Various Artists - Revenge of the Dreamers II (C+)

I wish more record companies would do this, especially smaller ones. Revenge of the Dreamers II is a compilation album featuring members of Dreamville Record Company. J. Cole opens the album with a short solo track which flows seamlessly into a collab with Bas which is just as sweet. The crew from Dreamville is small (Cole, Bas, Cozz, Omen) but they bring weight to the ring. Surprisingly the album has a recognizable continuity to it, which is rare in records like this one, so it's clear they put work into it rather than just grabbing singles from the artists and throwing them together. In addition to the core four (would Cole Four have been clever? LmK) they feature a few other artists including Ari Lennox, who released one of my favorite singles last year ("Bound") independently and then disappeared. Hopefully this is a sign that she's got something planned for 2016! Don't sleep on anyone here, I'm linking the whole album so just let it flow.