Though singer-songwriter The-Dream has had a successful solo career, perhaps his most well-known achievements are the hits he’s penned for others.

In an interview with Tim Westwood, The-Dream discussed what he pocketed for one of the biggest his he ever wrote: Rihanna’s “Umbrella.”

“Around, like…fifteen [million],” he explained. “I was just trying to pay the bills.”

The-Dream also spoke about Justin Bieber’s smash hit “Baby,” which he also wrote. “I said [to the Def Jam A&R], ‘Okay. You pay for my hotel room – I was in New York and I stay at the Plaza – and I’ll write you a record.’ And he said, ‘No, we’re not going to pay for you hotel room,’ and I said, ‘Okay, well I’m not gonna write you a record.’ So, I guess everybody thought about it, and was like, ‘Let’s pay for it.'”

Watch the interview below:

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