On June 15, 2010, Drake released his major-label debut, Thank Me Later, an album that houses his The-Dream-assisted record "Shut It Down." While the song's title, according to producer Omen, was aimed at club-going females, it foreshadowed the future of The-Dream's working relationship with his neighbor to the north.
In the first installment of Genius Level, a new live interview series hosted by Rob Markman, the veteran singer-songwriter and producer was asked to explain why the pair haven't worked together since "Shut It Down," and the 39-year-old didn't bite his tongue.
"When the next album came along, I asked him to get on a record. And he never got on the record," Dream said. "And so, I'm only going to ask you once. Especially, if I've already done something for you."
I'm not a once-in-a-generation songwriter like The-Dream, nor do I have a heavenly voice that has the ability to melt hearts across the globe, but over the past 15 years, I've learned to expect that people who work in the music business don't always return the favor.
By June 2010, when Drake released his debut, The-Dream, for all intents and purposes, was already a seasoned veteran in the industry. He had recorded three albums and penned multiple hit records, including Rihanna's "Umbrella." I say that to say this: Dream should have known better. Drake ignoring Dream and not returning the favor shouldn't have been the end of their working relationship, it should have merely been an "on to the next one" moment.
Ironically, over the past seven years, as Drake quickly became the biggest artist on the planet, The-Dream's once-bright star has dimmed.
If only Dream had asked twice...