Dreams (The Game song)

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"Dreams"
The Game - Dreams - CD cover.jpg
Single by The Game
from the album The Documentary
ReleasedJune 7, 2005 (2005-06-07)
FormatDigital download, CD single, 12 inch
Recorded2004
GenreHip hop soul, conscious hip hop
Length4:46
LabelG-Unit/Aftermath/Interscope
Songwriter(s)Jayceon Taylor & Kanye West
Producer(s)Kanye West
The Game singles chronology
"Hate It or Love It"
(2005)
"Dreams"
(2005)
"Playa's Only"
(2005)

"Dreams" is a song by American rapper The Game, from his debut album, The Documentary. It was released as the fifth official single from the album in all territories except France, which saw "Higher" released there first. The song was produced by Kanye West and features a sample of "No Money Down" by soul music singer Jerry Butler. The song is dedicated to Yetunde Price (the elder half-sister of tennis stars Serena Williams and Venus Williams), who was shot dead on September 14, 2003. The Williams' also came from The Game's hometown of Compton, California. The lyrics cite the Dr. Dre album 2001 being released "in 2001", when it was actually released in the year 1999. The song was placed 5th on About.com's Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2005.

"Dreams" debuted at #97 and peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single was also commercially successful in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Phillip Atwell and it features cameos by R&B singer and actress Mýa , Dr. Dre , veteran singer Jim Gilstrap and comedian Michael Colyar. It also features Art graffiti to show memory of deceased artists.

Tributes[edit]

Remixes[edit]

A remix of the song was released on The Game's mixtape, You Know What It Is Vol. 3. It is a mix between "Dreams" and "A Dream", which is a track featuring The Notorious B.I.G. from Jay-Z's 2002 album The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse. It combines a chopped and screwed version of B.I.G.'s a cappella verse on "A Dream" (which is Juicy's first verse) with the instrumental of "Dreams".

There is also another official remix of the song with Trey Songz where The Game raps his normal 1st & 3rd verse and Trey Songz singing the 2nd verse.

An unreleased version of Dreams leaked onto the internet in October 2011. This version features similar lyrics to the final version with revised themes and content, with The Game reflecting on events in his own life as opposed to reflecting on the legacies left by rap legends. It leaked labeled as "Original Version".

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005–06) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 42
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[2] 67
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[3] 39
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[4] 46
Germany (Media Control AG)[5] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 37
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 43
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 53
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 32
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[12] 12
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[13] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Game – Dreams". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Game – Dreams" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Game – Dreams" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  4. ^ "The Game – Chart history" European Hot 100 for The Game.[dead link]
  5. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. 2005-08-02. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
  6. ^ "Chart Track: Week 31, 2005". Irish Singles Chart.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Game – Dreams" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
  8. ^ "Charts.nz – The Game – Dreams". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Game – Dreams". Swiss Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 30, 2011.
  11. ^ "The Game Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
  12. ^ "The Game Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "The Game Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard.

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