After no album last year, The-Dream is busier than ever in 2015. He just released his Crown EP, and he has a follow up EP, Jewel, planned for this summer. He’s also been collaborating, in a few different ways, with Jay Z.


In an interview with XXL, The-Dream announced that he and longtime collaborator Tricky Stewart are, with help from Hov, launching an “art label” called Contra Paris. The label isn’t limited to music; its focus is “art overall, period.” His plan is to bring the scene back to the 80s, when the art and music worlds were more closely intertwined: “We’ve got these young guys who can be Basquiat with great gifts and I want to couple my music with them and make sure that their shit is being seen because I think that’s what was so great in the 80s.”

Wonder if we’ll be seeing any music from Jay Z and The-Dream any time soon – surely they can’t limit their collaborating to just ‘art overall’? Besides music is right?

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