10 Things You Didn't Know About The-Dream

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2. He's Influenced the New Wave of Gritty & Blues

The-Dream cites R. Kelly, Sade, Prince, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding among his influences, while industry insiders credit The-Dream with the new alt-R&B sound we hear today from such artists as Drake and The Weeknd. Though he humbly questions that, "I don't know how much somebody would be listening to me," he will say that his favorite sub-genre-shaping song, "Fancy" (off his sophomore release, Love vs. Money), was definitely taken and chopped up by "everybody."

(Photos from left: Christopher Peterson/Splash News; Santi/Splash News)

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