The-Dream is Terrence Nash, an Atlanta-based singer, songwriter, and producer with a string of R&B hits to his credit. Though he had already been working in show business for a few years, 2007 was when The-Dream really broke out. That was the year “Umbrella,” a Rihanna song Nash wrote and produced with frequent collaborator Chris “Tricky” Stewart, lit up the charts and the airwaves. Since that moment The-Dream has been near the epicenter of hip-hop and R&B, collaborating with the likes of Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Usher, and Beyonce, in addition to keeping up a respectable solo career.

The-Dream’s solo work combines the plush slow-jams of R. Kelly with the kinky romps of Prince. Nash compensates for a relatively weak range by generous use of autotune, double-tracked vocals, and layers of synthesizers. His 2007 debut, Love/Hate, spawned the hit ballads “Shawty is a 10,” “I Luv Your Girl,” and “Falsetto,” but it also featured plenty of high-energy dance floor packers. In 2008 Nash and Stewart scored their second number-one production feature with Beyonce’s ubiquitous “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It). The 2008 follow-up to Love/Hate, Love Vs. Money, showed the increase in Dream’s cache by the strength of its guests (Mariah, Kanye West), but the album stayed in the same arena of high-concept club music as its predecessor. “Rockin that Sh*t” and the midtempo “Take You Home 2 My Mama” were highlights from that record.

In early 2010 The-Dream leaked the title track off his third album, Love King, which he claimed would be his last. He also produced the second T.I. song to be released since the rapper’s release from jail, “Love Again.”  ~Wilson McBee


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