Singer-songwriter The Dream is readying the release of his sophomore album, “Love vs. Money,” on Dec. 16 via Def Jam, reports Billboard.com.
“In the beginning I was just having fun. I didn’t want people thinking too hard, I just wanted them to gravitate toward my lyrics,” says the-Dream. “But this time my vocals are different. I’ve definitely grown in my singing.”
The artist has yet to select a first single, but some of the tracks in contention are the ’60s-inspired “You Aint Sh*t”; “Fancy,” about a girl who wants to live the glamorous life; rhythmic/pop track “Right Side of My Brain”; “Make Love to Me,” which he describes as a “good ol’ baby-making record”; and “Kelly’s 12 Play,” inspired by R. Kelly’s debut album. Mariah Carey guests on “My Love.”
An encore to the heartbreak track “Nikki” from the first album will also appear on the set. The Dream says his third project will most likely include a song in the vein of “Nikki” as well, as he hopes to release a full album of the Nikki chronicles at some point.
“L.A. Reid has lots of problems on his desk; he’s definitely having a hard time choosing [a single],” says the-Dream. “It’s such a great album that he’s considering releasing two singles — one for pop and one for R&B.”
As a producer, the-Dream is slated to work in the weeks and months to come with J. Holiday (for whom he wrote hit single “Bed”), Mario, Jamie Foxx and Usher. And while details were limited, the-Dream is also hoping to try his hand at reality TV, and is currently in talks with MTV for a show in which he scouts for talent.