Today The-Dream comes out with Love vs Money, his newest full length album. I must say, the battle between love and money is truly eternal (and a much more fruitful and thought-provoking dichotomy than say, Love/Hate, the title of the-Dream’s last album, right?). I find my milli interfering with love all the time. “Is this really love in the club?” I think just about every other night, as a scantily clad cocktail server opens the third bottle of $300 Champagne and pours the bubbly for me and my man muffin du jour.
OMG! The-Dream is 19 but he’s already written some of the defining hits of recent years, including Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”
His track with Kanye, entitled “Walkin’ On the Moon,” recalls Michael Jackson in ways beyond the “moonwalking” connotation.
Mark my words, this will be the hit of 2009.
The song begins with the-Dream calling, “Hello? Hello?” into the silent abyss of space. Then, like a spaceship captained by George Clinton, a sparkling, laser-like screech of strings cuts through the lunar loneliness and lands on the surface. The-Dream soon finds his comfort zone and sweetly falsettos us to the next galaxy. He also declares the year is 2085, which everyone knows will be the year man finally reaches the moon.
When Kanye comes in, he destroys the-Dream’s sentimental reverie about out-of-this-world girls and begins another pouting session about fame. It is unclear whether he is mocking or worshipping the person he’s singing about, and furthermore, whether or not he is singing about a self-centered woman or himself. If it’s about him, we can read his rhyme as a sort of meta-analysis of himself, from the perspective of an out-of-body Kanye looking at himself walk by on the red carpet, hop into the ‘rari’ and roar away into starry-eyed oblivion.