Revenge of the Dreamers

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Revenge of the Dreamers
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Compilation album by
ReleasedJanuary 28, 2014
Recorded2013
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Dreamville Records chronology
Revenge of the Dreamers
(2014)
Revenge of the Dreamers II
(2015)

Revenge of the Dreamers is the first compilation album by American record label Dreamville Records and was released on January 28, 2014. The album includes contributions by Dreamville artists, J. Cole, Bas, Omen, K-Quick as well as Treasure Davis. Producers on this album include, J. Cole, Omen, Ron Gilmore, Cedric Brown, K-Quick, and Jay Kurzweil.[1][2][3] The project is the first in the series and spawned two sequels: Revenge of the Dreamers II (2015)[4] and Revenge of the Dreamers III (2019).[5]

Background[edit]

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, which celebrated his 29th birthday. Attendees at the show received a flyer announcing the deal and a copy of the mixtape, while officially announcing the signing of Bas.[6] J. Cole explained the deal with Billboard saying:

Handwritten letter written by J. Cole on the Interscope deal

The tracks "Golden Goals" and "Lit" are featured on the album Last Winter (2015), and the track "Motion Picture" is featured on the album Elephant Eyes.[8][9]

Critical reception[edit]

The average rating of the mixtape from editors at HotNewHipHop was a 76%, and said "With the launch of Dreamville, it’s clear that J. Cole is about to step things up career-wise, and this mixtape serves as a great introduction to the crew. While we've heard from Bas, Omen and the others before, it was more in passing we didn't always pay them much attention. This tape does a good job at shining some light on them, while Cole plays a supportive role."[10] Jake Rohn from BET praised the label saying "the North Carolina-born MC is looking to pass on some of that shine to a few up-and-coming artists of his own with a new label home at Interscope for his Dreamville Records and the imprint's major label debut mixtape, Revenge of the Dreamers." He continued to say "Like Jermaine himself, his artists seem to understand the need to create a good song in addition to being apt lyrically. While it's still too early to tell who's got real star power, Cole just might wind up bequeathing that Roc chain to one of his artists someday."[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Lil’ Niggaz" (J. Cole)Jermaine ColeJ. Cole0:51
2."Golden Goals" (Bas)Abbas HamadJay Kurzweil2:34
3."Motion Picture" (Omen)Damon ColemenOmen3:54
4."Lit" (Bas featuring J. Cole & K-Quick)Hamad, ColeCedric Brown, Ron Gilmore4:38
5."Revenge of the Dreamers" (J. Cole)ColeCole3:54
6."Ceelo With the G’s" (Bas)HamadRon Gilmore3:37
7."Henny Flow" (Omen)ColemanOmen3:12
8."Blowin Smoke" (J. Cole)ColeCole3:20
9."Bitchez" (J. Cole featuring Bas & Omen)Cole, Hamad, ColemanK-Quick5:38
10."May The Bitter Man Win" (Treasure Davis featuring J. Cole)ColeCole4:08
11."Crooked Smile (Original)" (J. Cole)ColeCole4:28

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tardio, Andres. "J. Cole "Revenge Of The Dreamers" Cover Art, Tracklisting & Stream". HipHopDX.
  2. ^ "NEW MIXTAPE: J. COLE – 'REVENGE OF THE DREAMERS'". Rap-Up.
  3. ^ "J. Cole - Revenge Of The Dreamers Feat. Dreamville". HotNewHipHop.
  4. ^ Victoria Hernandez (December 10, 2015). "J. Cole x Dreamville "Revenge Of The Dreamers II" Cover Art, Tracklist & Album Stream". HipHopDX. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  5. ^ Sawyer, Jonathan (January 7, 2019). "J. Cole Confirms Third Dreamville 'Revenge of the Dreamers' Album". Highsnobiety. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Gale, Alex (February 10, 2014). "J. Cole Talks Dreamville Label Deal & Interscope's Joie Manda: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Gale, Alex (February 10, 2014). "J. Cole Talks Dreamville Label Deal & Interscope's Joie Manda: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  8. ^ HipHopDX (16 July 2015). "Omen "Elephant Eyes" Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist". HipHopDX.
  9. ^ Elliott, JN. "BAS REVEALS ALBUM TRACKLIST". The Source.
  10. ^ Al-Nasrawi, Rula. "Review: J. Cole's "Revenge of the Dreamers" Compilation". HotNewHipHop.
  11. ^ Rohn, Jake. "Mixtape Review: J. Cole Presents Dreamville, Revenge of the Dreamers". BET. Retrieved 13 January 2019.