An original painting by Keith Haring covers the lobby at Germano Studios in downtown NYC, the artist’s trademark exclamatory lines and dancing figures conveying a frenzied, emotive experience. On Monday night, that same feeling poured out of a cozy back room in one of the building’s studios, where The-Dream, clad in head-to-toe Chicago Bulls gear and glistening diamonds, previewed his upcoming Love IV MMXII album. The singer-producer’s first LP in two years (in an act of defiance against his label last summer, he released a mixtape, 1977, under his given name Terius Nash) is still missing a release date, and many of its tracks are in flux. But The-Dream was palpably eager to share the music that’s been brewing.
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