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Released at the tail end of 2007, Lovehate capped a year in which The-Dream was responsible for the biggest song in the world, Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” Written in twelve minutes flat, “Umbrella” came out of nowhere to become a colossal success, and when Def Jam requested to rush-release a solo debut, The-Dream was up to the challenge. In keeping with his efficient working streak, he delivered Lovehate in just nine days, thus avoiding the "too much time to gestate in the studio to overwork and overproduce" disease, delivering instead songs like “I Luv Your Girl,” “Fast Car,” and “Luv Songs” that float on air. As was the case for The-Dream's primary influence — Prince — being in the studio seems to be as much fun as it is work. “Shawty Is the Sh*!,” “Purple Kisses,” and the R. Kelly-esque “Falsetto” are all about imaginative production and clever song design — they manage to sound futuristic and retro at the same time. In an era where hype is instantaneous and trends change in the time it takes to load a webpage, Lovehate is still a few steps ahead.

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A legend in the making!

Aside from his very grown up lyrics, his vocal ability is simply amazing. His range is out of this world. He seems to be the Prince of our generation, b/c his music pushes the envelope. If you cringe at straight forward yrics, I suggest the clean version.


Raised in the A-Town, Def Jam's newest rising R&B star The Dream who has done songwriting for J. Holiday's "Bed", Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Mary J. Blige's "Just Fine". The Dream delivers his own debut, Love Me All Summer, Hate Me All Winter. Shawty Is A Ten: Piano production that has a bounce similar to R. Kelly's "I'm A Flirt Remix". Fabolous drops a nice guest appearance, as The Dream combines a club "Aye" with croons that are sweet and light hearted. It's a nice blend that works well. 4/5 I Luv Your Girl: Bass heavy, light keys blend smoothly as The Dream's hook is a little nasally. When he sings, it isn't truly nice crooning, more of spurts that has an irritating "aaaayyyaah" every once in a while. The track is nice, but it doesn't flow, as his singing comes in and out that bring the track down. 3/5 Fast Car: This is more of Dream's style as this fast paced feel good vibe rides out nicely. Club ready and all about a good time, Dream's soft croons, catchy hooks work well. Strong track here that is more of his style. 3.5/5 Nikki: "Uh uh uh uh aye aye aye" repeat in the production, as the beat isn't that good. The hook is weak but the lyrics aren't bad. The track just doesn't grab your attention that well, it was decent but gets a bit tiresome. 3/5 She Needs My Love: Starts out a little slow with minimal production then builds at the hook with synths and nice hook. The track works because of the unique sounds in production and Dream simply sings lightly over. Strong hook that makes the track. 3.5/5 Falsetto: Tricky Stewart's midtempo has some decent production, but it showcases Dream's talent. Here his high pitched falseto goes into action at the hook "ohhhh ohhhh ohhh baby!" Smooth guitars ride nicely, the track is a solid single. 4/5 Playin In Her Hair: Filled with the same club "Aye" from "Shawty Is A Ten" and filled with Dream's "Eh" from Rihanna's "Umbrella" as well as J. Holiday's "Bed". Another keyboard vibing production, as the hook was average. Relaxing track that was decent. 3/5 Purple Kisses: A slow midtempo that is a sensual sexy track. Soft and smooth hook, the track is extremely sexual. A Prince styled track that is nice. 3.5/5 Ditch That: With a club beat, synth bounces and unique sounds created by Tricky Stewart. I have to say I wasn't feelin this track, he doesn't sing particularly well and it just isn't a great club track. Weak track here. 2.5/5 Luv Songs: Synthetic production that blends smoothly, as Dream's singing works here and sounds good. The hook isn't bad and the track is one of the highlights. 3.5/5 Livin A Lie: Radio friendly cut that could blow up, as this collab between Dream and Rihanna is beautifully done. Rihanna shines, Dream plays buckup role here. Once again "eh eh eh eh" appear here. Nice duet that builds and works well, uptempo and feel good. 4/5 Mama: Production was nice with calm piano keys and strings, but the song is completely ruined, due to the electronic affects added to his voice. HE DOESN'T NEED IT! It sounds totally no heartfelt and mechanical that the track doesn't make the connection its supposed to. Track has the potential but the whole electronic voice fad that is going around R&B singers, ruined the track. 2/5 Well Def Jam's newest R&B star delivers a mediocre, slightly weak album. Don't get me wrong, there are some tracks here that are nice and some that aren't bad, but as a whole, it just isn't as satisfying as it should be. Lead single, "Shawty Is A Ten" is a catchy club cut that has R. Kelly's "I'm A Flirt Remix" type of bounce. Fabolous drops a solid appearance and Dream's catchy "Ten, Aye, Ten, Aye, Ten, Aye" works well. "I Luv Your Girl" is filled with bump, as the keyboards guide Dream to a decent track that is brought down by inconsistent flow to the track. Highlights other than the lead single are "Falsetto" that showcases Dream's singing and high pitch falsetto that is in tune, as "Fast Car" is some good old fun with fas paced club vibe is backed by solid Dream vocals. "Livin A Lie" has a lot of radio potential, as "Luv Songs" synthetic sound and smooth vocals are nice, and seductive sexy "Purple Kisses" is one for the bedroom. "She Needs My Love" get by off strong production, "Playin In Her Hair", "Nikki" were all decent cuts. "Ditch That" & "Mama" are the skippers, one being a forced club track and the other overfilled with electronic techniques. As Dream described his album, "80's, very Prince, sensual, sexy stuff" comes true as nearly every track is towards the women. The album was a decent debut, but could have been better, supposedly the album was written and recorded in only nine days, maybe next time they will spend a little longer with a more polished and stronger product. Rating 7 out of 10

What to expect???

If the The-Dream keeps it up, he be going platinum in a couple yrs...GREAT album....keep up......sugar honey iced tea


Born: September 21, 1977 in Rockingham, NC

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

R&B singer/songwriter and producer Terius Youngdell Nash, better known as the-Dream, was born in Rockingham, North Carolina, but moved to Atlanta, Georgia, with his mother at the age of three. He first learned to play trumpet in elementary school, later picking up the drums and guitar. Nash's singing career got off to a slow start once he graduated from high school, but he found success in selling song lyrics after he met R&B producer Laney Stewart in 2001. Stewart helped Nash land his first publishing...
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