R&B singer The-Dream has spoken on rumors about an upcoming collaboration album with fellow Def Jam label-mate Kanye West, revealing that he cooked up the idea.
The hitmaker detailed how the idea of a joint album first came together.
“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)
Both artists have recently been spotted at venues performing together.
One of Def Jam’s local fetes will include a MySpace “The Release” show Thursday night, at West Hollywood nightclub Area — complete with a Kanye West guest appearance to help perform the single “Walking on the Moon.” The show, free to the first 200 people who arrive with a printout of their MySpace profile displaying The-Dream in their top friends, also will feature appearances from up-and-coming Def Jam girl group Electrik Red, and DJ sets from Dwele and DJ Knuckles. (Los Angeles Times)
Dream was also joined on stage by Fabolous and performed a number of hit songs.
Kanye West, Fabolous and a trio of scantily clad dancing girls joined The-Dream onstage last night at L.A.’s Area nightclub during a MySpace-sponsored performance celebrating the release this week of Love vs. Money, The-Dream’s new second album. Songs included “Shawty Is Da Sh*t,” “Fast Car,” “Purple Kisses,” “I Luv Your Girl” and “Rockin’ That Sh*t.” (Rolling Stone)
Ye is known for stepping out of the hip-hop circle with an emphasis on being a pop star most recently seen on his 808s & Heartbreak album.
With the loss of his mother compounded by a breakup with his fiancee, informed 2008’s 808s & Heartbreak, a major change of pace that saw West singing most of his emotionally pained lyrics with the assistance of Auto-Tune. (All Music)
Check out The-Dream’s interview below: