The long simmering beef between R. Kelly and Trey Songz has been put to bed. After hearing that the veteran R&B legend was ready to end his public feud with the 27-year-old crooner and would even entertain working with the singer, Trey responded in kind.
“I love R. Kelly,” Trey told MTV News. “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. 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.”
Trey added that Kelly will forever be at the top of the modern R&B heap.
“We had our differences and right now we’re in a great place,” he continued. “No matter how well I do, [R. Kelly] is the king forever in my eyes.”
For Kelly, the change of heart towards his young rival is quite simple. Beef has no place in soul music.
“I feel there’s a lot of talented guys out there when it comes to R&B, and what I urge guys out there to do, that’s coming up under me, [aiming for] longevity, is to stay away from beef,” R. Kelly said in a previous interview. “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.”
The conflict started in 2009, when Trey publicly called out Kelly on the diss record “(D.O.K) DEATH OF KELLZ” for using the then popular Auto-Tune voice modifying tool. When questioned about the diss by a throng of reporters during an album listening session, Kelly swatted away the taunts.
“I don’t get into the challenges anymore,” he said. “What is an elephant gonna do when an ant or a fly lands on them?” he said. “Those guys got some growing up to do. That’s something I would have answered twenty years ago.”
Now fans may get to hear collaboration between the two performers.
“You don’t want R&B singers to get into beef,” Kelly said to MTV after praising Trey Songz as one of his favorite R&B artist today. “Leave that to the rappers, let them do that — R&B, be classy. That’s for the ladies and having babies and having fun.” —Keith Murphy, CBS Local