EP of the Week: The-Dream – 'Crown'
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:19:44
Reuniting with Tricky Stewart... R&B never felt so good.
The-Dream notches EP of The Week with Crown [Contra Paris/Capitol Music Group]. The first-half of his new album Crown/Jewel--with Jewel dropping this summer—is six songs of hypersexual, hypnotic R&B that recognizes where his storied collaboration with producing partner Tricky Stewart began, while simultaneously forging into new territory. The producer has been behind some of the biggest smashes from the likes of Rihanna, Kanye West, Beyoncé, and many others. He's got formidable solo albums like LoveHate, Love vs Money, and Love King under his belt. However, Crown sees him top himself and his own storied catalog once more.
The Atlanta trailblazer builds a banger with the T.I.-assisted "That's My S***." Featuring some of Tip's most flavorful and fresh bars on a guest spot, The-Dream eases into the sweetly smooth production with an inimitable style and soul, instantly captivating and welcoming listeners into his royal court. "Prime" tempers forward-thinking futurism with a dose of old school, seasoned panache and punch, especially on that ethereal vocal delivery. "All I Need" gets heartfelt at just the right moment in the middle of the EP before "Cedes Benz" ushers in a club-ready waltz that you can't help but move to.
The-Dream's work behind-the-board as a trend-setter and that chemistry with Tricky definitely augment the ride in the most wonderful way. At the same time, Crown feels like The-Dream drawing the spotlight right to him as a powerful voice in his own right with all of the trappings of a superstar himself.
Crown just begins the journey though. Once the world gets the whole thing, it's clear that he'll have one of the year's most important R&B milestones on his hands. Put on Crown for some truly royal and regal gems.
Pick up 'Crown' EP at iTunes.