Favorite tracks: "Bussit," "Up Up Away," "Big Black Truck"
Last July, Dreamville Records released their third compilation, Revenge of the Dreamers III. The record showcased the well-rounded talent of J.Cole's Dreamville squad while simultaneously putting the spotlight on new favorites like DaBaby and Ari Lennox on standout tracks like "Under the Sun" and "Self Love." This January, the group followed up their Grammy-nominated record with a deluxe version of the album titled Revenge of the Dreamers III: Director's Cut.
The new tracks open with a bang on JID's "Big Black Truck" and EARTHGANG's catchy bass line on "Still Up," followed by more soulful jams like Ari Lennox's "BUSSIT." The R&B singer's first solo track on the album brings her bright vocal range to the forefront and paves the way for softer, pensive pieces like the nostalgic album closer "Still Dreamin." It's not hard to imagine how the 12 new additions could easily stand as an album on their own. But when experiencing it as an extension of Revenge of the Dreamers III, it feels like there's nowhere better the songs belong.—Eda Yu