this is my favorite song right now.
“tellin all her friends that Dream go hard, you aint heard the album? she like, oh my god!”
I told my girl Milan that I would review the new CD, but I’d also like to speak on The-Dream in general. I am a fan of his music. He is not the best singer–like not AT ALL. But he is a good producer and definitely knows how to make hits. In addition to his own music, he has produced some of my faves from Electrik Red, Rihanna, etc. and you can pretty much know that any remix that the Radio Killa makes or is featured on is gonna be a banger. Hence this “Love King” joint. The original I do like, but it pales in comparison to the “muthaeffin remix” and with Luda on it…again Luda is one of fave remix kings after Jeezy and Fabolous; all of which The-Dream has made songs with. That Throw it in the bag remix still goes hard, which samples one of my favorite songs below…
The-Dream is heavily and most obviously influenced by Prince and R. Kelly. His first CD is where his Prince influence shined thru, and Kelly on the second to me; you definitely get the vibe of both on this third project. While all of his albums so far have the word LOVE in their title, make no mistake, majority of his stuff is simp music. Then cocky/flossy, with the rest is bitter man music. But it works.
Here are others that I just love (I must admit I’m partial to the first CD):
I Luv Your Girl: My absolute favorite, super cocky and bold.
Falsetto: I remember when this one came out, I would play it over and over. I don’t know why but this my shit!
Fancy: my second fave, simp music.
Shawty is da Shit: my reason for liking this is kinda self explanatory. “you should tip me” is something I have been saying to myself when I cook a good meal, just for the hell of it now because of this song.
Nikki: bitter man music right here.
Put it Down: I mean the title says it all. “and when they ask bout me, say he put it down, put it down put it down…is he any good from the back?” LOL “can I sing like Usher no, but I can make you sing like Mariah”
Fast Car: I mean, can the influence of “Little Red Corvette” be any more obvious?! This is a catchy little ditty that I can’t help but love. I dig the car metaphor…
In addition to the song featured above for this post, others on the latest album that I enjoy the most are Florida University (Eff You–again bitter man music), F.I.L.A. (Fall In Love Again), Turnt Up (this one you can def hear the Prince influence), Sex Intelligent–some of his cockiest lyrics yet, and Make Up Bag–now that I know its not about the case you put makeup in! #dontjudgeme.
Some of his most crass, disturbing, and confusing lyrics come from songs like Panties to the Side, Abyss, and Take Care of Me–kinda deep, but possessive much? The last two give me “craaaazy deraaanged” vibes.
He definitely uses “bitch” very often, and not necessarily in an empowering way. If you are offended by that, then this CD isn’t for you. All in all, its a decent CD. Love King played solo, or in conjuction with some of The-Dream’s other projects makes for good beats, interesting lyrics, and catchy hooks.
The-Dream is definitely someone with a flair for the dramatic and tends to do “the most” with many of these lyrics, but what I like about him is that his arrogance is so in your face its amusing. He also isn’t afraid to simp, and I mean who doesn’t love a trick?! LMAO. From my understanding all of the CDs relate, so playing them together works. Like I said, I’m a fan. The-Dream definitely entertains if nothing else!
I like Love/Hate the best, but this one has the slight edge on Love vs. Money to me. I’ve been told that its as good as the first one. Not sure if I agree with that yet. What do you think–have you heard Love King? do you like, dislike?