Life and career
hampton is originally from Detroit, and moved between New York and Detroit for most of her professional career. Her father is African-American; her mother is European-American. She studied film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she filmed her then neighbor Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace for a documentary class. She has since been involved in a series of film projects. She was an associate producer of VH1's Behind the Music: Notorious B.I.G. and co-producer of Bigger than Life, the first feature-length documentary on the rapper, directed by Peter Spier. Her short film "I am Ali" was an entry at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won "Best Short Film" at Vanity Fair's Newport Film Festival. She was a co-executive producer of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012), associate producer of The Russian Winter (2012), director of the music video "QueenS" (2012) for SubPop artists TheeSatisfaction! "QueenS" was hampton's music video directorial debut.
hampton was the first female editor of The Source magazine. She also served as editor-in-chief of short-lived Los Angeles-based Rap Pages Magazine and has been a contributor to Vibe for 15 years, beginning with its launch 1993, The Village Voice, and Spin. Her essays have also been included in over a dozen anthologies, including Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic (2009), edited by Michael Eric Dyson, and Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness (2012), edited by Rebecca Walker.
hampton was a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and a sponsor of Black August, a yearly tribute concert benefiting political prisoners. Her film about the event, Black August: A Hip-Hop Documentary Concert, debuted at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 2010.
- "D'Angelo: Soul Man", Vibe Magazine, April 2000
- "Parable of the Writer: Octavia E. Butler, science fiction visionary, 1947–2006", The Village Voice
- "Dreaming America: Hip Hop Culture", Spin Magazine, November 1993.
- "Bad Boy", in The Vibe History of Hip Hop, Three Rivers Press
- "Born Alone, Die Alone", in Born to use mics: reading Nas's Illmatic By Michael Eric Dyson, Sohail Daulatzai
- "Audacity", in Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. Edited by Rebecca Walker, Soft Skull Press, February 1, 2012
- Behind The Music: The Notorious B.I.G., 1997, associate producer
- I Am Ali, 2002, Director
- Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger Than Life, 2007, executive producer
- Black August: A Hip-Hop Documentary Concert, 2010, director
- "The Russian Winter" 2012, associate producer 
- "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty", 2012, co-executive producer
- "QueenS", 2012. Music video for SubPop artists, TheeSatisfaction!
- Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice Mapping a Detroit Story, 2015, executive producer
- Yo' mama's disfunktional!: fighting the culture wars in urban America by Robin D. G. Kelley. Beacon Press, 1998
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- I Am Ali, Sundance Institute Archives
- "An Oversimplification of Her Beauty".
- "Dream Hampton", IMDb.
- "Thee Satisfaction - 'Queens'". Vimeo.
- IT'S THE MONEY NOT THE MUSIC A RAP GALLEY[permanent dead link], New York Daily News. April 4, 1997.
- "VIBE Magazine December 2010/January 2011 Issue Hits Newsstands November 30th, EON: Enhanced Online News, November 29, 2010
- of the Writer, The Village Voice, Tuesday, February 28, 2006.
- Dreaming America: Hip Hop Culture, Spin Magazine, November 1993..
- "Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness" (review), Publishers Weekly, December 12, 2011.
- Kakutani, Michiko (November 23, 2010). "Jay-Z Deconstructs Himself". The New York Times. Books of the Times.
- Jayson Rodriguez, "'Notorious' Gets Seal Of Approval From Biggie Friend Dream Hampton". MTV News, January 16, 2009.
- dream hampton’s ‘Black August: A Hip Hop Benefit Concert’ documentary DC screening by Ayan Islam. The Smuggler, Nov 19 2010.
- Art + Revolution: Honoring Black August!, Lincoln Center
- Decoded, Jay-Z, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6892-0
- Vibe Magazine, April 2000.
- The Vibe History of Hip Hop, 2010: Three Rivers Press, 432 pages, ISBN 0-609-80503-7
- Born to use mics: reading Nas's Illmatic By Michael Eric Dyson, Sohail Daulatzai. Basic Civitas Books (December 29, 2009). ISBN 0-465-00211-0
- Staff (December 12, 2011). "Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness. Edited by Rebecca Walker.", Publishers Weekly.
- The Root Interview: dream hampton on Black August Archived December 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. by Lawrence C. Ross Jr. The Root, November 4, 2010
- I Am Ali, 2002, IMDB
- Jayson Rodriguez, "'Black August' Screening Draws Chris Rock, Talib Kweli, More", MTV News, August 27, 2010.
- Wilson, Brandon. "LAFF Review: dream hampton's Devastating 'Treasure: From Tragedy to Trans Justice; Mapping a Detroit Story'". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 2016-02-06.