Manager and music executive Ibrahim Hamad takes us on his long journey from meeting a then-unknown rapper named J.Cole in college to becoming his manager to helping him build a label, a festival and a media company as partners. Modest and soft spoken, for Cole’s entire career Hamad has balanced friendship and business, acting as a sounding board, idea man, and relentless executor. And he learned how to do it all while on the job. In this episode he explains how he gets the best out of J.Cole, the pressure he puts on himself, and his vision for the future of Dreamville.
Firmly based in West Coast rap, South Central native Cozz was born Cody Osagie, a birth name that also became the title of his calling-card single.
Uploaded in early 2014, his introspective cut “Dreams” hit the net hard and impressed rapper J. Cole, who signed Cozz to his Dreamville imprint.
The track landed on Cozz’s 2014 debut, Cozz & Effect, which also featured the Meez-produced single “Cody Macc.”
Idea Generation Ep. 2 - Ibrahim Hamad
Dreamville Fest coming in 2022!
A word from our favorite news anchor. Dreamville fest is returning in 2022, April 2nd and 3rd. Head on over to Dreamvillefest.com for further info. We back outside!🌻☁️
Directed by Jordan Riggs
Dreamville Fest 2022 is coming!
🌻 See you in Raleigh, NC in April 2022! @dreamvillefest ☁️ Be the first to get alerted for tickets 🎫 Sign up now at Dreamvillefest.com
Dreamville & Apple Partner With MGP for Marketing Bootcamp
Dreamville Ventures has partnered with Apple and Marcus Graham Project to provide sponsorship for 12 talented individuals participating in the iCR8 Bootcamp, MGP’s flagship program dedicated to shaking up the marketing and media industry.
Billboard Article: J. Cole’s Dreamville & Apple Partner With MGP for Marketing Bootcamp
Apple Here for the ICR8 Summer Bootcamp
Dreamville Expands, Launches Content Studio
Dreamville Records has announced the formation of Dreamville Ventures, a multi-disciplinary media company, and Dreamville Studios, a content studio that will produce original and co-produced content. Coming aboard to lead the new division is Damien Scott, president of Dreamville, and Candace Rodney, who serves as Dreamville executive vice president and president of Dreamville Studios.
Don't Hit Me Right Now - Bas, Cozz, Guapdad4000, Yung Baby Tate, Buddy
Revenge can’t stop! The next video from the Platinum Certified album is here!
Listen to Revenge of The Dreamers III
ItsTheReal Quarantine Radio w/ Elite, Cozz & Omen
Today on Episode 39 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to North Carolina to talk with producer Elite about his collaborations with J. Cole and Ari Lennox, his college days interning and then producing for Ruff Ryders, meeting Cole through a Canibus website forum, the dreams of one day winning a Grammy award, the weight of the quarantine on one’s creativity, controlling what one can control, how he ended up in an AirBNB in North Carolina and so much more! We then connect with Cozz out in Los Angeles to discuss the time his mom punished him in middle school by taking away his haircuts, how weird it is to see empty streets around town, what he’s been learning from the internet these days, who he really connected with during the Revenge III sessions, how schedules are just not for him, and more! And then we dial up Omen out in Chicago and get into how he and Cole also met via that same Canibus site, the connection they forged by battling verses over text, how he’s positioned to finish quarantine with the best hair situation, the pride he felt in Barack Obama – who lived in his same neighborhood – being elected President of the United States, the momentum he felt for Dreamville throughout 2019 and the uncertainty that 2020 has brought, the excitement that comes from fine-tuning his music and much more! Available now wherever podcasts are playing
Listen to QUARANTINE RADIO with Elite, Cozz & Omen
LamboTruck - Cozz Feat. Reason & Childish Major
Cozz and Reason bring you the next visual from #ROTD3
Listen to Revenge of The Dreamers III
REVENGE OF THE DREAMERS III: DIRECTORS CUT OUT NOW
Dubbed as one of hip hop’s biggest collaborations (Noisey, MTV), Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers III compilation album today received a deluxe version aptly titled Revenge of The Dreamers III: Director’s Cut. The GRAMMY-nominated album which features Dreamville artists J.I.D, Ari Lennox, EarthGang, Bas, Omen, Lute and Cozzalso invites back artists who attended the now-infamous Tree Sound Sessions in Atlanta, GA.
Revenge of The Dreamers III: Director's Cut
Dubbed as one of hip hop’s biggest collaborations (Noisey, MTV), Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers III compilation album today received a deluxe version aptly titled Revenge of The Dreamers III: Director’s Cut.”
For Your Grammy Consideration
Best Rap Album of The Year, Best Rap Performance (Middle Child), Best Rap Performance (Down Bad) nominee.
Listen to Revenge of the Dreamers III
Dreamville Fest 2020!
We Back! @dreamvillefest is coming back in 2020 🙏🏽🙌🏽 tickets on sale now at dreamvillefest.com #DreamvilleFest #Dreamille
Cozz Appears on "Cookin' It With Ayydé"
Cozz learns how to chef-up a traditional Nigerian stew from his father, while discussing his current and future projects on ‘Cookin’ It With Ayydé’.
Revenge of The Dreamers III Now!
Revenge of The Dreamers III
This is the third compilation in the series. With the entire Dreamville team on the project as well as guest features from DaBaby, Reason, SABA, Buddy and more.”
REVENGE III: A Dreamville Film
This is the official documentary chronicling the Revenge of the Dreamers III sessions in January 2019 at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
Revenge of The Dreamers III Now!
Cozz Throws A Friendsgiving
Cozz hosts the ultimate Thanksgiving w/ his friends Karen Civil, Eric Bellinger, Kap G, Mir Harris, G Perico and special guest J. Cole!.
Listen to Effected by Cozz
DJ Megan Ryte x Cozz - So Close
DJ MeganRyte x Cozz link up for “So Close” mixtape video off the collab project “Aftermath of My Dreams” dropping this week 11/7 #Dreamville #MitteeGang
Cozz Joins Dom Kennedy for Win or Lose Tour
Catch Effected this Winter as he joins Dom Kennedy for the Win or Lose Tour. Tickets below.
10/28 – St. Andrews Hall / Detroit, MI. / Tickets
10/30 – Fubar / St. Louis, MO. / Tickets
10/31 – Park West / Chicago, IL. / Tickets
11/3 – SONY Hall / New York, NY. / Tickets
11/4 – The Trocadero Theatre / Philadelphia, PA. / Tickets
11/7 – The Opera House / Toronto, ON. / Tickets
11/8 – Rams Head Live! / Baltimore, MD. / Tickets
11/9 – The Fillmore Silver Spring / Silver Spring, MD. / Tickets
11/10 – The Underground / Charlotte, NC. / Tickets
11/11 – Masquerade (Heaven) / Atlanta, GA. / Tickets
11/13 – The Parish at House of Blues / New Orleans, LA. / Tickets
11/15 – White Oak Music Hall / Houston, TX. / Tickets
11/17 – Sunshine Theatre / Albuquerque, NM. / Tickets
11/18 – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom / Denver, CO. / Tickets
11/20 – Marquee Theatre / Tempe, AZ. / Tickets
11/23 – Fremont Theater / San Luis Obispo, CA. / Tickets
11/24 – Ventura Theater / Ventura, CA. / Tickets
11/26 – The Regency / San Francisco, CA. / Tickets
11/28 – Hawthorne / Portland, OR. / Tickets
11/29 – The Neptune / Seattle, WA. / Tickets
12/1 – The Catalyst / Santa Cruz, CA. / Tickets
12/2 – Ace of Spades / Sacramento, CA. / Tickets
12/5 – Vinyl / Las Vegas, NV. / Tickets
12/7 – SOMA / San Diego, CA. / Tickets
12/11 – The Observatory OC / Santa Ana, CA. / Tickets
DREAMVILLE FEST LINEUP
Long awaited line-up for the Dreamville Fest is out! Headliners include: J. Cole, SZA, Big Sean, Young Thug, Nelly and many more!
The festival will be benefiting Dreamville Foundation
and Dix Park Conservancy
Cozz for LA Times
Cozz sat down with LA Times to talk Effected, Tour Life, Dreamville and more!
“I feel like it’s my best work to date,” the 24-year-old rapper said, “so I hope people receive it the same way. I just dropped the video for ‘Bout It,’ and a lot of people just now heard that and they’re going back and they’re, like, ‘Yo, I gotta listen to the whole album now.’ Just based off the reactions of certain songs… and the fact that they are saying, ‘Yo, I gotta listen to the whole thing now,’ it’s just great.”
Read here: L.A. Times
The Nyla Symone Show x Cozz
Cozz sat down with The Nyla Symone Show after a sold-out show at S.O.B.s for his Effected Tour. They discuss his new album ‘Effected’, music inspirations, signing to Dreamville, and working with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, and Smoke DZA.
Stream Effected Now!