A Dream (Common song)

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"I have A Dream"
Single by Common featuring will.i.am
from the album Freedom Writers (soundtrack)
Released 2006
Format CD
Genre Hip hop
Label Hollywood Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) will.i.am
Common singles chronology
"Faithful"
(2005) Faithful2005
"A Dream"
(2006) A Dream2006
"The People"
(2007) The People2007
will.i.am singles chronology
"Hip Hop Is Dead"
(2006) Hip Hop Is Dead2006
"A Dream"
(2006) A Dream2006
"I Got It from My Mama"
(2007) I Got It from My Mama2007

"A Dream" is a single by rapper Common from the soundtrack to Freedom Writers. It is produced by will.i.am, who also sings the song's chorus. The song heavily samples Martin Luther King Jr.'s historical "I Have a Dream" speech, which relates to the song's lyrics about racism. The single release of "A Dream" includes two will.i.am tracks, "Colors" and "Bus Ride."

Music video[edit]

The video for the single contains images from the Freedom Writers movie (many of which feature Hilary Swank, its lead actress), mixed with animated series with will.i.am singing on a platform and Common rapping in corridor and bedrooms before stylized images of the Civil Rights Movement. Television footage of the "I Have a Dream" speech is exposed on guide throughout the video. The imagery is destined to increase the song's messages of determination in the face of discrimination, and ambition for a more racially world.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Dream"
  2. "Colors"
  3. "Bus Ride"

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 16

See also[edit]