I Gotta Make It

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I Gotta Make It
I Gotta Make It.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 26, 2005 (2005-07-26)
ProducerTroy Taylor (also exec.), Mike Caren (exec.), Scott Storch, Warryn Campbell, J.R. Rotem, Delante Murphy (exec.), Bei Maejor
Trey Songz chronology
I Gotta Make It
Trey Day
Singles from I Gotta Make It
  1. "Gotta Make It"
    Released: November 23, 2004
  2. "Gotta Go"
    Released: July 9, 2005

I Gotta Make It is the debut studio album by American R&B recording artist Trey Songz. It was released on July 26, 2005, by Atlantic Records. Recording sessions took place from 2003 to 2005, with Trey Songz' then mentor Troy Taylor, alongside Mike Caren and Delante Murphy serving as the records executive producers, while the additional production by Warryn Campbell and Bei Maejor; additionally, there are four guest appearances from American rappers Twista, Juvenile and T.I., alongside American R&B legend Aretha Franklin.

The album was supported by two singles: "Gotta Make It" featuring Twista, and "Gotta Go". The album debuted at number 20 on the US Billboard 200.


The title track, called "Gotta Make It" was released as the first single from the album on November 23, 2004. The song features guest verse from American rapper Twista, while the production was provided by Trey Songz' then mentor Troy Taylor.

The album's second and final single, called "Gotta Go" was released on July 9, 2005. The song was produced by Troy Taylor.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Vibe3.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

Information is taken from Liner Notes and Discogs.com except where noted.[3] Tracks 1-6 & 8-17: Vocals produced by Trey Songz Tracks 5-7, 10 & 12: Vocals produced by Troy Taylor. Tracks 2-6, 8-10 & 12-17 feature Background Vocals performed by Trey Songz & Troy Taylor

1."A Message from Aretha" (Vocals performed by Aretha Franklin)
(Instruments played by Troy Taylor)
Troy TaylorTaylor
(All Instruments & Vocals)
2."Gotta Make It" (featuring Twista)
(Additional Instruments played by Troy Taylor & Kookie)
(Sampled Background Vocals: The Ebonys)
Tremaine Neverson, Carl Mitchell, Harold Lilly, Taylor, Kim Hoglund, Leon HuffKookie
(All Instruments)
(All Instruments & Vocals)
3."Cheat on You" (Additional Instruments played & arranged by Troy Taylor)Neverson, Taylor, Delante "Butta" Murphy, Felton PilateTaylor
(All Instruments & Vocals)
4."Gotta Go" (Lead Vocals performed by Trey Songz)
(Guitar: Eric Walls)
(Additional Instruments played & arranged by Troy Taylor)
Neverson, Taylor, Marvin SmithTaylor
(All Instruments & Vocals)
5."Ooo"Neverson, Taylor, Dana Hammond, Balewa Muhammad, Mischke Butler, Robert Waller, Sly Jordan, Warryn Campbell, Christopher "Deep" HendersonCampbell (Music)
Hammond (co.)
6."All The Ifs" (Background Vocals performed by Ezekiel Lewis)Neverson, Taylor, Waller, S. Jordan, Ezekiel LewisScott Storch (Music)5:05
7."Ur Behind" (Instruments: Bei Maejor)
(Background Vocals performed by Trey Songz & Fynch Moneybaggz)
Neverson, Rion Jones, Murphy, Brandon GreenBei Maejor
(All Instruments)
Trey Songz
(All Vocals & Instruments)
8."From a Woman's Hand" (Background Vocals performed by Ezekiel Lewis)
(Instruments played & arranged by Michael Me & Troy Taylor)
Neverson, Taylor, Lewis, Michael AmeenTaylor
(All Instruments & Vocals)
Michael Me (co.)
9."Kinda Lovin'" (Music arranged by Troy Taylor)
(Guitar: Rick "Star" Williams)
(Other Instruments played by Troy Taylor)
Neverson, Taylor, Rick "Star" WilliamsTaylor
(All Instruments & Vocals)
10."Comin' for You" (Guitar: Mike Hartnett)
(Keyboards: Dave Robbins)
(Bass played by Stuart Johnson)
(Horns played by Hornz Unlimited)
(Music Programming & Drums: Organized Noize)
Neverson, Taylor, Murphy, Patrick Brown, Ray Murray, Rico WadeOrganized Noize
(All Instruments)
11."Just Wanna Cut (Prelude)" (Piano & Instruments played by Troy Taylor)TaylorTaylor
(All Instruments & Vocals)
12."Just Wanna Cut"Neverson, Taylor, Jasper Murray, Murphy, Jonathan RotemJ.R. Rotem (Music)3:57
13."In the Middle" (Background Vocals performed by Ezekiel Lewis & Shawn "St. Ranger" Harris)
(Instruments played & arranged by Steffon Reed & Troy Taylor)
Neverson, Taylor, Greg "Buggyeye" Desilus, Steffon "SteffNasty" Reed, Shawn "St. Ranger" Harris, LewisThe BeatBanggahz
(All Instruments)
(All Instruments & Vocals)
14."Make Love Tonight" (Guitar: Frank Ramonoe)
(Other Instruments played by Troy Taylor)
(Music arranged by Troy Taylor)
Neverson, TaylorTaylor
(All Instruments & Vocals)
15."Hatin' Love" (Instruments played & arranged by Michael Me & Troy Taylor)Neverson, Taylor, Lewis, Michael AmeenTaylor
(All Instruments & Vocals)
Michael Me (co.)
16."Gotta Go (Reprise)"Neverson, Taylor, SmithTaylor
(All Instruments & Vocals)
17."Gotta Make It (Remix)" (featuring Aretha Franklin and Juvenile)
(Instruments played by Ron G)
Neverson, Taylor, Lilly, Hoglund, Huff, Terius GrayRon G
(All Instruments)
(All Instruments & Vocals)

Sample credits

  • "Gotta Make It" contains elements from "It's Forever" performed by The Ebonys.
  • "Cheat on You" contains elements from "(Let Me Put) Love On Your Mind" performed by Con Funk Shun.
  • "Gotta Go" and "Gotta Go (Reprise)" contains elements from "Child" performed by 21st Century.


Chart (2005) Peak
US Billboard 200[4] 20
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[4] 6


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Vibe review
  3. ^ Songz, Trey. "I Gotta Make It" (CD, Album, Enhanced). Atlantic. 2005. https://www.discogs.com/Trey-Songz-I-Gotta-Make-It/release/3274878
  4. ^ a b "Artist Chart History - Trey Songz - Albums". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-04-07.