It is probably odd, at first, to understand that someone else can be artistically indebted to R. Kelly. R. What? The man who wrote "Feelin' on Yo Booty" and "Sex in the Kitchen"? That R. Kelly? I know, R. Kelly is more frequently viewed as the Court Jester of Pop than the Pied-Piper of R&B, but ….
The difference between an album and a collection of songs is subtle, but very important to the listener’s experience. Broadly generalizing, most pop albums will seem more like a collection of songs, but usually, the best ones actually make sense as an album, either through concept or sound. Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak certainly had a particular concept and sound around it, and while some people hated the Autotune, no one could deny that it was his most focused album yet.
The material obsession that courses throughout the sophomore disc by this megasuccessful songwriter-turned-singer comes as no surprise, considering the title. But as the Black Eyed Peas once wondered, Where is the love? ”If you got a booty, shorty, show me your thong,” The-Dream demands on the final track on Love Vs. Money, as if paying tribute to Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island guys.
The world of R&B was aching for some good music. Not only has the genre been mired with half-baked ideas and overrated albums but the quality has been sub-par for quite some time now. Through it all, there has been a winning team defying the odds with countless hits of great music. Enter The-Dream, Terius Youngdell Nash, and super-producer, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart.