Andrew Wuepper; Brian "B-Luv" Thomas; Chris "Tek" O'Ryan; Pat Thrall
C. "Tricky" Stewart; C. "Tricky" Stewart; Terius "The-Dream" Nash
Def Jam (USA)
Number of Discs
56m : 33s
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Kanye West (vocals); Lee Blaske (strings).
Audio Mixer: Dave Pensado.
Recording information: Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Legacy Recording Studios, New York, NY; Studio At The Palms, Las Vegas, NV; Studio At The Shore, Malibu, CA; Triangle Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA.
Photographer: Joseph Cultice.
On his sophomore effort, acclaimed R&B singer/songwriter The-Dream (known for his 2007 hit single, "Shawty is a 10," as well as for co-writing Rihanna's "Umbrella") balances suave seduction with love-struck earnestness over 14 hot tracks. With production from longtime collaborators Chris "Tricky" Stewart and LOS Da Mystro, LOVE VS. MONEY sees Dream experimenting with spacey Prince-inspired pop alongside Kayne on "Walkin' on the Moon" and delving into stripclub raunch with Lil Jon on "Let Me See the Booty." Mariah Carey is also featured on the sensitive duet, "My Love."
Rolling Stone (p.74) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he combination of classicist songcraft, wild sound collage and a muse that partakes equally of the sensual and silly makes LOVE VS. MONEY far more than just an accomplished genre piece....There isn't a weak song on MONEY; most of them are unforgettable."
XXL (Magazine) (p.111) - "On the album-ending 'Nothing but Love,' Dream channels the spirit of Sam Cooke....With LOVE VS. MONEY, it's clear that The-Dream has crafted a definite winner."
Blender (Magazine) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[C]heck how 'Love Vs. Money: Part 2' layers and sequences two orchestral textures, electronica noises, a harmonizing chorus and a homey chant and an occasional yelp, and who knows how many drum and bass elements."