Revenge of The Dreamers III
The moment that everybody was waiting for has finally arrived. J. Cole and the Dreamville family released this past Friday their third compilation, "Revenge of The Dreamers III" under Dreamville Records and Interscope Records. The recording of the album was a 10 days period in Atlanta with all the Dreamville roster and over 100 other artists and producers who were specifically invited to the recordings sessions such as T.I., BIG K.R.I.T., Akon, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz, Meek Mill, Ludacris, Vince Staples and the list goes on. According to the videographer Chase Fade, there were different rooms with producers and artists. One room would be making trap music, another room would be making R&B and another room would be making soulful music, etc. Over 124 songs were recorded, and the only artists who weren't in the Dreamville roster who made the cut were, T.I., H.E.R., Vince Staples, Ty Dolla $ign, Reason and others.
The first song of the album is "Under The Sun" with J. Cole, Lute and DaBaby with a non-credited Kendrick Lamar on a mini-chorus. "Down Bad" is performed by J. Cole, BAS, JID, EARTHGANG and Young Nudy which was released as a single on June 29th. The exchange of verses between the Dreamville rappers was well done and the upbeat instrumental creates a good vibe to the song. Then we have "LamboTruck" featuring Reason from TDE. I wasn't a fan of the chorus but the verses between Cozz and Reason were really good especially the 3rd verse when they were rapping back and forth, you could almost feel that both rappers were trying to out rap each other. "Swivel" is a song by the duo EARTHGANG, the instrumental has a smooth gangsta vibe to it and EARTHGANG's Doctur Dot who was on the hook and the first verse had me thinking that it was J. Cole at first and I feel that he has a mix of J. Cole and T.I.'s flow mixed together. Then we have the song "Oh Wow...Swerve" which is broken into two parts. The first part is "Wow" and J. Cole's whole verse had me like WOW, but again I'm not surprised because J. Cole knows how to get deep when he raps. The part "Swerve" is a trap type of song with Maxo Kream. The following song is "Don't Hit Me Right Now" which was ok.
"Wells Fargo" is an interlude between several Dreamville artists and the way the artists were rapping, it was like a mix of a comedy style like the group The Pharcyde and a bit of OutKast. The following song is "Sleep Deprived" and so far, this is my favorite song of the album and I even had it on repeat at least 3 times in a row. The instrumental is perfect, the rappers delivered some good verses and the singer Davionne did a good job in her singing part. "Self Love" is a beautiful song with the ladies Ari Lennox, Baby Rose and rapper Bas. I think the best thing to remember from this song is "Self-love is the best love". Halfway through the album, we're at the song "Ladies, Ladies, Ladies" with JID featuring T.I. The song is an interpolation of Jay-Z's "Girls, Girls, Girls" where both rappers talk about their past relationships. Then we have the song "Costa Rica" and it's the song I preferred the least so far from the album and the hook was really annoying. "1993" is with (in order of verses), Smino, Cozz, Doctur Dot, JID and J. Cole, and at the beginning of each verse, instead of passing each other a mic, the rappers were passing a joint to each other.
We have the following songs "Rembrandt...Run It Back" featuring Vince Staples and "Sunset" which I wasn't a big fan of both songs. The song "Got Me" is featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Dreezy. The song is about the artists singing and rapping about their loyalty to their partner and honestly, Dreezy had the best verse in the whole song because everything she said in her verse was just "Damn that's some deep s**t". Then we have "Middle Child" from J. Cole and I think I need don't need to say anything about this song since it's been out since January 2019 and we all know that J. Cole killed this song. "PTSD" has to be one of the realest and deepest song of the album and it has a good vibe to it too. The last song of the album is "Sacrifices" and the instrumental has a nice vibe into it. It was hard to get into the song at first but J. Cole verses were the ultimate finisher of the whole album. What Cole had to say in this song was really deep as he raps about his relationship with his wife and he finishes by indicated that he is waiting for another child with her. Congratulations to both!
"Revenge of The Dreamers III" was definitely worth the wait. The compilation of the whole project has every style of hip-hop and R&B for everybody. There were certain songs that I would have cut off from the project but overall it was a good album to listen to. Now it's time to wait for J. Cole's next album!!
Score : 3.8/5