Underrated Audio: June 4-10
With the hectic-ness that was HOT 97's Summer Jam UA was missing from the site last week. Nonetheless, today we return in full force looking back at tracks that were posted within the past fourteen days instead of seven, because as usual, more than a few dope cuts have gone overlooked. From the still-slept-on song-maker The-Dream, to rising New York rapper Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, we've got both r'n'b and hip-hop covered on today's six picks.
Charts Don’t Lie: June 9
This week r'n'b singer and hit-maker extraordinaire, The-Dream, enters the charts with his latest effort, IV Play. The-Dream is an interesting artist to analyze, because while he creates hits on top of hits for tons artists in the game, his own fan-base is much smaller, yet extremely devout to the singer. The-Dream writes (and produces) tracks of all kinds for huge stars like Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Beyonce etc. It's kind of strange to think that all your favorite female singers get their content from one man.
The-Dream's First Week Sales For "IV Play"
The-Dream's new album, IV Play, finally dropped on May 28th. The album was projected to sell much less than The-Dream's previous efforts, with projections being around 18k-21k.
The-Dream Talks About Writing Kelly Rowland's Very Personal Track "Dirty Laundry"
From what we've heard of Kelly Rowland's new album Talk A Good Game, the singer is opening up much more than we've seen in the past. Specifically, on Kelly's single "Dirty Laundry" she vents about her relationship with Destiny's Child groupmate Beyonce, as well as an abusive relationship.
The-Dream Says Rihanna Does His Songwriting "Justice"
The-Dream is certainly is a successful solo artist, but his chart-presence is much more visible when you read the fine print. The Radio Killa, who you may have heard bragging about being "all on you like the credits on a CD", has a very impressive song-writing repertoire. From writing for the likes of Beyonce, Ciara, Usher, Mariah Carey, and even Justin Bieber, Terius has gained some serious cred (and some pretty serious stacks to go along with it).
First Week Sales Projections For The-Dream's "IV Play"
The-Dream's dropped quite a few tracks from his fourth album leading up to its release, and despite scoring features from both Jay-Z and Beyonce for his singles, the Radio Killa's first sales week is looking relatively low.
Kelly Rowland & The-Dream Reschedule "Lights Out" Tour
The-Dream and Kelly Rowland have been working closely together recently, contributing to each other's albums (IV Play and Talk A Good Game respectively), they even
Full Album Stream For The-Dream's "IV Play"
As The-Dream's IV Play release date fast approaches, the r'n'b singer decided to give fans a preview of the album with a full album stream via YouTube.
Top Tracks Of The Week: May 5-12
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion.
The-Dream Reveals Tracklist For "IV Play"
With The-Dream prepping to release his 4th studio album, IV Play, on May 28th, he decided to reveal the official tracklisting for the project late this evening.
Jadakiss Announces First Single Off "Top 5 Dead Or Alive"
Jadakiss said that his new solo album, Top 5 Dead Or Alive, was already 75% done awhile ago. That's not the only project the rapper has on his plate though, he's working with Styles P and Sheek Louch on the LOX album, We Are The Streets 2, which he is also hoping to release this year.
Artwork Revealed For The-Dream's Upcoming Single "High Art" Featuring Jay-Z
The-Dream's fifth studio album, IV Play, is slowly approaching us with a release date of May 28th. After giving us the first two singles in "Slow It Down" and "IV Play", The-Dream will be dropping his Jay-Z-featured single "High Art" come tomorrow.
The-Dream Confirms Upcoming Tour With Kelly Rowland [Update: Tour Dates Revealed]
The-Dream, whose album IV Play finally comes out on May 28th, is also gearing up for a tour to begin around the time of the album's release.
HNHH's Most Anticipated Summer Albums
The first few months of 2013 passed with the hip-hop game in limbo, with a severe lack of albums that sparked everyone's attention. Weezys tenth album, I Am Not A Human Being II, was mediocre compared to his previous projects, A$AP Rocky's album, despite being exceptional was leaked late last year, weeks before its release date; several artists pushed their album release dates back extinguishing the thirst for them and o
BTS Photos: Video Shoot For The-Dream's "IV Play"
The-Dream just released his newest single, "IV Play", last week and looks to be already shooting the visual. Coming in today are picture from his video shoot from L.A.
The-Dream Speaks On Joking With Jay-Z At The Grammys, "IV Play" Delay
The-Dream is gearing up for the release of his long-awaited album, IV Play, which was pushed back three weeks recently. Nonetheless, it sounds like the r'n'b star is almost ready to release it, having revealed some of the features on the album yesterday.
The-Dream Reveals Features For His Album "IV Play"
Before The-Dream premiered his new music video for "Slow It Down" on BET's 106 & Park, he talked a little about his upcoming album, IV Play, and who will be featured on the project.While chopping it up with tv-host Bow Wow, The-Dream talked about the features on his upcoming album. He explains that they all will have something in common.
The-Dream Delays "IV Play" & Releases Two Cover Arts
The-Dream announced a month ago that he was changing the title of his upcoming album from Love IV to IV Play, and along with that change he announced a release date. Although the title seems to be sticking, the release date, as is typical within the music industry, is not.
The-Dream Releases Retrospective Mix "Parental Advisory"
Leading up to the release of his long-awaited album, IV Play, The-Dream has released a mix of his top hits and favorites into an almost hour-long playlist for your listening pleasure. Parental Advisory was mixed by Mick Boogie, and released just after his SXSW performance.Check out the art for the mix and tracklist in the gallery above.
The-Dream Says Jay-Z Is 'More Gritty' After Blue Ivy's Birth
After Jay-Z's much-talked about "Swap Meet" joke at the Grammys, The-Dream predicted Hov might have to give the R&B singer some work to make up for the comment. It seems like Dream's theory was right, as him and Jay are currently working on "a little something," in the studio.