To tide fans over before the release of his next proper solo album, R&B producer/singer The-Dream dropped a new "internet" album, "1977," as a free download early Wednesday (Aug. 31).
Released under his birth name, Terius Nash, "1977" follows last year's critically acclaimed "Love King" and was preceded by its opening track, "Wake Me When It's Over," which was released on Tuesday. Other "1977" include "Rolex," "Long Gone" and "Wedding Crasher," while Big Sean and Pharrell Williams are among the guest stars.
Earlier this month, Nash announced on his Twitter that "The Love, IV (Diary of a Mad Man)," originally planned for a Sept. 20 release on Def Jam, had been delayed due of "contract negotiations." "NO ONE AT DEF JAM IS HAPPY ABOUT A FREE ALBUM LOL.... they are trying to stop it!" Nash tweeted after announcing the release of "1977."
Before the mixtape release, Nash posted on Twitter, "chances 'DefJam' puts a Cease and Desist on 1977 unfortunately Very High. but i think yall will have it before lawyers make me take it down." Until then, "1977" is available to download at The-Dream's website, where he's also posted the lyrics to each song.