Terius Nash : 1977
Label: Dream / IDJ
On this 2011 mixtape, released to retail in 2012, The-Dream proves he will never be mistaken for his copycats (and The Weeknd in particular) that he taunts on "Form of Flattery." He's simply too clever, whether he calls a woman yelling at him an "AK47" or complains about a girlfriend (or ex-wife Christina Milian) on "Used to Be," singing "You used to sex me crazy/ You used to call me baby/ Now all you do is nag me like a 5-year-old from the back seat." Call him arrogant and sexist, but at least he's honest with his emotions, and has the songwriting talent to pull it off.