Revenge of the Dreamers III

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Revenge of the Dreamers III
Compilation album by
RecordedJanuary 6−16, 2019
Dreamville chronology
Revenge of the Dreamers III
Singles from Revenge of the Dreamers III
  1. "Down Bad / Got Me"
    Released: June 12, 2019

Revenge of the Dreamers III is the upcoming third compilation album by American record label Dreamville, set to be released in 2019, by Dreamville Records and Interscope Records. The album will include contributions from Dreamville artists, J. Cole, Bas, Cozz, Omen, Lute, Ari Lennox, EarthGang, and J.I.D.[2]

Recording sessions for the album took place in Atlanta over the course of 10 days in January 2019. Over 100 artists and hip hop producers were invited to the sessions including, Big K.R.I.T., Mike Will Made It, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Tay Keith, T.I., Rick Ross, 9th Wonder and Wale, among others.

The album's release was supported by dual singles: "Down Bad" and "Got Me".


Poster-like invitation posted on social media by all invites to the recording sessions.

On January 6, 2019, J. Cole took to Twitter to announce the album, by uploading a gold poster-like invitation. The poster read: Your presence and participation is requested for the recording sessions of the upcoming compilation album Revenge of The Dreamers III. Recording sessions took place in Atlanta at Tree Sound Studios beginning January 6 through January 16, 2019.[3] Senior writer for DJBooth, Yoh Phillips, was invited to the recording sessions and remarked on how the whole idea came to be:

Initially, the idea was to bring the team together as a gathering of operation. Due to various touring schedules, the only available window to put Dreamville's collective troupe in one room as a unit was early January. It was decided from the "sixth to the sixteenth," a 10-day period, that creating as a community would best suit all the artists and producers. Rather quickly, the idea began to evolve, extending from merely being in-house into an invitation-only affair that spread far beyond the label.[4]

Recording and production[edit]

It was an amazing experience. Cole and the Dreamville crew brought all creatives to them all under the same roof to create the best art we could. The great energy in that building was untouched.

— Producer S1 spoke about the recording sessions.[1]

The album was recorded in Atlanta in January 2019.

Throughout the 10-days of recording, invitations were shared by the entire Dreamville roster, among other artists and producers outside of Dreamville.[5] Over 100 artists and producers were invited to the sessions.[6] Describing the scene in the several rooms of the studio, videographer Chase Fade said: "There's different energy in all of these different rooms, with a bunch of producers coming in, a bunch of rappers coming in, singers, managers, you name it. If you pop in one room and they're making trap music, you pop in another room and they're making some R&B, pop in another room and they're making some soulful stuff. You never know."[7] According to Dreamville President Ibrahim Hamad, over 124 songs were recorded,[8] as he spoke with XXL on the thought process behind the 10-day recording sessions:

[The idea for rap camp] came about some time in November [or] December. The way we did Revenge of the Dreamers II was me grabbing records and putting them together, maybe sending one to somebody to throw a verse on and then coming to Cole. I was like, "We got new energy, a whole new camp of people. Let’s try for the first time to really get in and work." The idea of that [10-day] window was ’cause I knew Bas was coming back from Africa and it was before he went on tour on the West Coast. And I knew J.I.D was going on tour. It was the only window to get everybody together. We knew it was either going to be Atlanta or L.A. I’m glad we picked Atlanta because it just has a different culture. L.A. would’ve been real industry. [In] Atlanta, the energy was just right. A lot of producers were already there. We knew that Tree Sound was a spot that was big enough and had a lot of rooms that we always rock with.[9]

List of notable artists and producers invited to recording sessions:[10]

Release and promotion[edit]

During the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, Dreamville held multiple events scheduled for the weekend, starting with an exclusive limited edition merchandise pop-up shop, a Dreamville brunch, and a private concert featuring the artists on the label taking place after the All Star game – which J. Cole was the halftime show performer. During the free concert, they previewed a few songs from the album.[22][23][24] The entire Dreamville roster was featured on the cover of XXL magazine's spring 2019 issue, shot by photographer Jonathan Mannion.[25] J.I.D spoke with the magazine talking about the album:

That’s the most creative shit I ever did. I want to do this for the rest of my life—just collab and record, be around creatives and shit. It’s all respect, all love, no egos. You making relationships with people outside of if you get a song done. Y’all probably exchange numbers. And that’s cool ’cause I like to have a conversation before I jump into creating.[26]

Dreamville representatives used hotline phone number, 1-888-88-DREAM to talk to fans and also play some exclusive tracks from the album.[27]


On June 12, 2019, the first two singles from the album were released: "Down Bad" featuring J. Cole, J.I.D, Bas, EarthGang, and Young Nudy,[28] and "Got Me" featuring Ari Lennox, Omen, Ty Dolla Sign, and Dreezy.[29] Both singles were released together as an extended play titled, 1-888-88-DREAM on all streaming platforms. The EP’s title is referencing the “1-888-88-DREAM” phone number that Cole used to announce the original Revenge of the Dreamers in 2014.[30]

Track listing[edit]

1."Down Bad" (featuring J. Cole, J.I.D, Bas, EarthGang, and Young Nudy)Pluss2:49
2."Got Me" (featuring Ari Lennox, Omen, Ty Dolla Sign, and Dreezy)


Sample credits

  • "Got Me" contains samples of "Come Over", as written by Faith Evans and Floyd Howard, and performed by Faith Evans, from the album Faith (1995).


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