Def Jam Hitmaker Packs His Bags For Good: “I Will Miss This Logo”

Def Jam Hitmaker Packs His Bags For Good: “I Will Miss This Logo”

R&B singer The-Dream‘s run at Def Jam Recordings has reportedly come to an end after releasing a handful of albums and radio hits since his 2007 arrival.

Dream announced his unexpected decision via Instagram and posted photos of his albums released while at Def Jam.

“I will miss this logo. It all started here! Love Everything that I achieved there, EXODUS THE-DREAM #exodusthedream,” Dream wrote January 8.

“Started with Umbrella…… Since then it’s been reigning forever.”

“Creativity+No Politics.”

“Creatively engaged and tried to beat Love Hate into submission.”

“Under appreciated and unfinished! When no one would turn in a Album that year. We did, it was a grave mistake. But I am proud of my work regardless. To much EGO.”

“Creativity! My own Time my own Way. Just me and spat my Engineer at the Time. No label at All! Perfect”

“The shareholders version of 1977….”


“Let the New Tides bring The Things not yet seen! There’s more where those came from! We have only heard what I’ve brought to shore the things that lay in the deep want lye there for much longer.” (The-Dream’s Instagram)

Reports suggest Dream’s tensions toward the label have heated up dating back three years ago.

Interestingly enough, when The-Dream released his 2011 mixtape, with no label support at the time, Terius Nash: 1977, he said, “Creativity! My own time my own way. Just me and spat my engineer at the time. No label at All! Perfect.” As the story goes, Dream was frustrated with Def Jam because they were holding up his intended project Love IV MMXII. Instead of waiting for their green light, Dream recorded a new project, Terius Nash 1977, and released it for free despite his labels objections. The album would later be packaged and released for retail in 2012. (Complex)

Last month, The LOX’s Jadakiss said the headaches he had experienced at Def Jam were no different than what fellow labelmates Jeezy and Fabolous had gone through.

“Me, I’m always sitting on an album though,” Jada said when asked about his delayed solo album. “We’re always sitting on material. My situation over there at Def Jam is a different [complication]. Def Jam is different right now. I ain’t just speaking for myself. You can ask Fab, you can ask Jeezy, [Rick] Ross, you can ask Kanye, anybody. So it got to be right and it got to feel right. Until then, I’m just doing [my thing]. They got this new thing where it’s like you’re auditioning. I got a whole album. See, with that, it’s a lot of stuff people won’t ever heard. [Hot 97 executive] Pecas has been to the studio, he’s been up there, before [former Def Jam head] Joie left, he been up there. He knows what it is. But I don’t know what’s going on. I ain’t tripping, I’m just working. That’s all we do, make music. … Who don’t want to put their album out? I’m just not gonna pass it to you like it’s nothing. It’s not going to be a filler or a quota.” (Hot 97)

Recently, Dipset’s Juelz Santana posted a screenshot of Jeezy’s anti-Def Jam comments onto his Instagram page and added his own two cents.

“???????? SMH #SadButTrue it’s like being In Bed Wit A Bad Bi$$h But Can F*k her ????????#!! GodWillN2 #OnTheWay ?????????,” Juelz wrote November 19. (Juelz Santana’s Instagram)

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