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The-Dream “IV Play” — Album Review

Def Jam Records (2013)

Not since R. Kelly has an R&B artist emerged with a complete package – a signature sound, voice and a mighty pen – the way that The-Dream has managed to do. Coming out of Atlanta as a songwriter for B2K and ex-wife Nivea, Terius Nash solidified his pop songwriting prowess when he penned the smash hit “Umbrella” for Rihanna. The brass at Def Jam subsequently allowed The-Dream to shine through […]


The-Dream “1977 (Deluxe Re-Release)” – Album Review

A great R&B song contains these basic elements: wonderful vocals, a strong topic of emotional interest, solid production, and true to life lyrics. The-Dream obviously knows this formula well, since he follows it for his re-released free album 1977. The singer/producer enters a very personal zone as he informs listeners about his last tumultuous relationship through his music, but he also makes sure to get back to catchy singles with […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 11.17.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape November 17, 2012.   Action Bronson & Alchemist ft. Big Twin and Sean Price, “Blood of the Goat” Provided the album art for Action Bronson’s forthcoming Rare Chandeliers hasn’t already melted your brainpan, this advance single should provide some healthy, mental stimulus. A collaboration with hip-hop tinkerer extraordinaire the Alchemist, Rare Chandeliers should add to the existing wealth of Action Bronson’s gonzo, shred-hop ridiculousness.   […]


Cheat Sheet: The-Dream

Need the quick facts about an artist? Here’s a cheat sheet.   Who: Though Terius Youngdell Nash (aka The-Dream) is best known for his world-beating production work and excessive love of hyphenates, the R&B producer has a musical imagination far more nuanced than his work as a hit-maker suggests. After a childhood spent perfecting his talents on a slew of instruments in Atlanta, Nash broke into R&B production by writing […]