Here’s the second part of The-Dream‘s interview with Tim Westwood across the pond. Continuing his conversation on BBC Radio 1Xtra with Westwood, Terius discusses why he can’t write for Ciara, R. Kelly’s influence on R&B, how he defines success as a recording artist, and Rihanna’s best album to date.
In addition, he sings “My Cherie Amour” and “Umbrella” acapella.
On why he can’t work with Ciara: “I have a contract under Def Jam so it’s only certain people I work with. [The executives] were real smart by putting that in there, I made them pay for it.”
On R. Kelly’s influence: “He held it down. I don’t think this generation of R&B would be at this particular stage without that. R. Kelly was doing it in a hip-hop-dominated culture,” he says, adding, “But we all gotta go down.”
On his success as a recording artist: “I don’t really care about the million album sales. I don’t really care about the number ones because I do those things writing for everybody else, so I can just stay in this spot and I’m comfortable selling 500k and under. Everybody wants to go pop, I don’t.”
On why Rated R is one of Rihanna’s best albums: “That was right after Good Girl Gone Bad. She could of went up and went more pop, but she regressed and went down back into it.”