Dream Mclean may be known as the Chase & Status-signed Essex-born rapper who spits over high energy up-tempo instrumentals, but there is more to him than that. After three years as a signee of MTA Records, spawning a number of singles, features and his well-received Weatherman EP, Dream is preparing to release his debut album Greyscalenext month. Preceded by the singles ‘Angel Dust’, ‘Pharaoh’ and ‘D.W.I.D’ we are already seeing a shift in his sound, and a demonstration of the impressive versatility displayed on the records.
We grabbed Dream for ten minutes, while he was helping out his Grandad with some D.I.Y, to chat about what’s in store, his fussy beat choices and working with Professor Green and CasIsDead…
What are your aims for Greyscale?
Well in terms of the music on the album, it’s been a long time coming. Since I signed a deal, three years ago, and even before that to be fair, what I’ve been trying to do is find my own sound; find where I fit in amongst all the music in the UK scene and I guess the aim is always to spearhead the movement that lifts up out of the shadows of the American scene. I know that the fans have been waiting a long time, but I feel like I’ve got to a point now where I do have a body of work. Even though it has taken me a long time I do have this album that I can say is my own sound. That’s what I’ve been working towards with this album, and I feel like I’ve achieved it.