Stream The-Dream’s New Album, IV Play

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May 21 2013 11:46 AM

Stream The-Dream’s New Album, IV Play

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The-Dream

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When he’s not busy writing female-empowered anthems for Beyoncé—as well as hits for Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Britney Spears—the producer and songwriter The-Dream occasionally writes tunes for himself, usually about sex, love, and also sex. His newest album, IV Play, as you can probably guess from the title, is very much in keeping with his body of work thus far.

Featuring collaborations with the likes of 2-Chainz and Jay-Z, the album once again has The-Dream crooning raunchy lyrics over catchy beats. “Equestrian” elaborates on Ginuwine’s classic horse-riding-as-sex metaphor; you can probably guess the subject matter of the subtly titled “Pussy.” Mrs. Carter herself even shows up to assist with vocals on the mid-tempo “Turnt,” returning the favor after years of singing The-Dream’s songs with great success. Still, for fans, it’s obviously a must-listen. You can stream the album in full below.

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.

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