By Zach Armstrong
PETERSBURG, Va -- Petersburg native and famous Rap artist Trey Songz unveiled a new mural dedicated to him located on East Bank Street in his hometown during an October block party. The event was organized to support the superstar’s latest album titled “Back Home”, a possible reference to the Petersburg area, released on Oct. 9. Although hundreds of people attended, most of them wore masks the entire time including Songz. The album was released Oct. 9.
Songz, born Tremaine Aldon Neverson, was born in 1984 in Petersburg and graduated from Petersburg High School in 2002. He has sold over 25 million records worldwide, and his highest charting song “Bottoms Up” peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 2010.
The rapper also used the unveiling to support an upcoming Richmond artist Jason Ford who painted the mural. “It was just a special call to kind of lock-in and have a hometown hero to reach out to you to get some artwork done,” said Ford to NBC12. “This is actually my second mural working at this large-scale.”
According to Ford, Songz approached him when Songz noticed his work on social media pages that were made with cans of spray paint. Ford spent much of the unveiling on a mechanical lift filling in the final portrait of Songz.
“We just want to band together and celebrate the positive stuff that’s going on here in the city,” said Ford. “I hope that it just inspires others to tap in and focus in on whatever their special talent is and just use it as an inspiration.”
“For us to come together at this moment where there has been a lot of violence, a lot of grief, a lot of hurting in the community, it feels good to give something back,” said Songz, who has made two previous visits back to Virginia this year; once to protest for Black Lives Matter in Richmond and later for a Petersburg food drive.