2019 started in an auspicious note. A mere six days into the year, news broke that Dreamville’s third compilation album was finally in the works.
“Your presence and participation is requested for the recording sessions of the upcoming compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers III.” – read across the startlingly yellow brick flyer that flooded social media platforms of those whose presence, and participation was requested.
The open invitations were extended to outside collaborators on both sides of the American coast. Joining Dreamville’s inventive roster – EarthGang, Ari Lennox, J.I.D., Bas– the guestlist included 6lack, Masego, Rick Ross, Rapsody, T.I, as well as producers, Kenny Beats, Montebrooker, JB Hollywood, and many, many more.
All of its invitees congregated at the Tree Sound studios in Atlanta, where they have consequently recorded for ten days. The amalgamation of all these producers, rappers, singers, songwriters, (343 invited, total) under the same roof instantly intrigued, ultimately gained a life of its own.
To encapsulate this moment in time, Dreamvile released a 30-minute documentary earlier this week, showcasing the behind the scenes of the compilation recording process and all artists involved in the sessions.
The result of these ten sleepless nights resulted in 142 songs, of which only we will hear – for now – 18. Released at midnight today, Revenge of the Dreamers offers an eclectic blending of head-rushing bars, sultry, raw and rugged R&B and soul – from both new and established acts.
The compilation features nine of Dreamville’s artists – J.Cole, EarthGang, J.I.D, Ari Lennox, Bas, Lute, Omen, Cozz – alongside Buddy, Saba, Vince Staples, Smokepurpp, SkiMask The Slumpgod, Mereba, Smino, Reason (TDE) – and even an unaccredited backing vocal from Kendrick Lamar, on ‘Under the Sun’.
You can stream the album, below.