Friday, March 30, 2012

The-Dream Kills the Lights and the R&Beef

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 9:41 AM

The-Dream has been lighting up stages and Tweetdecks recently. But tweefing with the Weeknd was just a prelude to his new video, "Kill the Lights," the first single from the Atlanta-based R&B singer-songwriter's next label album, Love IV.

The PYT singing with him on "Kill the Lights" is his label signee Casha. And together they swag it out like Prince circa 1989. But he ripped a page straight from Tupac's Machavellian-inspired diary in his short-winded fued with the Weeknd, who didn't take kindly to The-Dream's onstage banter at S.O.B.'s in New York a couple of weeks ago, as reported in the NYTimes:

“I haven’t done a show in close to two years,” he said, and in that time, he insisted, imitators had abounded.

One person who took exception to these words was the Weeknd, the rising Toronto R&B star, who, to be fair, owes much more to Terence Trent D’Arby and Rick James than to The-Dream, to say nothing of the huge debt both men owe to Prince. The Weeknd took to Twitter for some veiled shots at The-Dream.

The Weeknd responded to The-Dream's veiled diss by calling him a "Ham burglar lookin ass n***a" in a Tweet-for-tat that ended with The-Dream getting the last word, but not before revealing his chess-like strategy compared to the Weeknd's weak checkers move:

>> Machiavelli the art of war has nothing to do with a Gun. Its psych thing. U use words to make the opponent make a move that he can never….
>> Move back from the move the word is Permanent! The assumption of your move was merely a thought and now you know for sure….. Now we move.
>> In silence the right way!

Checkmate, junior. The-Dream's Kill the Lights tour ended in New Orleans two days ago, without a stop in Atlanta, but perhaps he'll break the hometown off a chunk when the new album drops this summer.

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