Behind every superstar is an awesome songwriter/producer backing them up. Terius Nash also known as The-Dream is one of those people. One of the most sought-after writers and producer of today; he has helped create some of the most popular and memorable pop songs of the recent decade. Tracks like Rihanna’s Umbrella, Mariah Carey’s Touch my Body, and even Beyonce’s Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) are among a long list of hit tracks he’s helped write and produce.
When he’s not working with superstars, he’s busy spinning his own tracks and this time, he’s treating his fans to another free album; 1977. It’s an 11 -track record that features Nash’s smooth vocals, lovely melodies and impressively honest lyrics. Fans and new listeners are certainly in for a treat.
Originally from California, Nash began his foray into music as a part of music group, Guess Who. Although the group never became successful, he kept on writing songs and creating hooks for fellow rappers and singers. By 2003, he got his first publishing deal by penning B2K’s single, Everything. After this initial success, everything started looking up for the songwriter. He went on to produce and create the Britney/Madonna collab, Me Against the Music. This gained notoriety but it wasn’t until his work on Rihanna’s Umbrella that cemented his status as an A-list producer/songwriter.
While penning tunes for great pop stars, he also pursued his dream of creating music for himself. His first full record, Love Me All Summer, Hate Me All Winter was released back in 2007. This time around, he’s back with his latest record on tow. Like his previous releases, Nash brings his A-game to the table by mixing super catchy beats and great hooks to all the tracks in 1977.
The record resonates with a pop sensibility that Nash is well known for. Tracks like Long Gone and Used to Be, both feature his high-pitched smooth vocals. There’s the occasional auto-tune, sure, but it doesn’t deter listeners from admiring his vocals work. Some of the more upbeat tracks include the Yelawolf imitation track, This Shit Real Ni**a ft. Pharrell; Rolex ft. Casha and Ghetto ft. Big Sean. My favorite from the record though is the slow track, Silly ft. Casha. The song is a lovely throwback to popular girly love songs. As much as I dislike lovey dovey songs like this, I just love everything about this track. From the production values, vocals to the simple lyrics; Nash definitely knows how to put together the best of pop songs.
Whether you’re a fan of the guy or not, there’s no denying about his talent. He’s got plenty of tricks up his sleeve and one of the few artists out there still looking to push the envelope when it comes to creating pop/RnB tracks. Give the album a listen. It’s available as a free download on RadioKillaRecords.