Beside frequent songwriting and production partners Christopher “Tricky” Stewart and Carlos “Los Da Mystro” McKinney, Terius “The-Dream” Nash advanced electronic pop-R&B during the 2000s and 2010s, continuing a path cut by the likes of Leon Sylvers III, Kashif, Prince, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Teddy Riley, Timbaland and Missy Elliott, and the Neptunes. After a series of modest strides, Nash became a true force with Rihanna’s “Umbrella” (2007) and proved that it wasn’t a fluke by topping the chart the following year with Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body” and Beyoncé’s Grammy-winning “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”
Nash simultaneously began a run with Def Jam as a recording artist, sculpting the melodically rich and impeccably layered Top Five R&B/hip-hop albums Love/Hate (2007), Love vs. Money (2009), and Love King (2010). Nash also became a go-to collaborator for rap artists, exemplified by Grammy-winning material with Kanye West and Jay-Z (“All of the Lights,” “No Church in the Wild”). Since leaving Def Jam, Nash has continued to release material of his own in high volumes, including the 150-minute Ménage à Trois: Sextape Vol. 1, 2, 3 (2018).