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Review: The-Dream's 'IV Play' (Literally) Bangs Despite Tired Formula

Terius Nash is something like a chameleon, with his songwriting and production morphing to fit the mold of whichever artist he’s working with. It’s a skill that bleeds into his own solo projects, too. On 2007’s Love Hate, the sound reflects the times: One moment there’s slaphappy flirtation and the next serious grind times. Six years later, The-Dream still leans on that formula with his fifth studio album IV Play (out May 28), mainly because it works. Throwing caution to the wind, The-Dream crafts sexually charged soliloquies that could either excite or offend you (more on that later).

IV Play opens with “High Art,” a woozy Auto-Tuned cut that sounds like the lovechild of Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” and Jeremih’s “Down On Me.” Jay-Z hops in his DeLorean to rhyme like he’s not married to Queen Beysus, urging his girl that he’s only going out with the fellas despite her suspecting otherwise. Meanwhile The-Dream is blowing lines about getting high with his boys following coital escapades. It’s a strong opener especially given the cameo, but the high points don’t stop there—despite being laden with profanities and borderline nymphomania. Big Sean and Pusha T play the giggling homeboys to the perverted Mr. Nash on “Pussy,” on which Terius proves a master multitasker—“I got my left hand on that booty/Got my right hand on that pussy,” he croons over crashing thunderclaps. You’ve got to love the subtlety.

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The sexual metaphors eventually get tiring, evidenced by “Equestrian,” on which The-Dream likens sex to riding a horse or the title track where even when attempting romance, Terius still has to squeeze in the freak. Even while singing in the late Michael Jackson’s cadence on “Michael,” The-Dream drops F-bombs (something the King of Pop would never do on wax). He strays from the suggestiveness in rare (but beautiful) moments on the album. “Where Have You Been” gets a powerful cameo from Kelly Rowland, who tames The-Dream into lines about setting his love apart from the rest of the pack. The now-obligatory ratchet record comes on "Turnt," with a few phoned-in lines from Beyonce (was Ciara busy or something?) that merely simmers in comparison to their scrapped ganga ode, "Fire" (held for sample clearance reasons). On “Self-Conscious,” The-Dream tells his girl she doesn’t need to be bashful; he loves her just the way she is. It’s a pleasant break from the back-breaking that dominates the body of the work.

With an album title like IV Play, you know what you’re in for (although it sounds like Dream doesn’t believe in actual foreplay). While the lyrics at times eclipse his actual vocals, it’s still an entertaining ride. The songs are dripping in sex and go against any radio-friendly formula, but that’s The-Dream’s whole shtick. He doesn’t have to give you singles; he can write those for other people. He just came to bang. —Kathy Iandoli

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“My little sister was bullied in school and I wanted to show her that if I was bullied by the world you can [get through it],” she said in a video from a panel discussion that was published by the Daily Mail. “I understood for the first time what it’s like being a black woman in  society, and how we can be so disrespected and nobody can really understand to that extent until you have to live it.”

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Diddy Opens Up About Kim Porter In Emotional Interview

Diddy is opening up about the day his “life turned upside down.” In the May 2019 issue of Essence magazine, the 49-year-old mogul speaks about hopping into “mommy mode” after the shocking death of model/actress Kim Porter, who was his ex-girlfriend and the mother of four of his children.

“She was unforgettable,” Diddy told writer and producer Dream Hampton. “That day turned my world upside down. Three days before she passed, she wasn’t feeling well. She had the flu, and she sent the kids over to my house so they wouldn’t get sick. One night I was checking on her, and she was like, ‘Puffy, take care of my babies.’ She actually said that to me before she died.”

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DJ Paul Sues Travis Scott For Copyright Infringement

DJ Paul has filed a multi-million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against Travis Scott for allegedly stealing his music.

According to TMZ, the Three 6 Mafia member accuses Scott of snatching a portion of the hook from his 1997 track “Tear Da Club Up,” for “No Bystanders” off the 27-year-old rapper’s Astroworld album.

Paul claims that the hooks to both songs are “virtually identical and strikingly similar,” reports The Blast. The lawsuit also notes that the songs sound so much alike that Scott changed his lyrics from to “f**k da club up,” “tear the club up” during his Grammys performance in February, without Paul's permission.

The Memphis native is asking for at least $20 million in damages. However, TMZ reported that Scott reached out to Paul sometime Tuesday (April 23) to potentially work out the legal matter.

The “Sicko Mode” rapper has faced multiple lawsuits over the last two years, including being sued for canceling a music festival performance. Last week, Scott lost a nearly $400,000 lawsuit after being sued for pulling out of a party during Super Bowl weekend. In 2017, La Flame was hit with a lawsuit brought on by a fan who was paralyzed after sustaining injuries during one of his concerts.

 

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