Along with dropping his new video for “The ROC’ and announcing an upcoming tour this morning, The-Dream sat down for an interview with the folks at Complex. And in addition to speaking on his past relationships — specifically the one with Christina Milian — and his songwriting projects with acts like Pusha T and Casha, the man known as Terius Nash revealed what we’ll be hearing next from his new album, The Love IV:
Any other singles from IV that you’re particularly excited about?
“‘Tendencies’ is great. I have too many records, probably over 2000 records that are just songs sitting there. I don’t have time to wait for the album cycle or what the number is. Now that I can stop worrying about the cycle, I can stop worrying about what I put in the market.
It’s just about the demand and being able to take up that space. You’re not going to out-write me, if we can have a writing contest on who can put shit out. It’s not going to happen.”
He was also asked what he thought about two relative R&B newcomers, the Weeknd and Frank Ocean, and if he thinks they’re recording music similar to his.
Some people hear a lot of The-Dream in The Weeknd. The Weeknd is kinda like you on drugs—literally. I wanted to know your take on The Weeknd specifically.
“I think he’s an incredible melodically driven artist. People often say to me that he sounds a lot like what I do, and I’m sure that the influence is there. But he’s not me, nor is he trying to be me. He has his own culture of those guys that like that music. He’s an artist first. I’m a songwriter first.
My gears that I have to go through… One minute in my mind to be Beyoncé and one minute to be Rihanna and one second to do a hook for Kanye and then have to write records for myself. I’m so many people, I’m never just one person. So I don’t have to reinvent because artists around me reinvent for me.
The records that I’m going to do two years from now for myself are going to be dictated by what Rihanna does in two years or what somebody we’ve never heard of does. So that’s the difference between me and anybody else that’s in that place—because there hasn’t been a cultural writer that’s an artist also, really, since R. Kelly.”
What do you think of Frank Ocean? Would you say he’s a writer or an artist first?
“I would say an artist first. Whenever you’re signed as an artist, you’re pretty much an artist first. I think he signed to Tricky [Stewart], actually. I definitely don’t hear any of my stuff in what he does. I can’t personally hear it. He has a great cult following also.
I think he and The Weeknd have this niche, which is what artists need to find out and go directly to the people they’re talking to. Only those guys know who they’re talking to. That’s what you need at the end of the day.”
You can read the whole piece at Complex.