On the Love King track "Sex Intelligent (Remix)," The-Dream sang that he would release a follow-up album titled Love Affair on June 7, 2011.
followed by an album titled 1977 on August 31, 2011, also as a free download.
Once again produced by The-Dream, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, and Los da Mystro, the album spawned the singles "Love King" and "Make Up Bag." Despite positive reviews from critics, the album was less commercially successful than Love vs.
Money, and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200.
Upon the release of the song, fans of Aaliyah voiced distaste for The-Dream's rendition on radio shows and blog sites.
Allmusic editor Andy Kellman writes that, with Carlos Mc Kinney and Tricky Stewart, The-Dream "seized possession of [...] the belt for the electronic pop-R&B division, once held by innovators Leon Sylvers III, Kashif and Morrie Brown, Prince, Jam & Lewis, Teddy Riley, Timbaland and Missy Elliott, and the Neptunes". After dating for six months, Nash married his girlfriend Nivea in 2004.
The mixtape consisted of seven songs total, with hit songs "Pimp C Lives" and "Outkast".
He followed with "Fruition" and "That's My Shit" to further introduce his new style of music and his upcoming album, Crown Jewel.
The-Dream has also been a featured artist on singles by artists such as Plies, LL Cool J, Dear Jayne, Gym Class Heroes, Sterling Simms, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Jamie Foxx, and Snoop Dogg.
In early 2009, The-Dream began working with Christina Milian on her fourth studio album Elope, In 2010, The-Dream was criticized for his cover of Aaliyah's song "One in a Million".
"Umbrella" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2008 Grammy Awards.