R&B singer The-Dream recently talked about his forthcoming 1977 free album and why some artists are too shook to take a chance on guest features.
With the free Internet LP slated to drop at the end of August, Dream said he feels his growth as a producer is evident on his upcoming release.
“‘Love King’ was rushed and the label was in transition. I was the only one that was stupid enough to put out an album while in transition. A ‘Rookie Mistake.’ But it helped me a lot in reassuring to me that it takes a team to win. I’ve grown more and I’m producing outside of myself more and that’s really a joy. I’m really happy about my production growth in being able to have the patience to completely take a record from A-Z.” (Hip Hop N More)
The singer also explained his uneasiness to depend heavily on guest features.
“While I’m humble enough to ask for features it’s really hard to get them,” Dream added. “It’s hard today to protect what you already have so some artists I see could fit perfectly on a record and change things. There is a fear that artists who are not song-writers face. And that fear is failure. And I completely understand but I have to at least ask. The people who end up usually on records that I’ve written or performed are more likely the ones without fear. I think it’s my duty to push. But not everyone thinks so.” (Hip Hop N More)
Last week, Dream revealed his plans to put out a free project.
“LP4 is Underway I THE-DREAM have decided to go forward with “Diary Of A Madman” LP it almost didnt happen. So ill be in my DefJam uniform…,” he tweeted August 1st.
“for atleast one More Season! Also a free 10 song Internet album will be released by Aug 31st. LP 4 because of the Contract negotiations…..”
“does not have a date but it will be released 4th quarter but i will give a 10 song Internet LP while you guys wait!!!! LOVE YOU.”
“The Internet LP is entitled ‘1977’ and will be released under my real name Terius Nash not The-Dream. Shooting Videos for 1977 all this week”
“The “TERIUS NASH EST. 1977″ is very personal and to my Fans!” (The-Dream’s Twitter)
In February, the hitmaker announced his return to music after previously revealing an intent to retire.
The-Dream might have claimed that last year’s Love King would be his final album, but it ain’t over yet. Last night at the premiere of Justin Bieber‘s 3D documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, the singer-songwriter revealed that his fourth album is in the works and should arrive by late summer. “Everybody’s calling for an album now, so I should have one out by August,” he told Quddus on the purple carpet. The “Baby” hitmaker is also burning with Bieber fever, sharing that he’s working on the teen idol’s next album alongside Danja, Kevin Cossom, and Kanye West. “We’ve actually been working on the next record, so I’ve been writing, just to get ready,” he said. (Rap-Up)
Check out some past The-Dream footage down below: