Terius “The-Dream” Nash recently sat down with Genius to discuss the R&B singer-songwriter’s career and the many collaborations he’s had throughout the years. One Genius user asked The-Dream why he hadn’t joined forces with Drake again, ever since contributing to “Shut It Down” on the rapper’s debut album Thank Me Later.
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Terius started off pragmatic: “Shout out to Drake and what he’s done with his career,” before describing how the collaboration went down, full of phone calls from Drake’s team while The-Dream was still on tour. Still, The-Dream promised to come through and he did.
But unfortunately, when it came time for The-Dream’s album and he was looking for a feature from the young Canadian rapper, his request was ignored.
“I’m only going to ask you once, especially if I’ve already done something for you.” Seems fair enough. Nash said his request made its way through Drake’s people and then to him. When he got no response, well, that was that.
It seems very unlikely that the pair will work together again in the future, as The-Dream said, “That’s the end of the Drake and Dream era of a record.” But still, “Shut It Down” remains a small gem of a record from the early Drake days.
Inevitably during the course of the interview, the topic of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” also came up. The 2008 hit song is on a distinct list of pop classics that The-Dream has co-written, including Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” According to the video below, Nash wrote the Beyoncé song in 17 minutes.
If you’re interested in taking a deeper dive into The-Dream’s writing process and hearing stories about his illustrious career, the entire interview with, as Genius calls him, “The Greatest Songwriter of our Generation,” can be seen below.