The-Dream was a mastermind in the studio in the 2000s and a writer who has written countless hits. He has written records for Mariah Carey, Rihanna, and Beyoncé. He has also penned and produced some memorable tracks for himself. With his signature “eh” adlib, it wasn’t hard to figure out his lyrics across the industry. So let’s take at one of the greatest writers in the last couple of decades, The-Dream.
When thinking about the hip-hop album of the year no other album comes to mind other than Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD. It gave fans an experience that goes beyond music. The album serves as an ode to Houston culture. It’s a seamless collection of experiences that take you on a roller coaster ride. With the release of the album, Travis showed the promise we saw in him since the release of Rodeo.
Thinking back, 2005 was a good pretty good year for me. During that year I spent a lot of time listening to music and expressing myself in more artistic ways. One of those ways was writing. Inspired by a high school teacher to dig deep and release my thoughts into a notebook since it was more difficult to open up and share vocally. During those days before writing in a journal/diary entry, most people wrote some unique subheadings. These subheadings often contained songs, weather, mood, etc. after the name of the entry. In flipping through some old notes and entries, I decided to share some of them from that year. This will be a different kind of deep dive into the music that I love. Here’s a look at some of the hot tracks that I loved from 2005.
With Ella Mai gaining so much attention, more international R&B artists are starting to rise here in the states. One particular artist by the name of Nao is beginning to take advantage of the opportunity. Her album Saturn seems to take after SZA’s CTRL by highlighting the secondary coming-of-age that occurs in your late 20s. This alone gives the album an appeal to what most listeners love. Nao is going to do well here as an artist and I’m going to tell you why.