The terms “The-Dream” and “new free, summer project” hold weight. Nearly three years following the release of Terius’ 1977, the LP continues to earn spins. Happily married and with the announcement of his new business endeavor, Contra Paris, under his belt, the man responsible for more hit records the past half decade than one can bother listing is back with new music.
The-Dream took to his Instagram page revealing a new eight-track EP entitled Royalty: The Prequel would be dropping today, July 7, at 7 p.m. The tracklist is below.
3. Pimp C Lives
5. Wedding Bells
6. Lake Michigan
As for what to expect from his new Contra Paris brainchild, in his own words, referring to it in the context of what a modern-day record label embodies is incorrect.
“Welcome to the Designer and Culture Label….. CONTRA-PARIS… Thank you to all who have made this possible. Before I have mentioned my adoration for Paris and also how our culture has impacted everything from Fashion to Jazz and now Modern Music. I have no wishes to build a Record Label, or pursue the old idea of what a record label is this Venture is all about Culture and everything that surrounds Music. Me and my Partner Tricky Stewart will do our best at showing you the world through the eyes Of the Young Black Dreamers. Love and Sophistication are two ideal parts of wanting to live “Fancy”. I feel if we can show it to you as it has been a blessing for us to have seen it with our eyes and heard it with our ears then we all may want for More of what life has to offer. We want to change how you feel about Life through music and Culture and also change what we see in Each other! Love.”
How true the business endeavor remains to its mission statement is better left playing out its course than opting for the speculation route at the moment. That said, reverting back to the original statement, if Royalty’s replay value mimics that of its predecessor in 1977, Contra Paris’ consumer confidence will have hit the ground running.
Download — The-Dream – ‘Royalty: The Prequel’ EP