At the end of last December, videos surfaced of Trey Songz destroying a stage at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit during a mini-temper tantrum. The event staff who prevented Trigga from performing past the venue’s 11:30 pm curfew presented him a golden opportunity for free promo—the smirk on the singer’s mugshot, which went viral, all but announced “new music is dropping soon.” Sure enough, Trey Songz and his frequent collaborator, Fabolous, surprised fans with their joint EP *Trappy New Years *on New Year's Eve. Eleven days later (and fittingly on a “hump day” Wednesday), the singer released the third installment of his sexually charged Anticipation mix-tape series.
Interestingly, Anticipation 3 is a collaborative effort, not a solo turn. Although the cover highlights Trey mid-performance, roaring and ripped, (possibly a screengrab from the Joe Louis Arena incident???), the smaller print reads “FEAT. MIKE X ANGEL.” But Mike x Angel, Trey Songz’s latest protegé, is more than just a featured act: he’s on eight of the 11 tracks. The singer is Virginia’s answer to Toronto’s Tory Lanez, with hints of R&B cult fave Pleasure P from Pretty Ricky. Trey’s guest opens up the mixtape on the slow, loopy jaunt “A3” promising “party favors, party favors.”
With the assistance of his pupil, Trey Songz delivers on his usual dimpled-grin bedroom talk, but this time around he's consistently upstaged by other featured guests. New York’s Justine Darcenne breathes new life into *Anticipation 3 *as the female antagonist of “Find My Love,” and the frank voice on the excellent “Vibrator.” “Vibrator” also includes a great turn by Chicago rapper Chisanity, whose sounds like a deeper-voiced 21 Savage crossed with “Atlanta’s” fictional character Paper Boi. On the other hand, “93 Unleaded” could have worked without Dave East, whose bars and flow overwhelm the simplistic beat.