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      February 25, 2019

      Monday   8:00 PM

      815 V St NW
      Washington, District of Columbia 20001

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      The-Dream


      The best plans unfold over time. More than two decades ago, GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, fine artist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur The-Dream first put the pieces into play for one of musics most influential and impactful legacies. Since then, he made one methodical move after another. Behind-the-scenes, he cemented himself as the generations pioneering preeminent prolific songwriter with a total of four GRAMMY Awards under his belt and a staggering eight nominations.Along the way, he penned era-defining smashes such as Rihannas Umbrella, Beyoncs Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), Ciaras Ride, Justin Biebers Baby, JAY-Zs Holy Grail [feat. Justin Timberlake], Nass Adam and Eve, Kanye Wests All of the Lights and Ultralight Beam [feat. Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, & Kirk Franklin] on which he also featured as a vocalist, and countless others as well as producing albums including I Am Sasha Fierce and Beyonc. As a solo artist, he delivered a classic in the form of the 2007 gold-selling Love Hate and its lead-off smash Shawty Is A 10 followed by a pair of Top 5 debuts on the Billboard Top 200, namely Love Vs. Money [2009] and Love King [2010]. In 2016, he broke ground with the visual album Genesis and its short film, which premiered at the Versace Mansion. However, The-Dream always aspired to fulfill a 360-degree vision...Throughout this journey, he quietly built an empire as an entrepreneur. He franchised eleven Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants and nine Burger King locations throughout the Southeast. He also made history in 2018 by selling the publishing for 75% of 302 titles from his back catalog to Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited owned by Merck Mercuriadis and listed on the London Stock Exchange. The deal would be the first of its kind. Not to mention, he honed his talents as a fine artist, painting pieces for the homes of collaborators and friends and on display in The Bahamas. Simultaneously, his plan came to fruition.Ive been planning all along, he affirms. I play the long game. Since I was a kid, Ive seen everything from my grandfathers point-of-view. He was a master mason. He knew exactly what he was great at, and he hustled harder than anybody else. Even though we didnt do the same thing, he passed that work ethic on to me. It starts with mastering something. Its writing. Then, its production. Its pictures. Its films. Youre in your prime when you realize and know exactly who you are. Ten years ago, I knew who I wanted to be. Now, I am that person. When I come around, its going to be extremely loving and extremely sexual. I got to the place of being unapologetic for who I am.Unapologetic only scratches the surface though. 2019 sees The-Dream manifest every ambition at a new level. He ignites a 100-track year with 38 songs from his anxiously awaited Sex Tape Series. For the first time since the Love Series, he releases music independently on his own RadioKilla Records. The first 38 arrive via a partnership between The-Dream and HitCo Entertainmentthe label founded by the man who initially gave the artist his first solo shot and whom he calls, Father L.A. Reid. He expands his catalog via Sex Tape and comes full circle by fully embodying the implications of his chosen moniker.I chose to live up to the name, he exclaims. The American Dream is somebody coming from where I came from. As a kid, I learned you work, you get paid, and you reinvest into yourself. Its how you make life work for you. The-Dream is something bigger now. Its a legacy for my kids. Its about the liberty of being an adult.R&B levels up as a result. Tapping into what he describes as grown energy, he delivers his most powerful, passionate, and provocative epic to date. Introduced by way of three 12-track introductory volumes, he builds a space for raw and real R&B to thrive, adding another dimension with the short film Taupe.The title actually isnt the focus, he admits. Its more intrusive than the tunes actually are. Its about the fact Im going to fucking say, Sex Tape out loud. Im talking real shit. If youve been thinking it, Im going to say it. If you want this kind of music, you know you can rely on me for it with the Sex Tape series.In the end, The-Dreams plan is just starting to fully materialize, and his biggest, boldest, and best era has just begun.Im good with who I am, he leaves off. Ive been working to get here for so long. When you listen to anything I do, I want you to take away the value of being alive. Thats what this is.

      Cost: 25.00

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