The-Dream suffers from a severe case of word vomit, and he’s been sick with it for years. It’s kind of what I like about him though — sure, he says a lot of stupid shit, but I’ll take a moronic loose cannon (see: Rihanna) over a media-trained Britbot (Sowwy B) any day of the week.
The-Dream’s latest blunder comes with some comments he made about to The Guardian about Beyonce‘s chart-flop 4 (an album which Dream prominently contributed to) and Adele‘s history-making 21. Mr. Nash has a bug up his butt about 21 becoming one of the most successful albums of all time, while 4 totally tanked, claiming that people are only buying soul music from white singers these days, and not black ones.
“It’s called rhythm and blues; they just took the blues out of it for so long,” he said. “What’s crazy is that blacks can’t do soul records any more. We love Adele singing it, but Beyoncé singing it? No, the tempo’s too slow, gimme the club hit. Now the blacks in America are responsible for the pop records, and everybody else is singing soulful records.”
Funny how people don’t have a problem with something until it involves them directly. Did he ever stop to consider that perhaps the ‘soul’ music on Beyonce’s album was crap, and that 21 was actually good? Or was it just better for his ego to blame it on race?
On one hand you have Beyonce, who lead her album with a song that was just her yelling about the same tired old subject of female empowerment over a two-year-old Major Lazer club beat that never even needed a vocal over it in the first place. On the other you’ve got Adele, whose bluesy soul single “Rolling In The Deep” is nothing short of a certified classic and one of the greatest angst anthems of all time.
Beyonce followed “Run The World” with a sexually-charged Prince knock-off “1+1″, before suddenly switching gears and releasing “Best Thing I Never Had”, which was a virtual clone of her Top Forty R&B hit “Irreplaceable”. Meanwhile, Adele followed-up with the heartbreaking “Someone Like You”, launching it with an iconic performance at the Brit Awards which was undoubtedly the No. 1 musical moment of 2011.
And The-Dream wants to act like 21 and 4 are in the same league?
Not to mention that Adele started her career as a blue-eyed soul singer, before branching out into pop, country, and blues on her sophomore album, while Beyonce was a Top Forty urban-pop star who mistakenly thought that she could reinvent herself as a credible soul songstress and still retain her old fanbase at the same time. You can’t have your cake and eat it too, Bey.
When The-Dream can write and produce a song for Bey on the level of the music from white soul divas like Adele and Amy Winehouse, and then have Bey sing it with more conviction than an X Factor contestant showing off their vocal acrobatics, then he can complain. Until then, he can take a damn seat.