Terius Nash: 1977

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The-Dream 1977
Mixtape by The-Dream
Released December 21, 2012
Recorded September 30 , 2012
Genre R&B[1]
Length 57:43
Label Radio Killa, Def Jam
Producer The-Dream, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Carlos McKinney
The-Dream chronology
Love King
(2010)Love King2010
Terius Nash: 1977
IV Play
(2013)IV Play2013

Terius Nash: 1977 (simply known as 1977) is the fourth studio album by American recording artist The-Dream. Initially released for free via the internet on August 31, 2011 in response to the delays to The-Dream's intended fourth studio album, IV Play, it was released via Def Jam Recordings for commercial sale on December 18, 2012.[2]


Following issues with his contract with Def Jam Recordings, work on The-Dream's purported fourth studio album Love IV MMXII halted, having originally been due for release of September 20, 2011.[3] As a result, The-Dream recorded additional material for a new album titled 1977 – named after the year of his birth – which he intended as a stopgap release following the delays to Love IV MMXII.[3] The album was released via The-Dream's website on August 31, 2011 for free, despite Def Jam's objections to the decision.[3]

However, Love IV MMXII failed to see a release during 2012: as a result, it was announced on November 14, 2012 that 1977 would be released for commercial sale by Def Jam on December 18, 2012.[2] Unlike the free version of the album, where he was credited under his birth name Terius Nash, the commercial release will see The-Dream returning to being credited under his stage name.[2] The new version of the album features the additional tracks "AK47" and "Tender Tendencies".,[2] while some of the original song titles were changed and the track "Silly Introducing Casha" was omitted.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
Consequence of Sound C+[5]
MSN Music (3-star Honorable Mention)[6]
Newsday B[1]
Now 2/5[7]
Pitchfork Media 7.9/10[8]
PopMatters 7/10[9]
Q 3/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[12]

1977 received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 66, based on 10 reviews.[13] Pitchfork Media critic Jordan Sargent found 1977's music "engrossing" and "vivid" as a one-sided depiction of a failing relationship.[8] Glenn Gamboa from Newsday felt the record "doesn't quite stack up against The-Dream's more polished work, lacking his usual lyrical wordplay and musical sophistication, but the intensity of the emotion keeps it interesting."[1] Ken Capobianco of The Boston Globe felt that The-Dream shares "too much" with the more "confessional" album and said that "his usual sensual production and delicious hooks are missing, but the rawer musical approach serves the lyrics' edges."[14] New York Times critic Jon Caramanica wrote, "These songs aren’t much more than melodic rants, but that’s enough for Mr. Nash, who’s never been a forceful singer, but whose talent for cramming oddball twists into R&B remains unparalleled."[15]

Robert Christgau gave 1977 a three-star honorable mention in his consumer guide for MSN Music,[6] indicating "an enjoyable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well treasure."[16] He cited "Wedding Crasher" and "Used to Be" as highlights and quipped, "Living for sex gets less dreamy all the time".[6] AllMusic's Andy Kellman was more critical, accusing The-Dream of "tedious wallowing ... switch[ing] between licking his wounds and puffing his chest",[4] while Rolling Stone critic Matthew Trammell dismissed his "poorly articulated male scorn rooted in juvenile, you-made-me-cheat reasoning".[11] Tom Ewing of The Guardian named 1977 "the worst thing Nash has made", panning his "unhappy, scab-picking".[17]

Track listing[edit]

1977 — Mixtape version[18]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wake Me When It's Over" Terius Nash  
2. "Used to Be Casha" Terius Nash  
3. "Kills The Lights" Terius Nash Casha  
4. "Ghetto" (featuring Big Sean) David Borrego, Sean Anderson, Terius Nash  
5. "Wedding Crasher" Terius Nash  
6. "Rolex" (featuring Casha) Terius Nash  
7. "Silly" (Featuring Casha) Casha Rob Holladay  
8. "1977 (Miss You Still)" Ralph Johnson, Douglas Gibbs, Shawn Carter, Terius Nash  
9. "Wish You Were Mine" Terius Nash  
10. "Real" (featuring Pharrell) Pharrell Williams, Terius Nash  
11. "Form of Flattery" Terius Nash  
1977 — 2012 version[19]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wake Me When It's Over" Terius Nash 5:36
2. "Dope Chick" (featuring Pusha T) Terius Nash 4:55
3. "Long Gone" Terius Nash 4:16
4. "Ghetto" (featuring Big Sean) David Borrego, Sean Anderson, Terius Nash 5:27
5. "Wedding Crasher" Terius Nash 5:04
6. "Rolex" (featuring Casha) Terius Nash 3:41
7. "1977" Ralph Johnson, Douglas Gibbs, Shawn Carter, Terius Nash 5:07
8. "Wish You Were Mine" Terius Nash 3:54
9. "Real" (featuring Pharrell) Pharrell Williams, Terius Nash 5:18
10. "Form of Flattery" Terius Nash 4:15
11. "AK47" Terius Nash 4:57
12. "Tender Tendencies" Terius Nash 5:13


Credits for Terius Nash: 1977 adapted from Allmusic.[20]


Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[21] 29


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  5. ^ De Revere, Paul (September 13, 2011). "Terius Nash – 1977". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert (February 21, 2012). "Odds and Ends 006". MSN Music. Microsoft. Archived from the original on March 23, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ Mistry, Anupa (September 15, 2011). "Terius Nash - 1977". Now. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Sargent, Jordan (September 8, 2011). "Terius Nash: 1977". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ Amidon, David (September 8, 2011). "The-Dream (Terius Nash): 1977". PopMatters. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ "[title unknown]". Q. March 2013. p. 99. 
  11. ^ a b Trammell, Matthew (October 18, 2011). "1977". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 22, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  12. ^ Cataldo, Jesse (December 22, 2012). "The-Dream Terius Nash: 1977". Slant Magazine. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Reviews for 1977 by Terius Nash". Metacritic. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ Capobianco, Ken (December 18, 2012). "The-Dream, 'Terius Nash: 1977'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ Caramanica, Jon (September 5, 2011). "New Music". The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  16. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Key to Icons". Robert Christgau. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  17. ^ Ewing, Tom (September 8, 2011). "Message to The-Dream, AKA Terius Nash: please stop sharing". The Guardian. London. Film & music section, p. 2. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  18. ^ http://www.rap-up.com/2011/08/24/tracklisting-the-dream-1977/
  19. ^ http://rapradar.com/2011/08/24/the-dream-terius-nash-1977-tracklist/
  20. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/1977-mw0002222487/credits
  21. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/419475/dream/chart?f=333