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Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction was announced the only way it could be in 2015, via an official statement on the group’s Facebook page. (I suppose a series of Snapchats would also have been appropriate.) The crucial sentence and obvious pullquote is this: “I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old… More »

The-Dream has a knack for pulling out a variety of things from the artists he works with. Just today, Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland released a Dream-produced track, “Dirty Laundry,” recounting an abusive relationship and her post-DC mixed feelings about Beyoncé. For that matter, some of Bey’s most enormous girl-power anthems came from The-Dream’s pen. More »

After experimenting with three formats for the Monthly Mix — MP3 zip, Spotify playlist, Soundcloud set, etc. — in March we finally came upon a solution that pleased everyone: all of them. And so, for you, here is the month’s music, whittled down to its very best, via each of the aforementioned mediums, limited only… More »

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The-Dream – “IV Play”

As with most music from The-Dream, hearing this for the first time on computer speakers is not recommended. I got to hear “IV Play,” along with nine other tracks that will appear on his upcoming album of the same name, last week in a Chelsea studio with an impressive sound system and sufficient bass i… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 8, 2013 - 6:17 pm

The-Dream – “Slow It Down” Video (Feat. Fabolous)

Slow It Down” is the new single from the human R&B song factory The-Dream, and it’s about how everyone should stop making fired-up top-40 EDM and make some slower, sexier songs instead. So naturally, the video isn’t about any of that stuff; it’s a narrative thing packed with ’50s signifiers and romantic longing and ass-shots. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2013 - 9:15 am

The-Dream – “TRON”

I’m not sure anyone saw this one coming, but The-Dream’s latest track — on which he repeatedly insists, “I am R&B” — isn’t an R&B song at all. Rather, it’s a hard-as-fuck rap rant with screwed-up vocals and a hectic synthetic beat that hits like an adrenaline needle to the heart. Who knew this guy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 14, 2013 - 1:07 pm

The-Dream – “Slow It Down” (Feat. Fabolous)

For the sake of full disclosure, I am a super fan of The-Dream. I have been waiting for this single since he promised a fourth album by singing “6/7/2011, I’mma drop that Love Affair” on 2010’s “Sex Intelligent (Remix).” June 7 of that year passed and there was no new record. Many release dates and… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 15, 2013 - 12:30 pm

The-Dream – “Wake Me When It’s Over” Video

Last year, The-Dream, recording as real name Terius Nash, released the free mixtape 1977. And later this month, he’ll release a commercial version of it, complete with bonus tracks. And now he’s got a video for the 1977 track “Wake Me When It’s Over,” with the video mirroring the song’s lyrics about a relationship falling… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 6, 2012 - 4:21 pm

The-Dream – “Tender Tendencies”

Here’s another bonus cut from the forthcoming deluxe physical release of 1977, a slow-burning ballad called “Tender Tendencies.” “My tendencies go off like alarms,” Nash sings. Hear it below… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 26, 2012 - 1:07 pm

The-Dream – “AK-47″

Radio Killa & Def Jam will release a commercial version of The-Dream’s 2011 mixtape 1977, a collection that will feature two new songs. One of those surfaced today — it’s called “AK-47″ — and it’s a pretty hard-hitting, catchy track where The-Dream compares his girl to an assault weapon (as you could imagine). I’m guessing… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 15, 2012 - 1:28 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

If you need a quick crash-course in why music videos are not what they once were, have a look at Alex Pappademas’s celebration of the great Hype Williams in Grantland. Plenty of great music video directors are working today, but none of them are bringing the sheer opulent visual verve that Hype had at hi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 20, 2012 - 3:15 pm

The-Dream – “Dope Bitch” Video (Feat. Pusha T)

The-Dream’s new video for the breezy summer single “Dope Bitch” has a bunch of submachine guns, a few mountains of cocaine, and a group of models who apparently are willing to contort their bodies enough to spell out the song’s title. Dream does not, evidently, have any hope of this thing getting airplay on any… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 17, 2012 - 12:32 pm

Download jj High Summer EP

It’s Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden, so in celebration of that national holiday, Swedish indie pop duo jj dropped an EP called High Summer. It follows in the tradition of stuff like “Beautiful Life,” a song that imposes rap and pop conventions onto their blissful, hazy sound. The second song, “10,” samples The-Dream’s “Shorty Is DaMore »

By: Corban Goble / June 22, 2012 - 9:09 am

The-Dream – “Dope Bitch” (Feat. Pusha T)

The latest single from The-Dream is making the rounds this morning, and it’s an easy-swinging, midtempo jam called “Dope Bitch” that features Pusha T, who is in a little bit friendlier of a mood on this one. Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 6, 2012 - 9:08 am

The-Dream – “Kill The Lights” Video (Feat. Casha)

The-Dream now has a video for his new soft-focus slow jam “Kill The Lights,” which features recent protege Casha. In the clip, Dream and Casha both make their best sexyfaces, and lots of lightbulbs explode. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 29, 2012 - 10:57 am

Stereogum’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums For Spring/Summer 2012

HBO’s medieval drama Game Of Thrones premieres April 1, and this season’s plot involves five different claims to the throne and these respective factions’ ongoing clobbering of one another (#TeamRobb). But, yet another mantle is up for grabs, one that involves absolutely nobody getting their head cut off; the claim to “your album of the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 29, 2012 - 10:32 am

The-Dream – “Kill The Lights” (Feat. Casha)

As The-Dream preps his oft-delayed new record for spring release, he’s been filling up the Twitter feed lately by defending Rihanna, congratulating his ex-wife on Twitter, dropping a new video and a mere day later, dropping another new song, an extra-slow-jam called “Kill The Lights” featuring protege Casha. Listen to the track at his website,… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 24, 2012 - 11:53 am

The-Dream – “ROC” Video

The-Dream just put out a video for January single “ROC,” and it’s a pool party! Any excuse to throw a pool party is a great excuse, so I’m all in on that concept. Also, just curious, but blurring out brand text on tees and hats is still a thing? Evidently so. Watch the clip at… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 23, 2012 - 1:21 pm

The-Dream – “ROC”

In order to tide us over until The Love IV: Diary Of A Mad Man dropped, Terius Nash — The-Dream — put out 1977, an underrated, free mixtape at the end of the summer last year. The Love IV, which was supposed to be out last fall, got pushed back, but today Nash put out… More »

By: Corban Goble / January 5, 2012 - 10:33 am

Terius Nash – “Ghetto” Video (Feat. Big Sean)

Like a lot of songs on his free album, 1977, Terius Nash’s new video for “Ghetto” is sorta shapeless. But, also like the album, it has its heart in the right places and exudes an effortless, lazy strength (riding bikes, singing in front of cars with a Solo cup that matches the car color, etc). More »

By: Corban Goble / October 24, 2011 - 2:03 pm

The 10 Best Indie Rock Beyoncé Covers

It’s going to be impossible to claim that Beyoncé Knowles has “quietly” put together a vicious song catalog, stocked with everything from heart-wrenching ballads to shamelessly fun bangers, but she has done it without some of the fanfare associated with other pop stars. And, you know, the musical work is stellar; it makes a to… More »

By: Stereogum / October 14, 2011 - 10:24 am

Terius Nash – “Long Gone” Video

Last month, R&B lothario-auteur The-Dream gave his alias a break and released the free online album 1977 as Terius Nash, his government name. Now, he’s given us a video for the forlorn 1977 breakup track “Long Gone.” It’s a pretty standard melodramatic R&B video, with bad acting and all-white backgrounds and a close-up shot of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 21, 2011 - 10:34 am