“Dreams Come True” is f***ing awesome

September 21, 2009

 This is Phở♛ Awesome!

 

“Dreams Come True” was recently spotted on the self-described “awesome machine” This Is F***ing Awesome!  Thanks, IFA.  We f****ing agree.


Pizon, EJ, and Timid are The Fam

April 1, 2009

L to R: Timid, Pizon, and EJ

In a climate where everyone is out to prove superiority for his or her region, The Fam is on a mission to shatter geographical boundaries and establish dominance on a higher level. Conceived over half a decade ago as a loose collective, the now tightly knit trio prepares to unleash its long-awaited album Family Business, which aims to set a new standard for the group record in Hip Hop. While most rap groups are limited either by members who share the same backgrounds and experiences and are thus often indistinguishable from one another, or by performers lacking in chemistry whose forced collaborations often fall flat, The Fam faces neither of these problems. Pizon is a native of Queens, New York, who overcame tragedy in his personal life by using music as his outlet, emerging with a pedigree from the legendary Rawkus Records. EJ, born and raised in Galveston, Texas, draws influence from the classics and seamlessly combines east coast lyricism with dirty south flavor. Timid has lived throughout the United States and abroad, giving him a global perspective whose laid back demeanor is best exemplified by his calling Hawaii home. Though they have established themselves individually, the three members of The Fam have been closely associated for years, making this group effort a natural step in their progression. They recorded most of the album in the same studio together, which in itself is a statement in today’s copy-and-paste Pro Tools age. The lead single “Dreams Come True” achieved success on airwaves and in clubs, receiving spins from the biggest Hip Hop station in Washington, DC down to college and Internet radio, and being featured on many DJs’ playlists, mixtapes, and podcasts. Recently, “Get Off My Ass” featuring Kon Artis of D12 (who also produced the track under his Mr. Porter alias, by which he is known for composing hits such as 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P.” and G-Unit’s “Stunt 101″) premiered on the radio and Vlad TV, where it enjoyed over 30,000 plays in its first ten days. Other producers on the album include Domingo (Eminem, Fat Joe, Big Pun, KRS-One, Rakim) and Kno of the CunninLynguists (Lil Scrappy, Masta Ace, Jay-Z’s White Albulum).

Aside from traditional promotional methods, The Fam employs the newest technological advances to stay ahead of the competition. To keep close personal contact with their fans, The Fam makes use of a voicemail/update service provided by SayNow, who has given them their own dedicated phone number and classified them as Stars alongside the likes of Soulja Boy, The Jonas Brothers, and TI. The pre-album mixtape Family Affair was distributed online for free, and contained voice messages left by the fans who called into this line. The Fam runs a 24/7 streaming video channel called FamTV, which was verified by the Mogulus network and is used to broadcast live performances, behind the scenes clips, music videos, and extras. An on-demand feature and chat room — utilized to host live chats with members of The Fam — are also included. The Fam’s official street team was organized from a central networking hub and attracted members throughout the world who volunteered to help spread the word in exchange for music industry experience and merchandise. Between the three members and the group itself, The Fam has over 100,000 collective friends on MySpace who are kept up to date with bulletins and status updates. Pizon also maintains a blog site on which he posts exclusive content, and Timid runs the Hip Hop e-zine OneTwoOneTwo.com.

Members of The Fam have performed at the New York City Marathon, which is the largest of its kind in the world, every year since 2006. They’ve done shows throughout the United States and beyond, even taking the stage at the New Year’s Nation party in Los Angeles that saw Travis Barker and DJ AM reuniting for the first time since their near fatal plane crash. Pizon hosted a Monty-nominated cable television show in the DC area, and his volunteer work includes starting the charity Hip Hop Is Not the Enemy which raises money to fight domestic violence. EJ set up a relief fund to aid victims of Hurricane Ike in his home city, and Timid is an advocate for alternative medicine and teaches Tai chi. The Fam has also been involved with voter outreach, appearing at political rallies and protests.

Though this may seem like an impossibly difficult grind, to The Fam it’s just Family Business. With the album now on the horizon, it’s become evident that there is no beating The Fam. One’s best hope is to try to join them.


“Dreams Come True” a music priority for East Coast Digital Radio

December 3, 2008

With the releases of the Family Affair mixtape and upcoming Family Business album, The Fam’s “Dreams Come True” maintains its presence on the charts.  This is the latest music priorities list from www.eastcoastdigitalradio.com, a leading site for breaking rap music.

East Coast Digital Radio-1st Week Of December 2008 Music Priorities

01. Swissivory, Young Droppa, B. Stone “Come On”
02. ISWHAT?! “A Bronx Tale Soul Take”
03. Gwap Boyz “Bend” ft Kiotti
04. Black-Steele “Gangsta Lean”
05. Abiss “Heart Beat Hop”
06. Lix dot Kong ft. Inga Indi “She’s Amazing”
07. Da Free Agents “My Dream” ft Royce Da 5’9
08. The Fam “Dreams Come True”
09. WMS THE SULTAN Feat Kool G Rap, Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, Q, Leanne, Static, Lady Luck, Grafh “Eastcoast Music Part 2″
10. Atllas “This Is My Show” (Street)
11. Rasheeda “Boss Chick” (Clean)


“Dreams Come True” tops The Track Meet

October 22, 2008

RapReviews.com writer Nervous has created a “Hot or Not”-like site for music, where users can listen to song samples and anonymously rate what they hear on a scale of 1 to 10.  In his words:

Like a lot of you, I have spent a considerable amount of time on sites like MySpace and SoundClick checking out other people’s music and trying to get them to check mine out too.

One day, I had a brainstorm: wouldn’t it be nice to have a place where you did not have to worry about heavy graphics and big files loading and could just concentrate on the tracks? No marketing tricks, just go from track to track and concentrate on the music?

The result of this idea is The Track Meet, to which we happily contributed “Dreams Come True” for rating purposes.  After all, who knows more about what’s really hot than the listeners themselves?

The listeners have spoken, and “Dreams Come True” is solidly holding down the #1 spot in the Top 50, currently averaging nearly two points above the next highest rated track.  Though the lead single from the upcoming Family Business album has appeared on record charts and received industry shine, this is something of a “People’s Choice” type distinction coming directly from the listening public.  So for that, we thank you.

And don’t forget to vote yourself:  when it comes to the Track Meet, you don’t have to wait another two weeks for your voice to be heard!


“Dreams Come True” on DJ’s Latinos top 100

September 9, 2008

The DJ’s Latinos record pool and entertainment group have released their singles charts for the month of August, and “Dreams Come True” made #36 on the Top 100 in the Reggaeton/Hip Hop & R&B/Dance category.  The Fam beat out artists such as N.E.R.D., Keri Hilson, Tego Calderon, 50 Cent, Don Omar, Nelly Furtado, and more.  Once again, the lead single from the upcoming Family Business album demonstrates the group’s ability to appeal to a wide range of listeners.

Reggaeton / Hip Hop & R&B / DANCE

1. WISIN Y YANDEL / SIGUELO / MACHETE
2. ANGEL & KHRIZ / NA DE NA / MACHETE
3. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS / LLORO POR TI (Remix by MAMBO KINGZ) / UNIVERSAL
4. KLUBJUMPERS FT. SOUL TEMPO / ALL THE KINGS HORSES / MUSIC AVENUE
5. KC JOCKEY FT. DJ LBR / RUNWAY BOUNCE / SWEETSADIE’S
6. CARIBBEAN CONNECTION / CONTROLANDO EL AREA / MACHETE MUSIC
7. ANGEL Y KHRIZ FT.WAYNE WONDER / DANCE / MACHETE
8. PUSSYCAT DOLLS / WHEN I GROW UP / INTERSCOPE
9. IVY QUEEN / DIME / DRAMA RECORDS
10. J-COST / QUISIERA (REMIX) / LOUDAS 68
11. ROBYN / HANDLE ME (REMIXES) / INTERSCOPE
12. BELANOVA / CADA QUE (MOOD-FU REMIX) / UNIVERSAL
13. CHAMBAO / PAPELES MOJADOS / SONY BMG
14. DJ NELSON / STRIP CLUB / UNIVERSAL
15. TRU FAM FT. MISHELL / EXPLODE / 4 LIFE ENT
16. SNOOP DOGG / SEXUAL ERUPTION REMIXES / GEFFEN RECORDS
17. MJ / HE VENIDO / MACHETE MUSIC
18. EDDY LOVER / LUNA / MACHETE MUSIC
19. K-LETHAL / DA SYSTEM / AMATHUS URBAN
20. PROJECT 155 / FEELING YOUR BODY / AMATHUS URBAN
21. E.U. JUNIE FT. GODzend / CAUGHT UP / DOUBLE O RECORDS
22. LA LUPE / FEVER (SINDEN REMIX) / EMUSICA RECORDS
23. PAPI SANCHEZ / HAZME EL AMOR EN LA PLAYA / PLANET RECORDS
24. KARINA / VIVIENDO / STARLIGHT BEATS
25. BABY RANKS / NOCHE DE CARNAVAL / STARDOME LATINO
26. RIHANNA FT. DAVID BISBAL / HATE THAT I LOVE YOU / ISLAND DEF JAM
27. ASHLEE SIMPSON / LITTLE MISS OBSESSIVE / GEFFEN RECORDS
28. LADY GAGA FT. COLBY O’DONIS / JUST DANCE / INTERSCOPE
29. PACHEMAN & GRISELITO / QUE LA LAMBAN / MACHETE MUSIC
30. WISIN Y YANDEL / AHORA ES / MACHETE MUSIC
31. ANGEL & KHRIZ / LA VECINA / MACHETE MUSIC
32. LUNY TUNES presents ERRE XL / CARITA BONITA / MACHETE MUSIC
33. BRENDALY / NA NA NA / PRO MOTION REV
34. EL BOODAH FT. J-COST / DIRTY PAYPA/BRUJERIA / LOUDES 68
35. TOMMY TORRES ft. Hector El Father / PEGADITO / WARNER MUSIC LATIN
36. THE FAM FT. JACOB / DREAMS COME TRUE / LA SCALA/HEAD NOD
37. ZION Feat. DE LA GHETTO / YOUR BODY / CMG
38. NEJO & DALMATA Ft. ARCANGEL / ALGO MUSICAL / UNIVERSAL
39. WISIN & YANDEL / SEXY MOVIMIEMTO / MACHETE
40. TONY DIZE FT. YANDEL / PERMITAME / MACHETE
41. ALEXIS & FIDO Feat TOBY LOVE / SOY IGUAL QUE TU / SONY BMG
42. N*E*R*D / EVERYONE NOSE / STAR TRAK
43. KERI HILSON / ENERGY / MOSLEY MUSIC
44. XANDEX / LAS GATITAS / NUMIX RECORDS
45. GIRLICIOUS / LIKE ME / INTERSCOPE
46. L. NEGRO FT. ARO SANCHEZ / CHIKA PLAHTIKA / TWINZLIAIZON
47. KC JOCKEY / TALK OF DA TOWN (Jukk Jukk) Radio / SWEET SADIE’S
48. BELANOVA / BAILA MI CORAZON (REMIXES) / UNIVERSAL
49. VOLTIO Feat. JOWELL & RANDY / PONMELO / SONY BMG
50. NICKY JAM Feat. RKM / GAS PELA / UNIVERSAL
51. OPTIMO FDL / HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE REMIX / SONY BMG
52. DEL’ PATIO / LO PALO / TIBURON RECORDS
53. KR MORALES / COME GET IT feat. MANDY BARRY / MSM MUSIC
54. IVY QUEEN / MENOR QUE YO / DRAMA RECORDS
55. BATISTA / DAME TU AMOR (The Remixes) / ESNTION LATINO
56. JAE-P Feat. ELIKA CRESPO / TAKE IT TO THE FLOOR / UNIVISION
57. LOS TNT / LLEGARON LOS TAITAS / La Corporacion
58. L.C.D.(Kiko Figa Feat.Tony Tekillah) / LA ESCUELA DEL PERREO / SUNFLOWER ENT
59. RBD / INALCANZABLE(DANCE RADIO MIX) / EMI TELEVISA
60. TITO EL BAMBINO / SOLO DIME QUE SI / EMI TELEVISA
61. CASA DE LEONES / SHORTY / WARNER MUSIC
62. EL ROOCKIE / PARECE SINCERA / MACHETE MUSIC
63. LA LUPE / BESITO PA TI (Rosabel’s Chusma Dub) / EMUSICA RECORDS
64. PROPHETA / SABROSURA (Dance Remix) / SUNFLOWER ENT
65. DE LA GHETTO / ESE MAHON Feat. YOWELL / MASSACRE MUSICA
66. MAGNETO / NUESTRO AMOR ES ASI / MACHETE
67. VAKERO / SE PARTIO EL LAPIZ / SUNFLOWER ENT
68. RKM Y KEN-Y / MIS DIAS SIN TI / UNIVERSAL
69. GLORIA TREVI / PSICOFONIA (REMIXES) / UNIVISION RECORDS
70. HECTOR EL FATHER / PA’ LA TUMBA / MACHETE
71. ZION Feat: AKON / THE WAY SHE MOVES / CMG
72. LOS SUPER REYES / MUEVELO / WARNER LATINA
73. FULANITO / MATARON EL NEGRO / CUTTING RECORDS
74. AKWID / OMBLIGO A OMBLIGO / HEADLINERS
75. SCREWIE LEWIE / GUARDIAN ANGEL / LISTO MUSIC
76. SPOKEN TRUTH / THE BEACH / LOST KOZ
77. NOTCH / QUE TE PICA / MACHETE
78. ANGEL & KHRIZ / CARITA DE ANGEL / MACHETE
79. DIRIRIRI / BUSINESS / INDEPENDENT
80. ISAAC & J- CRUZ / LUCHARE/ CON FLOW / WHITEGOLD
81. STILL ALIVE / ERES / PATRON RECORDS
82. JAE-P Feat: FRANKIE J. / SEXY GIRL / UNIVISION
83. LA FACTORIA / PERDONAMANE / PANAMA MUSIC
84. KAT DE LUNA Feat: ELEPHANT MAN / WHINE UP / EPIC
85. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS / DO YOU KNOW (The Ping Pong Song) / INTERSCOPE
86. JR RANKS / GITANA / PANAMA MUSIC
87. TEGO CALDERON / TRADICIONAL A LO BRAVO / WARNER LATINA
88. TIENES QUE SER MIA / NICKY JAM / PINA MUSIC
89. MOJIGANGA / MARIPOSA/COLE / LATINBEST MUSIC
90. ALDO RANKS / EL ALICATE / PANAMA MUSIC
91. PROFIT Feat: CAL. P. / I GET MY HUSTLE ON / RARA MUSIK
92. 50 CENT Feat: Justin Timberlake&Timbaland / AYO TECHNOLOGY / SHADY/AFTERMATH
93. DON OMAR / CALM MY NERVES / MACHETE
94. IVY QUEEN / QUE LLOREN (REMIXES) / UNIVISION REC
95. LOS VAQUEROS Ft. TONY DIZE / QUIZAS / WY RECORDS
96. NOTCH / GUAYA GUAYA / CINCO POR CINCO
97. NELLY FURTADO / SAY IT RIGHT / GEFFEN RECORDS
98. LOS VAQUEROS / PEGAO (WISIN & YANDEL) / MACHETE
99. RAKIM & KEN-Y / IGUAL QUE AYER / UNIVERSA
100. TITO EL BAMBINO / FLOW NATURAL / EMI LATIN

Source: www.djlatino.com


“Dreams Come True” on new DJ Dutam mixtape

September 7, 2008

Belgium’s DJ Dutam has included “Dreams Come True” on a recent installment of his E Legal Mixtape series.

Dj Dutam E Legal Mixtape Ep68

-Jon Hope – The Rap Life
-K-Salaam & Beatnick feat. Papoose & Busy Signal – We Gotta Take It
-The Fam – Dreams Come True
-Conscience – Family Song
-Harlem’s Cash feat. Big L – MVP
-Bishop Lamont – Grow Up
-The Game feat. Travis Barker – Dope Boys
-Termanology – Talking To God
-Queen Yonasda feat. Cappadonna – You Don’t Want No Problems
-Lupe Fiasco – Where Do I Go
-Common – The Corner rmx
-Chachi – The Best Price
-Malicious – Gettin’It
-Hell Rell – Get Ready
-Busta Rhymes – Kill The Whole Town/Blackout
-David Banner feat. Nas – Middle Finger
-Nas feat. Stic Man – Association
-Joel Ortiz – Summertime In Brooklyn
-Mo’Money Clique – Night Life Hustler
-Corey Drumz & Kirk Bananno – Come Here
-King Kun – Came From
-Derty Dem – Poppin
-Ja Rule feat. Robin Thicke – Pushin’It
-Coldheat – Listen Up
-Skillz feat. Common – So Far So Good rmx
-Kurupt – Yes Sir
-Naughty By Nature feat. Renee Neufville – Hip Hop’s Pain
-Q Da Kid – Pain Freestyle
-The Game feat. Jadakiss,Bun B, Fat Joe, Young Buck & Keyshia Cole – Pain rmx
-Dj Green Lantern feat. Akon, Fabolous & Fat Joe – I’m So Fly
-Nessbeal – On Aime ça
-Big Boi feat. Mary J.Blige – Sumthin’s Gotta Give

Download the mixtape for free here:
http://www.zshare.net/audio/17180757eafc22e5/


“Dreams Come True” featured on France’s top blog

September 7, 2008

France’s most popular Hip Hop blog, www.RapCypher.com, has featured “Dreams Come True” on the 14th installment of its Underground Noize series.  Also appearing in the series are Ill Bill, DJ Babu & MOP, Royce Da 5’9, and more.  The Fam’s single has been commonly included on mainstream playlists, so its placement here is a welcome change of pace and further testament to the widespread appeal of the record.

Underground Noize XIV (click to download)

88 Keys – Stay Up! ft Kanye West
DJ babu – Dearly Departed ft M.O.P
Hustle Simmons – A War Tour
Hustle Simmons – Celebrate ft Richie Rasheen
Ill Bill – I’m A Goon
Ill Bill – Society Is Brainwashed
Jake Lefco – Don’t Lie To Me
Jake Lefco – Solis ft Keisha Hutchins
K.Sparks – Take Em High ft Kid Cudi
Muja Messiah – Whats This World Coming To ft Slug
Raw Data – That Novel You’ve Been Writing
Riviera Regime – Hood Profrssionalz
Royce Da 5’9 – Kill Em Kid Vishis
Smoothvega – Not What You THink ft Crooked I, Royce Da 5’9 & Sinful
The Fam – Dreams Come True
The Lost Art – Find THe Strength Ft Ariano & Immo
The Lost Art – I Gotta Rhyme
The Lost Art – Lab Meditations ft Ariano


“Dreams Come True” a radio priority for national DJs

August 21, 2008

Sirius satellite radio DJs The Wonder Twinz have named “Dreams Come True” a radio priority for this week.

Adds  //  ASN  //  Road to success f/ AZ  //  Soul on a Beat Ent.
Top 20  // The Fam //  Dreams Come True  //  La Scala Ent.
Top 10  //  Lady X  //  I’m Bad  //  Bar-Red Ent. Group
Top 10  //  Precise  //  Making Music  //  Get It Right Ent.
Top 5  //  B.A.M.  //  My City  //  the war machine
#1  //  Kelli Glover  //  The Get Away  //  Over da Top Ent.

Medium rotation:
Blam //  Flash Iron  //  Ramsay Records/Blamnation
Audbol //  First Time  //  EZ Love Records
Tap Waterz  //  No Friend Of Mine  //  4 Wheelz Records

The Wonder Twinz’ national radio show can be heard on Sirius’ Hot Jamz (ch. 50) every Saturday from 6 PM to midnight EST, and every Sunday from 8 PM to midnight EST.  They are also syndicated on FM radio in 30 different cities, including Chicago, Milwaukee, Tallahassee, Philadelphia, and Columbus.

Click here to see a complete listing.


“Dreams Come True” enters the charts in PA

August 18, 2008


TOP 50 DANCE/URBAN PLAY LIST

BG Promotions (Pennsylvania)

TC / LC / ARTIST / TITLE / LABEL
 

1 / 2 / LIL WAYNE / A MILLI / UNIVERSAL
2 / NE / LIL WAYNE feat. T-PAIN / GOT MONEY / UNIVERSAL
3 / 1 / CHRIS BROWN / FOREVER / JIVE
4 / NE / YUNG BERG feat. CASHA / THE BUSINESS / KOCH
5 / 3 / THREE 6 MAFIA feat. PROJECT PAT / LOLLI LOLLI / COLUMBIA
6 / 8 / V.I.C. / WOBBLE / COLLIPARK/WB
7 / 9 / BUN B. feat. RICK ROSS / YOU’RE EVERYTHING / RAP A LOT
8 / NE / T-PAIN feat. LIL WAYNE / CAN’T BELIEVE IT / JIVE
9 / 20 / HOSTYLZ feat. YUNG JOC / LOOKIN’ BOY / JIVE
10 / 4 / LLOYD / GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD / UNVERSAL
11 / 5 / SOULJA BOY feat. ARAB / YAHHH / COLLIPARK
12 / 6 / LIL WAYNE / LOLLIPOP / UNIVERSAL
13 / 7 / NELLY feat. ASHANTI & AKON / BODY ON ME / UNIVERSAL
14 / 16 / B.O.N.E.Z. / MILK IT / N.A.M.
15 / 17 / MERCEE feat. KILLEBREW / LEMME HOLLA AT YA / BURN UNIT
16 / 18 / FRED THE GODSON / GET’EM FRED / T.B.M ENT.
17 / 19 / JEAN / CARIBBEAN GIRL / SONY/BMG
18 / NE / ASHANTI / GOOD GOOD / UNIVERSAL
19 / NE / NINA SKY feat. RICK ROSS / CURTAIN CALL / J RECORDS
20 / NE / R. KELLY / SKIN / JIVE
21 / NE / E-40 feat. AKON / WAKE IT UP / WB
22 / NE / AL FAMEGA feat. T.I. / UH HUH / CAPITOL
23 / NE / AVANT / WHEN IT HURTS / CAPITOL
24 / NE / NELLY feat. CIARA / STEPPED ON MY J’Z / UNIVERSAL
25 / 30 / JESSI MALAY feat. DJ FELLI FELL / CINEMATIC / WB
26 / 31 / MAINO / HI HATER / ATLANTIC
27 / 32 / KAYO & COOP feat. JUVENILE / BUTTA / ROK EARTH
28 / 33 / GHOSTWRIDAH feat. BARACK OBAMA / DYIN’ TO SURVIVE / NORTHSTAR/BLACK
29 / 10 / HEAVY VEE / I DON’T NEED A HOOK / DOUBLE M/RAZOR
30 / 11 / ABN / WHO’S THE MAN / RAP A LOT
31 / 13 / PLIES feat. NEYO / BUST IT BABY PT.2 / ATLANTIC
32 / 14 / BIRDMAN / I RUN THIS / UNIVERSAL
33 / 34 / K.A.R. feat. DJ KHALED / THEY HATE ME MAN / KOCH
34 / 35 / LAZE & ROYAL / LIKE A PISTOL / WB
35 / 36 / SLO V & RETRO / MIAMI STRIPPER / 205 MUSIC
36 / 47 / GYPTIAN / WHERE’S MY BABY (REGGAE) / VP
37 / 48 / TRIAD / GUTTA CHICK / JIVE
38 / 49 / DOONEY “DA PRIEST” / PULL YOUR PANTS UP / MALACO
39 / 50 / NIKKOLE / E-XOTIC (REGGAE) / X-OTIC SE ENT.
40 / 23 / USHER / MOVING MOUNTAINS / LA FACE
41 / 25 / K LETHAL / DA SYSTEM / AMATHUS
42 / 26 / C GIZZLE & G MACK / STACK MY CHIPS / DOUBLE M/KOCH
43 / 29 / TONE BLACQ / MISTAKES / BIG SHOT/N.W.M.P.
44 / NE / STREET RUNNAZ CLICK / GET LOW / RUTHLESS
45 / NE / SHIRE / USED TO LOV HER / SRC
46 / NE / CLAP COGNAC / U KNOW ITTTT / UNIVERSAL
47 / NE / TOPIC feat. TREY SONGZ / I GOT TO GET IT / UNIVERSAL
48 / NE / THE FAM feat. JACOB / DREAMS COME TRUE / LA SCALA/HEAD NOD
49 / NE / SHAWTY PUTT feat. TOO SHORT / DAT BABY / RAZOR & TIE
50 / NE / O SO KRISPIE / SLUMBER PARTY / BLISS ENT.

Playlist (bi-weekly) To: All Servicing Record Companies, WUSL (Power 99) 98.9 FM (BDS), WPHI (100.3 The Beat) 100.3 FM (BDS), WIRED 96.5 FM (BDS), URBAN COALITION/NETWORK, WMGH (Power 105) 105.5 FM (Media base), WXAC/WLVR 91.3 FM (College), and URBAN TIP, Record Pool Charts.com, CMJ, and e.pro


The Making of “Dreams Come True”

August 5, 2008


I know you want one.

As I was sitting here packaging hundreds more CD singles to send to record pools and DJs, I figured I’d take some time to give the story behind how the biggest song of my career came about.

Back when we started searching for beats for the Fam album, EJ was messing with this producer from Germany named Xplosive Productions.  He kept sending over tracks that EJ would then pass to me.  I was impressed with his music, and he went on to produce “Alone I Sit,” “No Closure,” “My Piano Weeps,” and “Drunk” for And Then There Was One — earning himself a co-executive producer credit on the EP.  But the Fam project was still in its early stages, and we needed the right groove to set it off.  One day, EJ played me this new beat Xplosive turned in and said, “This is our single.”  It was perfect.  When I heard it, I imagined being on vacation with an exotic woman in a tropical paradise.  I remember envisioning a cruise ship for the video.  In describing the premise I had in mind for the song, I told him:  “Think ‘Big Pimpin” without the excessive misogyny.”  The setting would be similar, except we’d be there with the special someone we wanted to be there with.

The actual “Dreams Come True” concept came from a love letter I’d recently written.  At that time, my career was really picking up, but I told the girl that my biggest dreams still involved her and that I wanted for both of our dreams to come true together (awww).  I thought that theme would also be ideal for this new song we were working on.  Once we had the beat, the topic, and the title, we started planning the chorus.  There was a singer from North Carolina named Jacob that EJ was in talks with, so we decided to give him a shot.  We told him what we wanted and let him work his magic.  As soon as we heard his vocals over the beat, we knew we had a hit record on our hands.  All that was left was our verses.

Mine was easy.  The words just came to me, because they were from the heart.  I didn’t write a single word down — I just knew exactly what I wanted to say when it was time to record.  From a technical standpoint, I’m proud of the fact that I was able to be so lyrically complex without sacrificing accessibility.  I think that’s why the song appeals to both mainstream and underground audiences.  When was the last time you heard someone rhyme every syllable in the sentence on a pop record?

EJ was still living in Texas at the time, but he flew to New York to get some recording done for the album.  He was mad at how effortless my verse seemed.  I remember him saying, “Tell me this Jay-Z motherfucker didn’t just do that in one take.”  He and I recorded our verses in the same session.  Ironically, it was in Timid’s studio but he wasn’t there.  Timid didn’t even hear the record until after EJ and I did our parts, and for a while the song existed without him.  When we played it for him, all he said was:  “Nice.”  Inspired by Biggie’s “Who you lovin’, who you wanna be huggin'” line (and possibly a woman in his life), Timid used that as a starting point and completed his verse.  Once all the vocals were done, I took everything back to my studio and mixed it all down.

We knew the song had huge potential, but we didn’t want to push it vigorously until the timing was right.  For one, it was a summer jam so releasing it in the winter wouldn’t be as effective.  And two, the album had to be close to finished so that we could follow up on the buzz.  Although we couldn’t resist leaking it to MySpace and performing it at our big shows, we held off on any real promotion for months.  Finally, in early July we pulled the trigger.  As a result, this past month has been the most successful of any of our careers.  “Dreams Come True” has taken on a life of its own, and I feel like not just an accomplished musician, but a proud father as well.

Now if you’ll excuse me, daddy has to stuff some envelopes.


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