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Terius Nash: 1977

The-Dream

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Album Review

In September 2011, 1977 was issued under the-Dream's birth name, Terius Nash, and provided as a free download. Nash dubbed it an "Internet album." A year later, after two of Nash's singles as the-Dream — "Roc" and "Dope Chick" — left little impact, and after their parent album remained incomplete, Def Jam gave 1977 an official release. Despite being spiffed up with new artwork and a co-credit to Nash and the-Dream, it should not be considered the fourth album by the-Dream. At its best, it retraces steps but does so with some stellar songwriting. Pharrell and Big Sean guest verses and a Jay-Z sample aside, the album was written and produced entirely by Nash, who switches between licking his wounds and puffing his chest. "Long Gone" and "Wedding Crasher" are relatable and colorful with Nash tapping into the vulnerability conveyed in "Abyss" and "February Love." Compared to Nash's previous albums and his tremendous success as a songwriter and producer, 1977 is an occasionally fascinating part of his story. On a personal level, it sounds like he needed to get it out of his system. The original free-download version of the album contains a cover of Deniece Williams' immortal 1981 ballad "Silly" fronted by newcomer Casha, whose level is closer to that of Ashanti. The Def Jam version swaps it out for "AK47" and "Tender Tendencies" — a closing combo solid enough to prevent the album from "diehards only" status.

Customer Reviews

Nice Try Def Jam

This album has some good songs on it, but The Dream released it about a year ago for free. Wheres the "real" new album?

Old Material

This mixtape is old!! Only thing new is the album cover. C'mon!!!

Still will support The-Dream

I loved the mixtape this was free! I still think it is worth buying plus 2 new songs are added. I will support him on this.

Biography

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...
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