Street Dreams (song)

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"Street Dreams/Affirmative Action"
Single by Nas
from the album It Was Written
Released October 22, 1996
Format CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:39(Original)
4:27(Remix)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Nasir Jones, Samuel Barnes, David Stewart, Annie Lennox
Producer(s) Trackmasters
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Nas singles chronology
"If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)"
(1996)
"Street Dreams"
(1996)
"The Message"
(1997)
It Was Written track listing
"The Message"
(2)
"Street Dreams"
(3)
"I Gave You Power"
(4)

"Street Dreams" is a 1996 single by American rapper Nas. The song was It Was Written's second hit, following the success of "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)". "Street Dreams" contains an interpolation from the Eurythmics song "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and a sample from Linda Clifford's "Never Gonna Stop". A remix, including an appearance by R. Kelly, was released shortly after the original. It featured samples from the Isley Brothers' "Choosey Lover". The remix version was performed live on an episode of the Nickelodeon series All That in February 1997.

The song's big-budget video, directed by Hype Williams, was an allusion to the Martin Scorsese film Casino. It was filmed in Las Vegas around the time Tupac Shakur was murdered and featured a cameo appearance by Frank Vincent. Perhaps as a show of appreciation, Scorsese later used Nas' "Thief's Theme" in a scene from his 2006 gangster/cop drama The Departed.

The song was Nas' first to enter the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 22. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1997.[1]

Music video[edit]

There is a music video for both the original and the remix featuring R. Kelly. The music video was directed by famous director Hype Williams.

Single track listing[edit]

A-Side[edit]

  1. "Street Dreams" (Album Version) (4:08)
  2. "Street Dreams" (Bonus Verse) (4:08)
  3. "Street Dreams" (Instrumental) (4:08)

B-Side[edit]

  1. "Affirmative Action" (Remix) (4:09)
  2. "Affirmative Action" (Album Version) (4:19)
    • Produced by Dave Atkinson
  3. "Affirmative Action" (Instrumental) (3:44)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996–97) Peak
position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[2] 39
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[3] 50
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 22
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[6] 18
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[1] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American single certifications – Nas – Street Dreams". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 11, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  2. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Nas – Street Dreams". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Nas – Street Dreams". Singles Top 60. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Nas: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Nas Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Nas. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  6. ^ "Nas Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Nas. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "Nas Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Nas. Retrieved February 11, 2015.