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The-Dream Covers Sam Cooke On ‘IAMSAM’

The songs were recorded during the sessions for Beyoncé's '4'

Well, here’s a nice surprise for any time of year, let alone the holidays. The-Dream has channeled his inner old-fashioned romantic more than usual for a series of Sam Cooke covers (it’s a little more family gathering-friendly than, say, “Pussy”) he uploaded today to his SoundCloud. Titled IAMSAM, the eight-track collection was recorded in 2010 during the sessions for Beyoncé‘s 4, according to Terius Nash’s Instagram, and is dedicated to his mother: “My Mother loved a lot of Artist growing up, but the one we shared the most interest in together was Sam Cooke, so Tonight I give him back to her,” he writes. Listen here.