It would be extremely difficult when speaking about rap groups that had a better year than Dreamvillehas had last year. Dropping possibly one of the biggest collaborative projects in Hip Hop history Revenge of the Dreamers III, the controlled chaos that J. Cole was able to create, it delivered an energy that has been unmatched to this day. It was around this time last year (January 2019) where the recording sessions for the album took place–and out of the 142 songs recorded, only 18 were selected. There were rumors about a deluxe edition dropping–and by the looks of it, that may be happening pretty soon. Dreamville dropped a pack consisting of two songs: “Buss It” by Ari Lennox and “Still Up” by EARTHGANG feat. Reason.
“Buss It” is one of the solo cuts that Ari Lennox was working on that didn’t make the official cut for the album. We first caught glimpse of this song during the Revenge Documentary (around the 15:00 mark) and many fans assumed that since it didn’t make the album, that it would Gian a placement on Ari’s sophomore project whenever she begins working on it. This song is simply a seductive cut about intimate attractions between Ari and a love interest. The amount of metaphors and innuendos places all throughout this song allows it to remain clean yet still get the point across to anyone who can’t read between the lines. “Still Up” seems to be the most fitting for the time and place that not only EARTHGANG, but the entire Dreamville is in. Securing their Grammy nomination for “Down Bad” and for the entire album–anyone who was in doubt of Dreamville’s standing in the rap game, or those who felt that the entire recording sessions were just a gimmick in order to sell records–this song is one to clear all of that up. This pocket is one that EARTHGANG is most familiar for, and they grace the track effortlessly, while Reason follows and keeps up that momentum during his verse.
Stream the two new tracks below and be sure to revisit Revenge of the Dreamers III here!