The-Dream is once again safe for the workplace. The radio-fighting R&B mastermind’s last three videos — “Pussy,” “High Art,” and “Turnt” — were all highly pornographic. The ace new video for his Gary Clark Jr. collaboration “Too Early,” one of the best tracks off recent album IV Play, renders the song’s breakup/makeup tale in soft, spectacular purples, yellows, and blues. The way to do a literal video is to make it fit for the silver screen, and directors Stephen Garnett and Damien Sandoval pull that off flawlessly here, representing quite a swing from lowbrow to highbrow for the singer.
The year could still be young for The-Dream. He put in a good bit of work on Jay Z’s triumphant Magna Carta Holy Grail — which The-Dream spoke about to Revolt TV. He also is helping helm Mariah Carey’s upcoming album as well as whatever Beyoncé has in store for us, though neither of those two records currently has a release date.