Published Nov 14, 2012The-Dream's Love IV MMXII was originally scheduled to come out last September, and while that long-delayed disc is still under wraps, the successful hit-maker has decided to tide fans over with a commercial release of his 1977 mixtape, put out under his birth name of Terius Nash.
The collection originally came out late last summer as a free digital download. This new label-supported release will be available on December 18 via Radio Killa/Def Jam. It comes with the new cover artwork that you can see above.
Def Jam must be relieved that this mixtape is finally getting a proper commercial release, since the label apparently wasn't too pleased when it came out for free. At the time, Nash tweeted, "BTW NO ONE AT DEFJAM IS HAPPY ABOUT A FREE ALBUM LOL.... they are trying to stop it!"
Like so many internet releases in the R&B/hip-hop world, 1977 wasn't so much an old-school mixtape as it was a free digital album. Now that it's coming out through a label, we can probably just refer to it as a proper album from now on.
Meanwhile, there's no news as to when Love IV MMXII will drop.