Trina is notorious for her provocative, sex-filled lyrics, but it seems her mainstream fan base likes her best when she’s engaging in less dirty talk and more personal chit chat.
Like 2005’s relationship-driven, Kelly Rowland-assisted “Here We Go,” which peaked at a career-best No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, her latest single about a troubled breakup is proving an early fan favorite.
“Single Again,” from the Miami rapstress’ Slip-N-Slide album “Still Da Baddest” (Feb. 12), is the top debut at No. 24 this week on Hot Rap Songs. It is also new at No. 71 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
“This album is uptempo, but it’s also a little melodic, emotional and personal,” Trina told Billboard last year. “I didn’t want to be drowned out or sad, I just wanted to be happy and up-spirited, so I can show my fans Trina has really grown up.”
“The songs selected for the album were tracks ladies needed to hear-about maturing and keeping focus,” Slip-N-Slide president Ted Lucas adds.
With the idea that “Single Again” will be the 2008 single ladies’ anthem, Slip-N-Slide will run ads on Internet dating sites and sponsor blind-date contests on radio stations across the country. Trina is also launching a radio and retail promo tour Jan. 10.
Continuing with the female empowerment theme, the second single will be “I Got a Thing for You,” featuring Keyshia Cole, about a woman secure enough to declare her feelings to a love interest. Other guests on the set include Missy Elliott, Plies, Trick Daddy, Mya and Rick Ross. Jim Jonsin and J Rock are among the featured producers.
And for those fans who prefer the raunchiness for which Trina is well-known, there’s “Look Back at Me” featuring Killer Mike. The street single, which references a sexual position, was released to DJs and radio this week.
“Her fans know she’s rough and they like that,” Lucas says. “So she’s back with a little of that, but she’s matured as well. That’s why she’s still the baddest.”