Despite executive producing Ciara‘s forthcoming ‘Basic Instinct’ project, The-Dream had some choice words about the ‘Ride’ singer in a recent interview with Parlour Magazine. More after the jump…
Parlour: You’ve just finished writing Ciara’s entire new album too. Is this really her last shot at pop stardom?
The-Dream: I think so. You only get so many times to, and I won’t say fail, but not achieve. There’s an expectation of where Ciara should be in her career. To others, she’s achieved but not to us, because we saw where her career was headed. But now she’s back on the horse. When she first came out I, like Lil Jon and Jazze Pha, understood exactly who she was. It was that whole Atlanta vibe because if i’m not Atlanta, no one is. I knew if I had a chance to get with her creatively, there’s a specific type of swagger that she’s got. Tricky and I did her whole album, but it’s not all shallow songs like “Ride.” There’s play time but there’s substance too, it’s a great listen.
I’m kinda on the fence with this one; part of me feels Dream should be commended for offering his true opinion (especially considering how Politically Correct / media trained artists these days tend to be aka. dancing around such questions).
That said, being that he is actually involved in the project, I can’t see how making such statements will be beneficial to Ciara. Yes, he labels the album ‘a great listen’, yet only after saying that she’s essentially ‘done’ if this project doesn’t sell. Arguably, a somewhat fair enough statement, yet it’s one I can’t help but feel doesn’t do any favours for Ciara.