The-Dream is packing it up, and leaving his home at Def Jam.
On Wednesday (January 8), the acclaimed singer-songwriter and producer — responsible for crafting anthems for everyone from Jay Z and Justin Bieber, to Beyoncé and Rihanna — used his Instagram account to announce his departure from the label.
Terius Nash shared a photo of the Def Jam logo, accompanied by the caption, “I will miss this logo. It all started here! Love Everything that I achieved there, EXODUS THE-DREAM #exodusthedream.”
The-Dream began his tenure at the label back in 2007 as a solo artist, releasing his debut album Love Hate via Def Jam and his own imprint Radio Killa Records.
In 2011, he dropped his fourth album Terius Nash: 1977 for free after citing label delays on his IV Play LP. The project was eventually re-released commercially through the label, and in 2013, he followed with IV Play, which included features from Jay Z, Beyoncé Kelly Rowland and more.
After years of co-writing massive hits (including Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”), The-Dream was named Executive Vice President of A&R at Def Jam in 2012, giving him the power to produce as well as sign new acts to the label.
Thus far, The-Dream has not offered up a reason for his departure, but to say that he’s left an imprint on the label is an understatement. Back in 2012 Pusha T told MTV News that he learned more than he’d anticipated while working with Mr. Nash on his debut album My Name Is My Name.
“Musicality, to me in general, is missing, but The-Dream is a musician, he’s a fundamentalist and I’ve really taken on the student role,” Pusha said of working with him. “I feel like I’m in with the best of the best.”