The-Dream speaks on penning hits for Rihanna, their tonal similarities, and what it takes to get a Terius Nash writing credit.
One of Dream’s bigger clients is Rihanna, for whom he has written and produced a handful of hits, including one of her biggest tracks, “Umbrella”. Terius spoke to V Magazine about his songwriting approach, describing Rihanna as the singer who has done his songs the most justice, due to their vocal similarities (though it should be said that Rihanna has a tendency to mirror her songwriter’s reference tracks, as evidenced by her strange pronunciation on “Diamonds” which is a direct lift from the Australian songwriter’s take). The IV Play singer also talks about how much he charges for a song (outside of royalties), the absence of songwriting partner Tricky Stewart on his new album, and the influence of “Umbrella” on his own work.
Read excerpts from the interview below.