Terius Nash (feat. Pharrell) - Real (Self-released, 2011)
Terius Nash and Pharrell Williams are two of my favorite people no matter what alias they go under (though Sk8brd is an atrocious moniker, P). While reinspecting Dream’s 1977 (the mixtape he released under his government name, that flew mostly under the radar thanks to Frank Weekoceand). Though the tape isn’t Dream’s best effort overall (it is his most angst-driven), there’s some serious bangers on there. “Ghetto” maybe the most obvious choice (which is why it seems that Def Jam has chosen it as the promotional single for Dream’s upcoming album), and though that is a crazy track, “Real” is undoubtedly my favorite. Between Dream buying a house on his phone while taking a dump, to Pharrell’s incredible double-time flow, all the way down to the incomprehensible “rock out” guitar solo that serves as the outro. It all delivers, and I hope to hear more from these two on Dream’s Love IV.
Also, Pharrell is rapping reguarly, and excellently again. Time to retry that rapping career, P! I need an album that delivers on the promise of the In My Mind Prequel.
For those not in the know, Terius Nash is the born-name of every critic’s favorite R&B singer pre-FrankWeeknd, The-Dream. This mixtape is the prelude to the fourth chapter in his Love series, and is presumably being released under his real name due to label negotiations. This is actually the first time Dream’s delivered on a promised mixtape, as the ones leading up to both Love Vs. Money and Love King fell through.
I haven’t listened to anything from the tape yet, so I can’t confirm nor deny if it’s different from The-Dream we all know.