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First Listen: The-Dream’s “Love vs. Money”

 Atlanta R&B singer-producer The-Dream can’t seem to craft a song without inserting a “Hey!”, “Eh-eh” or “Radio killa” in it.

 And the amazing thing is, as redundant as that is, as redundant as he is — topicwise, boring he absolutely is not.

 That was evident two years ago when he and fellow Atlantan Christopher “Tricky” Stewart made Rihanna’s inescapable No. 1 hit “Umbrella.” Then Terius “The-Dream” Nash stepped from behind the production board and released his gold-selling 2007 solo debut “Love Hate.”

 Now he’s back with a whole album basically about wooing women and what he wants to do with them— spilling over with those “Heys” and “Eh-ehs” — that, still, may be the best R&B disc to come out this year.

 That may be because “Love vs. Money” is reminiscent of one of the best (and similarly sex-minded) R&B discs of 1993, R. Kelly’s “12 Play.” (And he almost acknowledges as much on track No. 13, “Kelly’s 12 Play.”)

 Again, the whole disc is one or two cohesive thoughts sung over 14 songs distinguished by a typically-fun appearance from rapper Kanye West (“Walkin’ On The Moon”); a more winning contribution from singer Mariah Carey than much on her last album (“My Love”); and the kind of slinky, synth-heavy production range (“Fancy”), humor (“Put It Down”) and way with a hook, that — “Hey!” The-Dream just may have enough ammunition here to make him a “Radio killa” throughout 2009.  

Planning to get it tomorrow? What did you think of his debut, “Love Hate”? 

8 comments Add your comment

Deandre

March 10th, 2009
2:29 pm

the-dream is the hottest artist out right now. love/hate was an absolute monster and now he’s back to do it again. i love all the songs on love vs. money and i know you will too. he just has that feel and his ideas are absolutely crazy. go get it!

Mark

March 12th, 2009
12:17 pm

Pure black garbage.

Gary

March 13th, 2009
3:08 pm

^ lol, on your own. You realize you racists are the minorities of the minorities in this country now right? Nobody even cares anymore.

Tyree

March 14th, 2009
9:45 am

Mark, if this music offends your mindset or therefore lack of intellect why comment? In the future, please keep your racist thoughts to yourself. If you’re unable to do so however, I hope the letters F.O. have some meaning to you. Have a nice weekend.

gabe

March 17th, 2009
12:33 am

hater look at your name “mark” like the west-side.

Mark

March 20th, 2009
12:36 pm

Gary, Did you make that up all by yourself? Show some proof of your statement. Remember, your president is more white thn black.

Tyree, It’s not music. That’s why I post. Mind your own business, you ignorant mud.

Tyree

March 24th, 2009
3:33 pm

Mark, you actually amuse me, as far as bigots go. You bring the same tired racial dribble to the forum time and time again. Why? Are you that unhappy, sad, or do you crave attention that much? Your complete lack of moral character makes you a sad pathetic creature. You’re a moron. It’s your legacy. Deal with it. Have a wonderful week.

summerhill ga

March 30th, 2009
4:33 am

to “The Dream”..”it’s all good” and keeping “doing you”