Because, apparently, Terius Nash doesn’t make mixtapes. If you head over to the Radio Killa Records homepage, you’ll be greeted with the bronze-on-black tracklisting of 1977, The-Dream’s new free album, which will be released at the same location in approximately 12 1/2 hours. All track names also work as links, so if you click on the record’s opener, “Wake Me When It’s Over,” you’ll be able to stream the track, and if you click on, say, “Wedding Crasher,” you’ll be able to read the lyrics, which include the refrain (caps lock his and, I assume, totally appropriate) “BABY THIS MY DRUNK SONG/ I HATE TO HAVE TO CRASH YOUR WEDDING/ WITH THIS SHIT/ THIS MY MOTHER FUCKIN ANTHEM.”
As an album teaser, “Wake Me When It’s Over” goes in a different direction than the “Body Work”/”Fuck My Brains Out” suite that served as the first taste of The-Dream’s still forethcoming Love IV: Diary of a Madmen, splitting the difference between past tracks like “Abyss” and the more Drake-influenced R&B Sean Fennessey wrote about in these pages a few months ago. Really, he had me as soon as I saw the artwork, which consists of the Adam and Eve panel from Ghiberti’s “Gates of Paradise” overlain with the album title and a very faint clock face.