Thursday September 1st, 2011 12:58

Free Album: The-Dream


Aside from Game’s long-awaited ‘RED Album’, this week’s biggest (and best value) rap release was always going to be Terius ‘The-Dream’ Nash’s free-to-download new album, ’1977′. A real visionary behind the mixing desk (his penmanship and production fingerprints are all over Beyonce’s ’4′, Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’, Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’), The-Dream churns out soundscapes of molten hip-hop gold, renowned on his own solo work for his butter-soft voice and fluid, confessional lyrics.

Hear the above talents showcased below via opening ’1977′ track ‘Wake Me When It’s Over’, Dream’s post-divorce discussion of love and loss which seeks to give voice both to the embittered ex-husband, and the regretful guy reflecting on his own mistakes. This is R&B therapy at it’s most effective, folks.

Featuring, amongst other special guests, Pharrell Williams and Big Sean, download the full and free album here via The-Dream’s official site. Embossed metallic cover look familiar much? Anyone?

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Monday June 27th, 2011 13:30

Demo Tape: The-Dream


A while back we reported on a backstage clip, as shot and leaked by Jay-Z, of Beyonce prepping a run-through of her ’4′ highlight ’1+1′ prior to an appearance on the ‘American Idol’ finale. Remember that?

As impressive as her rendition was, there’s little to chose between Beyonce’s album version and an early studio demo recorded and sung by the song’s co-writer and producer, and an R&B star in his own right, The-Dream. Making it more than just a rough prototype, The-Dream proves his vocal worth over the track’s rudimentary but soulful backing, nailing the hard-to-reach falsetto highs with a voice, dare we say, to rival even Bey herself.

Judge for yourself whose version scores highest on the ’1+1′ talent calculator, by streaming The-Dream’s original below, and Beyonce’s polished album cut here. Though we think that Beyonce just has the edge on this one, sorry, The-Dream.

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The-Dream – 1+1 (Beyoncé Demo) by user524949

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