Dreamville Records

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Dreamville Records
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Parent company Universal
Founded 2007; 10 years ago
Founder
Status Active
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Country of origin United States
Location
Official website dreamville.com

Dreamville Records is an American record label founded by hip hop recording artist J. Cole and his manager Ibrahim Hamad. The label is currently distributed through Interscope Records, a division of Interscope-Geffen-A&M, a unit of Universal Music Group. The label has acts including, Ari Lennox, Bas, Cozz, Omen, Lute, J.I.D, EarthGang, and Cole himself. Dreamville also houses producers Elite, Ron Gilmore, and Cedric Brown.[2]

History[edit]

Rapper J. Cole founded the label in 2007

During the composition of The Come Up, Cole started his own record label in early 2007 with current label president Ibrahim Hamad. Cole and Hamad met while attending St. John's University. Cole sought for an avenue to release his own music, while Hamad yearned to start a record label, prompting the two to team up to form Dreamville Records.[3]

On January 28, 2014, at a show at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Cole announced that his Dreamville imprint had signed a distribution deal with Interscope Records. Attendees at the show received a flyer announcing the deal and a mixtape, titled Revenge of the Dreamers. On the same day Cole announced the signing of Queens-based rapper, Bas. Cole spoke with Billboard about the Interscope deal saying: "We've been dreaming about a label situation for years." "The deal's been official since late December, and we'd been working on it for a while before that, but it felt too important to just go out and yell it right when it happened. It needed a more grand announcement." Cole explained that talks with Interscope began when Joie Manda, Interscope president of urban music, reached out to him in 2013, Cole said: "I thought he wanted me to produce someone over there and I was excited about that, but then he told me that he really believed in me as an executive, a label CEO and a producer. A Dr. Dre to his Jimmy Iovine. He had the vision."[4]

On June 26, 2014, J. Cole officially announced the signing of Los Angeles-based rapper, Cozz.[5] Rapper Omen has been affiliated with Dreamville since the beginning, Omen and Cole met on rapper Canibus chat forum at age 17, where they shared music.[6] Omen was also featured on Cole's mixtapes, The Warm Up (2009) and Friday Night Lights (2010). Omen didn't officially sign with the Interscope deal until after his debut album in 2015.[7] On December 8, 2015, Dreamville released a collaborative album titled, Revenge of the Dreamers II, officially announcing two new label signees, Charlotte rapper, Lute and Washington D.C singer Ari Lennox.[8]

On February 20, 2017 Dreamville announced the signing of East Atlanta-based rapper J.I.D.[9] Dreamville announced the signing of duo EarthGang on August 31, 2017, the duo consist of Atlanta-based rappers Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot. EarthGang have collaborated with Cole and his Dreamville affiliates before signing to the label.[10] EarthGang released their Dreamville debut project the following day, a 5 track project titled, Rags EP. The project features guest appearances from DC Young Fly, Childish Major, Mick Jenkins, and fellow Dreamville artist J.I.D.[11]

Roster[edit]

Rapper Bas (left) and rapper Cozz (right), both signed to Dreamville in 2014.

Current artists[edit]

Act Year
signed
Releases
under the label
J. Cole 2007 7
Omen 2010 1
Bas 2014 3
Cozz 2014 2
Lute 2015 1
Ari Lennox 2015 1
J.I.D 2017 1
EarthGang 2017 2

In-house producers[edit]

The Dreamville Foundation[edit]

In October 2011, Cole established The Dreamville Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation says that it was "created to 'bridge the gap' between the worlds of opportunity and the urban youth" of Cole's hometown of Fayetteville, North Carolina. With volunteers, the Foundation conducts philanthropic activities, such as an annual "Back To School Supply Giveaway" to provide supplies to schoolchildren.[16] The Foundation also launched a book club for young men and sponsored "The Nobody's Perfect Writing Contest and Mother's Day Brunch" for students. It sponsors an annual weekend of Fayetteville community events called the "Dreamville Weekend" that features a discussion with the Young Men's Book Club and Appreciation Dinner and a Career Day panel of African-American professionals in a variety of fields.[17]

In 2014, Cole purchased his childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, for $120,000 through the Dreamville Foundation. The home had been repossessed from his mother years earlier, while Jermaine was attending college in New York. His plan is to turn the house into a homestead for single mothers and their children to live rent-free. In 2017 NFL player Colin Kaepernick donated $32,000 to the foundation. The money will fund multiple projects for the organization.[18]

Discography[edit]

Rapper J.I.D signed to the label in 2017, releasing his debut album, The Never Story.

Studio albums[edit]

Artist Album Details
J. Cole Born Sinner[19]
Bas Last Winter[21]
  • Released: April 27, 2014
  • Chart positions: #103 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
Cozz Cozz & Effect[22]
  • Released: October 3, 2014
  • Chart positions: #160 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
J. Cole 2014 Forest Hills Drive[23]
  • Released: December 9, 2014
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: 2× Platinum[24]
Omen Elephant Eyes[25]
  • Released: June 21, 2015
  • Chart positions: uncharted
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
Various Artists Revenge of the Dreamers II[26]
  • Released: December 8, 2015
  • Chart positions: #29 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
Bas Too High to Riot[27]
  • Released: March 4, 2016
  • Chart positions: #49 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only[28]
  • Released: December 9, 2016
  • Chart positions: #1 U.S.
  • RIAA certification: Platinum[29]
J.I.D The Never Story[30]
  • Released: March 10, 2017
  • Chart positions: #197 U.S.[31]
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
Lute West1996 pt. 2[32]
  • Released: September 29, 2017
  • Chart positions: uncharted
  • RIAA certification: uncertified

Live albums[edit]

Artist Mixtape Details
J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Live[33]

EPs[edit]

Artist Mixtape Details
J. Cole Truly Yours[34]
J. Cole Truly Yours 2[35]
  • Released: April 30, 2013
  • Chart position: uncharted
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
Bas Two Weeks Notice[36]
  • Released: April 15, 2014
  • Chart position: uncharted
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
Ari Lennox Pho[37]
  • Released: October 21, 2016
  • Chart position: uncharted
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
EarthGang Rags[11]
  • Released: September 1, 2017
  • Chart position: uncharted
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
EarthGang Robots[38]
  • Release date: October 20, 2017
  • Chart position: uncharted
  • RIAA certification: uncertified

Mixtapes[edit]

Artist Mixtape Details
J. Cole The Warm Up[39]
J. Cole Friday Night Lights[40]
  • Released: November 10, 2010
  • Chart position: #7 U.S
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
Bas Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. 2[41]
  • Released: May 26, 2013
  • Chart position: uncharted
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
Various Artists Revenge of the Dreamers[42]
  • Released: January 28, 2014
  • Chart position: uncharted
  • RIAA certification: uncertified
Cozz Nothin Personal[43]
  • Released: January 4, 2016
  • Chart position: uncharted
  • RIAA certification: uncertified

Upcoming releases[edit]

Artist Album Details
EarthGang Royalty EP[44]
  • Release date: January 2018
EarthGang Mirror Land[44]
  • Release date: TBA
Cozz Effected
  • Release date: 2018

Dreamville films[edit]

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