The-Dream on “Kill the Lights” Tour, his Beef with The Weeknd and Blog Journalism

Hit-maker Terius “The Dream” Nash’s “Kill the Lights” U.S Tour is in the midst of wrapping up. The singer/producer has three albums and has written a slew of hits for the likes of Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Usher. But despite his monumental success, the Kill the Lights Tour takes on a more intimate feel, with smaller venues and fewer dates. As the tour is funded with the singer’s own money, he told The Boombox, “I’m blessed to be able to come out here, be on the road and lose money…to come out here and perform for people who love my music.”

The Dream also attributes the lack of tour publicity due to a newer form of media—blogs, stating, “The new school of journalism is about blogs, right?”As soon as the new guy gets on, then they make him look stupid too. There’s no unity in that case. No one’s going to show up and write, ‘This was a good show to go to.’ The journalists don’t understand how they’re affected also, because its bull— to read. Nobody wants to read it.”

During a few of last month’s shows, the triple-threat performer addressed the similarities of new artists to himself, specifically those who have come out during his hiatus. These artists are never referenced by name, but Dream suggests that many new artists have entered the business with a sound and style similar to his own. The artist in question is The Weeknd, whose soft crooning is reminiscent of The Dream’s sound. Both artists recently took to the celebrity boxing ring where all beefs take place, (Twitter), but maintained the hush on names.

“I wasn’t the first one to address that,” he declares. “Evidently the world wants to know. Somebody said, ‘There’s a lot of Dream activity going on but Dream ain’t out,’ so I decided to say, ‘Let’s see if there’s a lot of Dream activity. I’ma cast this net out, and we’re going to see if Dream activity is going on.’ And certain people felt a way so, what does that say?”

But the “Rockin That Thang” singer’s success of the past five years is reason enough to avoid beefs with other artists. He says, “I would never stand in the way of anybody else’s [success] and I know where I am. We’re not in the time of chivalry where we can say, ‘This guy, I actually really enjoy his music and this is a part of where I came from.’ [They’re] going to act like they have no idea. That would be me acting like I don’t know who R. Kelly is. C’mon man, like really?”

His point is to bring awareness to artists who don’t acknowledge those they are influenced by, but he also blames the media for reporting twisted versions of his interviews and words, saying, “When you leave out the context, sometimes it can be a light conversation and then you know, the new school journalists just write it. It’s never an explanation behind the context. They’ll just leave it out there and then I have to go and clean it up.”

The Dream is preparing for his upcoming album called Love IV. The last leg of the Kill the Lights tour wraps up on these dates:

April 12 – Ft. Lauderdale FL at the Revolution
April 13 – Orlando, FL at The Beacham
April 14 – Tallahassee, FL at The Coliseum.