Love is in the air for singer/songwriter The-Dream. Days after announcing his marriage to his fans on Instagram, the Grammy award winning R&B hit-maker whose real name is Terius Nash, attempts to rekindle his old flame by offering up a invigorating EP, Royalty: The Prequel, the crooner’s first ever release on his newly formed independent label Contra Paris, which is a joint venture between him and his old compadre, Tricky Stewart. Prior to the official release of the project (on July 6th), he presented an in-depth explanation of the imprint – detailing his newfound love for fusing fashion and music together – and embodying it as a whole, as a mere representation of his visionary work to come.
He went on to say:
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.
Riding solo on the short set, you can hear Mr. Nash get in tune with his southern roots by resurrecting old rap legends such as UGK and Outkast on the bass thumping “Pimp C Lives,” and whip swinging “Outkast.” Listen to what The-Dream and Tricky cooked up courtesy of OnSmash.