Charging money for music that was once free is all the rage these days. The Weeknd padded his major label debut/recycled mixtape bundle, Trilogy, with three new tracks to entice people to buy it, and now Terius Nash a.k.a. hitmaker-to-the-stars The-Dream is following suit for the commercial release of 2011's self-produced 1977. The cocksure LP, which is considered to be Nash's reaction to his divorce from actress Christina Milian, lands December 18 via Def Jam and will include two new tracks. The first, "AK47," premiered today.
Like the narcotics-peddling women of "Dope Bitch," on "AK47" The-Dream again equates members of the fairer sex to things nefarious. Nash sings about literally arming himself to keep from falling in love again, because his "last bitch" hurt him bad, like the titular assault rifle. It's a metaphor only The-Dream can successfully paint, and one that fits in well with 1977's girl-you-done-me-wrong swagger. "Instead of loving you / all I can think of is fucking semis," he sings over a swirling backdrop of synths and beats that ring out like they've been shot from cannons.
The song leans more The-Dream than Terius Nash, but it's enough to make us throw down cash on something we already own, and it's a welcome signal that Love IV MMXII will be another excellent addition to The-Dream's discography — if he ever gets around to releasing it.