After making his name singing the hooks for rappers ranging from LL Cool J and The Game to Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, Trey Songz's third album, "Ready" (Songbook / Atlantic), shows his smooth R&B vocals can hold the spotlight all on their own.

The single "I Need a Girl" displays a more flexible delivery than usual, somewhere between Usher and Justin Timberlake.

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That said, it's still his collabos that will get the most attention, the future smash "Successful" with Drake and the clunky ode to text-love "LOL :-)" with Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy Tell' Em.



BOTTOM LINE: Songz ready for R&B spotlight