Terius Nash bka The-Dream once hoped that he'd release his fourth studio album, The Love, IV: Diary of a Madman, on Def Jam last summer. The project was given an official release date—9/20/11, the radio killer's 34th birthday—then called off. In its absence, Nash, foraying under his birth name and untethered to label politics, released 1977, a wounded album on which he's (magnificently) past-drunk, embittered and mad. Now, leaving heartache for a moment to re-tackle the great problem of body ache, Nash returns as The-Dream with "ROC (Roc Your Body)." Three minutes in he dampens his croon to a half-whisper, gearing up for the triumphant screams and tumbling, spaced out Ohs that bring the song home and straight into your life. It sounds like magic, and for The-Dream, it sounds easy. Stream the track at his website, and preview it below.
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