designed like a Hollywood blockbuster: squandered talent, obvious themes, and fleeting moments of creative excellence that stick among the clichés. The only guarantee is that there’ll be a sequel.
Martín Caballero of USA Today said, “Trey Songz’s engaging sixth album, Trigga, is a statement of intent — not of a bold new direction, but rather of the singer’s determination to solidify the hitmaker’s pedigree he’s worked hard to earn. Julia LeConte of Now stated, “Trigga is smooth and singable, with its share of gems. Change Your Mind is the most initially catchy (in that vanilla, Jason Derülo way) and Foreign (Remix) begs for repeat spins.] Erin Lowers of XXL said, “Filled with lust, desire and sexual journeys, Trey Songz reaches an expected level of mainstream success with Trigga, and while safe is always encouraged during sexual acts, perhaps Trey could’ve taken a few more risks with this album. Trey Songz has “invented sex”, given us “heart attacks” and taught us how to drink “bottoms up,” but perhaps the bonus cuts “Love Around The World,” “What’s Best For You,” and “I Know (I Can’t Get It Back)” offers insight to who Tremaine is, and may promise his own “I Believe I Can Fly” on his next album.