Who Sang “Already Taken” Better—Trey Songz Or R. Kelly?

Aug 3rd, 2010 // 29 Comments

Trey Songz has a track on the Step Up 3-D soundtrack, an emotional (but uptempo) love song called “Already Taken.” What you may not know is that his R&B nemesis R. Kelly recorded a demo of the Polow Da Don song about a year ago, but passed on it. You know what that means! It’s time for Who Sang It Better—and you get to judge after listening to both tracks behind the jump.

First, here’s Trey’s version of the track:

Now check out R. Kelly’s (tagged) rendition of “Already Taken”:

Musically, both tracks are basically identical, and we’d gladly tap our feet to either track. But Kelly’s vocals are just a smidge smoother and the chorus is a little bit more rousing with the crowd-chanting “ay!”s in his take on the R&B tune.

It’s interesting that Songz and Kelly both recorded the same track, since these two artists have been feuding for some time.

“People say, ‘Well, I hear a lot of R. Kelly in your music.’ So what?” Songz told VIBE in April. “R. Kelly took Aaron Hall’s whole style. Two albums straight… You can say what you want about me.” Kelly’s reply in a following interview was simply the ominous threat that Songz should “be very careful.”

Makes us wonder if Songz knew that Kelly abandoned this track and purposefully picked it up just to spite him. We’ll have to wait a few more days to see how well Trey’s “Already Taken” did on the charts to figure out how “careful” he needs to be.

What say you? Who did it better, Trey or Kell?

  1. Babygurl

    Trey Songz The New King of R&B

  2. Starr

    Trey Songz of course

  3. MsFish

    Robert Kelly, FTW.

  4. Bree

    Trey has it locked….you had to ask?!

  5. kaitlynn

    TREY SONGZ!!!!!!! TREY SONGZ DID IT BETTER BY FFFAAAARRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LUV YHU TREY!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. thomas

    must be tiny boopers on here saying trey. but it just shows r. kelly’s power. his demo version being compared to trey’s mastered version. vocally and muscially kellz is damn near untouchable.

  7. 2cents

    Hasn’t even gone plat. Not internationally known. No major hits.

    No King of R&B

    There’s only one and that’s R. Kelly.

  8. 2cents

    I’m gonna go with R. Kelly. Vocally >>>

  9. KingofR&BisRkelly

    baby gurl and every trey song lover. THE TRUE king of R&B is r kelly. He has more grammys and awards and has been in the music industry more years than trey songz thats final. and enough with the bull of trey songz being the king of R&b. damn! u smokin green or what? when u said that

  10. Musickilla

    R.kelly did there is no such thing as a new king of RnB there is only one king of rnb like there was only one king of Pop MJ
    R.Kelly=Legend (wrote for MJ, Mj did the same for him,wrote for other old school artist and newer, have spirital songs
    Trey=Beginner

  11. maegan

    treyyyyyyy for sure.

  12. tanya

    TREY’S VERSION IS WAAAYYY MORE BELIEVABLE… RKELLY TO OLD FOR THAT DAMN SONG. RKELLY VOCALLY SOUNDS STUPID WTF

  13. DC

    Trey Songz this time. Age of the listener doesn’t matter but age of the singer plays a part. from my point of view you look at trey songz and you see a ladies man good looks good vocals. and that factors into the believability of the music. R kelly is good. i just have to give it to trey. only because of the few parts that treys vocals sounded smoother than kell’s. those little parts were the most important to me.

  14. BoSzLadyy

    Kellz Sing It Better, It Only ONE King Of R&B And Thats R. Kelly, Like I Really Wish People Stop Trying To Put R. Kelly Sneakers On Trey Songz Feet Because It’s Not Going To Fit, Trey Songz CAN NOT Replace R. Kelly *I Repeat* CAN NOT Replace The Legend A.K.A The King Of R&B

  15. ericap1982

    R.Kelly’s version sounds way more better than Trey Songz.I don’t have any against Trey Songz,but he is just a beginner.R.Kelly is legendary.

  16. EJ

    The Rrrraa’s Verion is ok, but its just a demo, prob is Trey verion is just OK also & its the final version. I like Trey Misically, but he is KNOWEHER near kells. Kells writes for not only himself, but also others including Trey Songz. Trey hasn’t even wrote more than a few songs on any of his albums. Also, Trey makes Love & club songs only, Kells can go gospel, inspirational, & he can go in that When a Womans Fed Up story tellin mode. Trey is a Hot artist, but not yet a great artist!

  17. EJ

    & I agree King of R&B was a name bestowed onto Kells way back in the Mid 90s, yet pp try to place others in his throne. Maybe Trey can be the Prince of R&B or somethin, but Kelly is & will always be the King, like MJ is the King of Pop….

  18. Hloni

    Everytime you google R kelly, you get trey songs. The guy needed to diss The King in order to market himself. cheap short but smart. trey songs has nothing on r kelly, he first has to go past The Ushers of this world, the Chris Browns, and even guys like the Dream before he can even get close to being crowned with the label of king or even prince of r&b. He needs to listen to Nas’ “Hip Hop Is Dead” Carry on Tradition.

    R Kelly changed the Music game and it will never be the same.
    Born in the 90′s
    12 Play
    R Kelly
    R (Double Album)
    TP2.Com
    Loveland/Chocolate Factory
    TP3.com
    He saved me/ Happy people
    Double Up
    12 Play Fourth Quater (leaked Album)
    Untitled.

    When tray songs has a career spaning over 18 years then maybe we can crown him or knight hime for now he can suck a horse’s dick!

  19. Keisha

    Man please R Kelly had it on locked!!! You see Trey had to copy the chorus exactly how Kells did it and with all the ad libs and everything! When I first heard the song I knew it had kells written all over it, heck his album Ready sound like a Kells album, but I love Trey regardless. He cool, but he is NO WAY on R Kelly level!!!

  20. REALTALK

    instead of trey trying to start beef with an established legend

    he need to be somewhere with a vocal coach sounding like a damn sheep when he trys to sing.

    Kellz been in the biz 20+ years making hits for himself and others. lets see where trey is at in 20 years.

  21. M-Cat

    Thomas had it right
    “must be tiny boopers on here saying trey. but it just shows r. kelly’s power. his demo version being compared to trey’s mastered version. vocally and muscially kellz is damn near untouchable.”

    Hmmmm good DEMO vs good final product? I bet the demo would have ROCKED after the same production went into his version

  22. Kells got this allday Gay Songz way out of his league

  23. Sheri

    I like Trey songs but I wasn’t feeling him into he stole r kellys entire style of singing. So many people have tried to steal r kellys style but there’s only one kells!!!

  24. Lee

    Trey Songz is a wannabe R Kelly there’s your answer. R Kelly has been out and about for decades Gay Trey who insults and degrade’s women in almost every song he sings just rolled from under a rock. I barely heard of him because of Drake. R Kelly is the best…there’s no comparison.

  25. chris

    interscope artist alja jackson wrote already taken i luv herit was originally for rkelly=)

  26. TREY SONGZ TO ME IS A SUPERSTAR FOR A WHILE,HOW CAN HE COMPARE HIMSELF TO THE KING WHOSE MUSIC HAS TOUCHED EVERY PART OF THE WORLD EVEN IN THE ROMOTEST PART OF AFRICA WHERE I AM FROM.R.KELLY IS MORE POPULAR THAN ANY AMERICAN ARTIST ALIVE,HIS FAN BASE IS LIKE A CULT, SO FOR ONE TO ATTAIN THIS STATUS IT WILL TAKE TREY SONGZ FOREVER TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT R.KELLY HAS DONE FOR JUST 5YRS.SO MY ADVICE TO TREY SONG IS TO GO LOCK HIMSELF UP IN THE LOO AND CRY FOR HIS LIFE INSTEAD OF BEEFING.BOMBOCLACK

  27. Junior

    Yo its funny cuz about all da people that said trey’s was the one was probly all girls wake up man R Kelly is his king trey is really good i dont wanna be a jerk-but hey when trey writes all the songs dat r kelly wrote for many legends in his time then well talk

  28. Jonathan

    Thats funny Trey degrades women? Have you heard any of the stuff from R. Kelly, hes great but dont say something bad about trey when kelly is worse. just look at his dam personal life, child porn and peeing on little girls. I take trey all day!

  29. Ok. Everybody I’m from chi and I am absolutely in love with Kellz but Trey got this song. Vocals Kellz got it but this song fits Trey better that’s it! Point, Blank, Period!

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