J. Cole’s new Dreamville compilation Revenge of the Dreamers III is out this Friday. The record was made earlier this year over the span of 10 days at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta. Artists outside the label’s roster—including Vince Staples, BJ the Chicago Kid, Swizz Beatz, Kenny Beats, and more—received public invitations to participate in the sessions.
”Revenge” reveals the competitive nature of the sessions, with rappers trying to get a spot on a producer’s track while producers vied for a spot in the limited studio space. The documentary is an intimate look behind the scenes of the production of ROTD3. ”Revenge” shows an intense, fevered production where everyone is driven to create their best work. Director David Peters filmed most of the 29-minute documentary in tight close-ups, contributing to the tense, high-stakes feel of the production.
J. Cole opens up at one point about having a hard time writing in that environment because he was switching between an “executive” role and an “artist” role. But, despite how stressed out everyone seemed to create this album, J. Cole maintained a positive attitude about the collaborative process.
Cole said in the documentary:
“I had this idea. Let’s go somewhere, lock-in, and invite a bunch of outside producers and artists to come fuck with us and just make this album.”
Watch ”Revenge” above.