Let the New Tides bring The Things not yet seen! Crackerjack R&B singer/writer/producer/A&R guy The-Dream announced this morning that he is leaving Def Jam after an incredibly winning six-year run that saw five solo albums and innumerable hits for other artists, starting from the proverbial bottom with “Umbrella” for Rihanna and also Beyoncé. He broke the news himself on Instagram, where he posted a picture of the Def Jam logo with a caption that read, “I will miss this logo. It all started here! Love Everything that I achieved there, EXODUS THE-DREAM #exodusthedream.”
He didn’t offer any more details about what comes next, but he’s certainly sounding hopeful. In another Instagram post (there were a bunch of them today) he wrote, “Creativity! My own Time my own Way. Just me and spat my Engineer at the Time. No label at All! Perfect.” The accompanying picture was the cover of Terius Nash 1997, the 2011 mixtape that he initially released “free literally and figuratively” after becoming frustrated with the label delays holding up Love IV MMXII‘s release. And that worked out just fine for him, right? So! Here’s to whatever he’s got lying in the deep no laying there much longer.