With J. Cole’s Dreamville Records gearing up to have its biggest year yet, the label’s artists have ensconced themselves in an Atlanta recording studio to complete Revenge Of The Dreamers III, a compilation showcasing the full extent of their talent. Last week, the label sent out invites to the recording session, which has been extensively documented on social media. From the tweets, photos, and videos of the participants, fans were surprised to learn that not only were the usual Dreamville suspects — Ari Lennox, Bas, Cole, Cozz, Earthgang, Elite, JID, Lute, and Omen — invited, but almost 70 other fan favorites received invites to participate in the marathon recording session, which will last until January 16.
While the vast majority of the artists invited were producers and beatmakers who’d worked with Dreamville and Dreamville-associated artists in the past like ChaseTheMoney, Tay Keith, and Kenny Beatz, a few big-name rappers — including Big KRIT, Wale, and Vince Staples — have also turned up on the invites list. There are also some up-and-coming stars of the future like Buddy, Reason, and Ski Mask The Slump God, which adds up to one impressively star-studded mash-up of possible collaborations. Check out the full list below.
Anonxmous is a Grammy-nominated producer who worked with Nicki Minaj on “Anaconda” and Earthgang on “Robots.”
Beam produced two tracks on 21 Savage’s I Am > I Was album, “Ball W/o You” and “Good Day.”
KRIT and J. Cole go way back, sharing a long history of collaborations, including “They Ready” with Kendrick Lamar and “I’m On 2.0” with Trae The Truth.
Big Gator Bossman
Bossman is a rapper and producer who produced two tracks on Kyle’s Light Of Mine, “Ikuyo” and “Games.”
Bink! is a hip-hop legend responsible for some of Jay-Z’s most vital tracks including “1-900-Hustler,” “Blueprint (Momma Loves Me),” and Rick Ross’s “Santorini Greece.”
Black Metaphor is a producer who made beats for Jeezy (“Get Right”), Meek Mill (“In God We Trust”), and Rick Ross (“Idols Become Rivals”).
Brian “Malik” Baptiste
Malik’s connection to Dreamville stems from his work with Earthgang on “Stuck.”
Brilliant Mack’s current credits include work on Big Boi’s album Boomiverse in 2017.
Buddy is a rising star from Compton, California whose debut album Harlan & Alondra was one of 2018’s standouts.
Cardiak is a well-established underground producer who has been active since 2008 and worked with Cole on “Immortal.”
Ced Brown is one of Dreamville’s in-house producers. He’s contributed tracks to any number of the label’s albums, most recently appearing on Bas’ Milky Way on “Designer.”
ChaseTheMoney produced “Off Deez,” from the JID’s album DiCaprio 2. He’s also worked extensively with Chicago upstart Valee.
Cheeze Beatz is a rising talent who has produced for Bhad Bhabie, Cardi B, and Migos.
Childish Major is a Dreamville go-to, crafting beats for Bas, J. Cole, and JID.
Christo is JID’s biggest production partner, contributing to most of the beats on DiCaprio 2.
Cousin Stizz is a Boston rapper whose profile has steadily risen in recent years with multiple independent EPs leading to an RCA Records contract.
D Sanders is one of TDE standout Isaiah Rashad’s go-to producers.
Deanté Hitchcock is a smooth Atlanta rapper whose soulful style fits right in among Dreamville’s heartfelt spitters.
Deputy is responsible for two of J. Cole’s biggest recent hits, “ATM” and “Neighbors.”
Dijon Stylez is a producer from Atlanta who is affiliated with Big Boi.
DJ Dark Knight
Dark Knight comes to the project through his association with JID’s Spillage Village crew.
DJ Komari is Ari Lennox’s DJ.
DJ Nitrane is Bas’ tour DJ.
Ducko is the producer behind Drake’s Lauryn Hill-sampling loose single “Draft Day.”
DZL (pronounced Diesel) worked with 6Lack on “Ex Calling.”
Groove co-produced Earthgang’s “Flickted.”
Another Spillage Village producer who produced “EdEddnEddy” for JID.
!llmind has worked with everyone from The Carters to Skyzoo, but developed his working chemistry with J. Cole on the 2014 track “Love Yourz.”
J-Bo is one of Mike Will Made-It’s EarDrummer producers, responsible for work on Juicy J’s “Bandz A Make Her Dance” and Rae Sremmurd’s “Perplexing Pegasus.”
Jay Kurzweil produced three tracks on Bas’ 2018 album Milky Way.
Jetson Made is a rising producer who has worked with 21 Savage, Lil Wayne and Young Nudy.
Juro “Mez” Davis
Mez is Dreamville’s in-house mixing engineer and has worked with J. Cole since his first mixtape.
K Camp is probably best known for hits like “Comfortable” and “Cut Her Off.”
Kal Banx produced six tracks from IDK’s critically-acclaimed 2017 project, IWasVeryBad.
Kenny Beats is the producer largely responsible for the punishing tracks that made Rico Nasty a punk rap standout last year.
Kid Hazel produced six tracks on 21 Savage’s I Am > I Was.
Appropriately, one of Massachusetts rapper’s Luke Bar$ best-known tracks is 2016’s “Dreams.”
Marz is an Ear Drummers producer with credits on Future’s Pluto, Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, and Rae Sremmurd’s Sr3mm.
Meez’ connection with Dreamville runs deep, with seven track placements on Cozz’ album, Effected.
Mike Hector is best known for producing Kendrick Lamar’s “God.”
Needlz has been around for a long time, producing for 50 Cent at the height of his popularity, Lupe Fiasco during his come-up, and most recently Cardi B on her 2018 debut.
OG Parker is one of Migos’ go-to producers, crafting beats for songs like “Slippery” and “Walk It Talk It.”
Pluss is yet another Ear Drummers producer with credits on Beyoncé’s “Formation,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” and several tracks for Rae Sremmurd.
A member of 808 Mafia, Pyrex is a rising producer best known for work with fellow up-and-comers Lil Gotit and Lil Keed.
Rapper Big Pooh
The North Carolina connection is strong as the former Little Brother member joins fellow Carolinians J. Cole and Lute in the studio.
TDE rookie Reason made a splash last year with the re-release of his debut album There You Have It under the Southern California imprint.
Reese is a rising Atlanta rapper/producer who originally worked with the group Two-9 before striking out on his own.
Ron is an in-house Dreamville musician who contributes live instrumentation to many of the label’s releases.
Ricky Felix is a producer and songwriter from Brockton who comes to the project by way of his affiliation with Cousin Stizz
Ski Mask The Slump God
Ski Mask The Slump God is a rising rapper from South Florida who joined JID on the 2018 XXL Freshman cover.
Symbolyc One (S1)
S1 has been around for quite some time, producing for Jay-Z, Kanye, Little Brother, and Lupe Fiasco.
Supah Mario is another industry vet who’s contributed to projects from Drake, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, and Young Thug.
T-Minus is the Canadian producer who made his name giving hit beats to Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and more. In 2018, he linked up with J. Cole for the KOD track “Kevin’s Heart.”
Tay Keith is a breakout producer from Memphis who crafted some of 2018’s biggest hits, including BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive,” Drake’s “Nonstop” and Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode.”
The notoriously iconoclastic Long Beach rapper is best known for cracking wise on Twitter and crafting crackly, anti-pop rap gems that somehow still become fan favorites.
Aside from being one of J. Cole’s closest friends in the industry — they shared their respective mixtape come-ups as well as featuring on XXL‘s first two official Freshman covers — Wale has been the most active participant documenting the creative processes going on in the session, where he appears to have great working chemistry with Reason.
Westside Gunn is a rapper from Buffalo, New York, who is best known from helping his independent label Griselda go from relatively under-the-radar to a hot enough commodity to sign to Eminem’s Shady Records in just a few short years.
Young Nudy is a rising Atlanta rapper who also happens to be 21 Savage’s cousin.
Lan is an up-and-coming producer whose most recent placements include songs from Blac Youngsta and Tekashi 69.