The-Dream's latest project Crown is available now. The six-track release is part one of a two-part EP series that, when combined, will form an album representing both sides of the legendary singer-songwriter's abilities. Crown recalls the excellence of his first three albums; it's a return to form after IV Play. Jewel finds The-Dream performing songs that, according to him, he would've previously given to other artists. They're songs that scan more readily as pop, but performed with The-Dream and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart's signature sound.
But where's the line between pop and R&B? The genres can feel increasingly blurred, as pop vocals pretty much owe everything to R&B (not to mention other hallmarks of the genre). Complex asked The-Dream to explain what makes something R&B, and to discuss the genre's significance and the part it's played in black music.
For diehard fans, he also dished on what happened to a beloved loosie, "Body Work/Fuck My Brains Out," and a potential collaboration with iTunes that will get all his demos to the world.