Their revenge is not to be ignored.
Coming off of an incredible streak of top-notch features, a record-breaking hit single ("Middle Child"), and more, J. Cole assembled his Avengers-like team, and with 343 invites, 1 studio, 12 studio setups, 4 cameras, 10 sleepless nights, and 142 songs recorded, brought to us a compilation album of 18 final songs, 34 artists, and 27 producers that will be remembered in hip-hop history for years to come— Revenge of the Dreamers 3.
The album opens up with a soulful sample of "I'll Be Waiting For You" by the Argo Singers that soon becomes the melody for the bouncing "Under the Sun", which features J. Cole, Lute (who shows out all the way on the album), DaBaby, and highly unexpected (and uncredited), Kendrick Lamar. Each of them completely eat this track, and whose verse is the best is debated still, months later.
The next track, "Down Bad", was released as 1 of 4 singles dropped prior to the album's release. It holds a fun, gritty sound as JID, Cole, Young Nudy, Bas, and Johnny Venus (Star MVP) glide effortlessly on the beat. I'm still ready to argue over Bas having the best verse, idc lol.
"LamboTruck" was widely disliked as 1 of the 4 singles due to its hook, but if you're a fan of hard, grimy southern sounds and the fantastical idea of robbing the heads of major labels to cash out, this song is perfect for you. Cozz opens hungry for more, explaining struggling finances and his scheme to get money. REASON floats into the track with an ever present appetite that leads into one of the most entertaining exchanges this year, while Childish Major expresses the necessities when "green" is the goal.
The fourth track, "Swivel", dominated solely by Johnny Venus and WowGr8 (formerly Doctur Dot) of EARTHGANG, is sure to send chills of the dangers that lurk. Johnny Venus seriously showed out on this album; all of his verses are memorable throughout the album. This track is immensely reflective of life being held by a small thread and warns to watch out.
"Oh Wow...Swerve" is one of two 2-part tracks, and quickly proves why being careful with such is so important. The first half, featuring J. Cole and the Zoink Gang (which consists of JID, Smino, Buddy, and Guapdad 4000), includes a vibey, simple hook and an eerily dark verse cascaded with bars about the darkness of life and food for thought. This entire half establishes an amazing aesthetic that is quickly uprooted by the 180 that takes place in the uptempo second half, "Swerve", which features an energetic verse from Maxo Kreme and a sluggish hook from KEY!.
"Don't Hit Me Right Now" is likely the first of few "sleepers" on the album. The track is an entire vibe, from start to end, with verses from Bas, Cozz, Yung Baby Tate, Buddy (another star on the album), and certified "Hook God", Guapdad 4000. It's perfect for background music and could just as easily passed as lofi hip-hop.
"GRAB MY GUN, WE BOUT TO ROB A WELLS FARGO / COP SOME BROADS, WE NEED TO FILL A WHOLE CAR LOAD" will be iconic and highly regarded for the rest of the participants’ careers.
JID, Buddy, Johnny Venus, and Guapdad 4000 bring life to a dull point of the album through absolute fun and pure energy directed towards the robbing of a Wells Fargo bank. There is only one issue with this track— if you didn't watch the Revenge Documentary prior to listening, you will NOT appreciate its presence on the project.
Eight tracks in and we come across the highly sentimental storytelling track that covers the different ways being "Sleep Deprived" can embody in our lives. Another hitting verse from Lute about the weight that has been placed upon his shoulders through life, Mez completely rides the beat and discusses the dreams that became real for him and his affiliates from years prior, DaVionne provides a healthy switch with her higher octave hook, and Omen expresses his love lost and the emotional tragedy placed upon him through such.
The Jay-Z "Girls, Girls, Girls" rendition "Ladies, Ladies, Ladies" features the tongue-twisting JID and OG-positioned T.I. providing brief descriptions of women they've been involved with and the circumstances of their situations. Lacking a hook, this track can sway between its replay value, however it is still worth