News: The-Dream Calls It Quits, "I'd Rather Kill The-Dream Than Somebody Else Kill Me" [Video]
Thursday, Jul 23, 2009 4:25PM
Hitmaker The-Dream has announced his retirement from making albums and explained why his next album will be his last.
The singer also revealed his "final" release's title.
"I'm almost finished with Love King," Dream revealed in an interview. "It's the third album and my final album, actually. I'm not doing an album after that. I've accomplished what I've accomplished. I feel like I'd rather kill The-Dream than somebody else kill me. So that's the big headline there, killing The-Dream...It's over with, so nobody has to worry about 'Has he lost it,' 'When's it gonna drop,' 'Where's it at.' I'm giving you the last record 'cause I said it was the last record before you telling me which one is the last record. I'll just tell you." (The Hip Hop Chronicle)
Despite his claims of the next album being his last, he previously spoke on making a collaboration project alongside Kanye West earlier this year.
"It was first thought of by me," Dream said in an interview. "I was in Miami at the time, and I gave Kanye a call and said, 'The best thing would be for me and you to do an album.' I feel he's at a certain place in hip-hop, I'm at a certain place in R&B, and lyrically, I'm just in a certain place in my lifetime. Let's take the best of both worlds and put it on a CD and try to make something we can sell to the consumers. He says he's with it. We're gonna try to make it happen. I told him, 'Let me lift my profile up a little bit.'...It wouldn't take that long at all, once we got the concept." (MTV)
Other artists like Lupe Fiasco and Bow Wow previously announced retirements from rap, however, later changed their minds.
"This is my last album because for me, there's no more that needs to be done on the music side, I've done everything," Bow explained in an interview last spring. "And the scary thing is I'm 22 years old and I'm young. I'm still a baby, so it's kinda like on the music side, I've been doing it since five. That's 17 years of non-stop music, music, music. There's nothing more to accomplish that I haven't seen yet...I feel like now it's time to endure a new challenge...Close the chapter on the Bow Wow legacy...As far as albums, I'm good. Seven albums at 22, that's crazy." (Real Talk NY)
The-Dream's last album debuted atop Billboard's Top 5 last spring.
Hitmaker The-Dream has made his return to the charts as Love vs. Money debuted at No. 2. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the singer's sophomore Def Jam release opened up with 151,500 copies after its first seven days in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out The-Dream's final album announcement below: