The moment we’ve all been waiting for is here at last. Four years after the release of ‘Revenge of the Dreamers II,’ J. Cole and his Dreamville team are back with the third installment in the Revenge album series. After much teasing and anticipation, the album finally arrived at midnight (7/5).
As we learned from the Dreamville documentary that accompanied the album, ‘Revenge of the Dreamers III’ sought to do something that had not been done in the history of the Revenge albums, much less in the history of hip-hop music. Dreamville sent out invitations to over one hundred producers and artists, and early this year they all convened in Atlanta’s Tree Sound Studio for 10 consecutive days in the studio to cook up the album. According to the president and co-founder of Dreamville, Ibrahim Hamad, the ten day window was the only opportunity they had to get all of Dreamville together to record the album.
“We had this window of like ten days coming off of our company retreat, and Bas coming back from Africa before he goes on tour, before JID goes on tour, Earthgang, so this was like really our only window.”
The ten days worth of sessions resulted in much more than just an album. It was an experience; an opportunity for producers and artists, amateur and veteran alike, to have their shot at being a part of history. Dreamville founder and artist J. Cole shares:
“I’m happy for all these producers and artists who have never had an experience like this. I’ve never had an experience like this, and I’ve been in this shit 10 years. I know for them, sometimes it’s easy to lose hope as an artist or producer in this game. I feel like, honestly, more things like this would do so much for music, period. Because the real life blood of music is these unheard producers who are bubbling and working hard and not getting no recognition.”
The energy that went into the Revenge sessions is demonstrated clearly in the final product. The inspiration, experimentation, and pure dedication that went into the album is evident in every bar, every beat, every track. ‘Revenge of the Dreams III’ brings together different sounds and vibes to create something that, though dynamic and innovative, also stands as a solid and cohesive body of work. Aside from the Dreamville crew, the 18-track album includes features from artists and producers like Smino, Saba, DaBaby, Kal Banx, Ty Dolla $ign, CuBeatz, Dreezy, T.I., Henny (Tha Bizness), Groove, T-minus, and many more. Kendrick Lamar made a brief appearance in the hook for “Under the Sun,” the album’s first track, a nod towards the amicable relationship between TDE and Dreamville. The previously released singles “Middle Child,” “Costa Rica,” “LamboTruck,” “Down Bad,” and “Got Me” all made the album’s final tracklist.
Check out Dreamville’s historical compilation album ‘Revenge of the Dreamers III’ here!