Y'all remember Dreamer, only one of the most talented producers in the city (word to Fadia Kader, who kissed this city goodbye yesterday. She said that about him when we talked before she split town. More on her departure later). Well, Dreamer threw a "Go" in front of his name and dropped a killer project at the top of the year, titled Animal$ v$. Machine$. And it's full of the same crazy creative zen he brought to Hollyweerd times 10.
His new self-directed P.O.V.-style video for "She Wanna Be You" is just the latest of three he's released so far for the project. Late pass: Check out the vids for "Get Up" and "We Are the Nineteen Forever" if you haven't already. Compared to the visuals for "She Wanna Be You," they're quirkier and quirkiest, respectively speaking.
In spite (or maybe because) of his quirks, Dreamer is definitely an artist who isn't talked about enough in Atlanta — or outside the city when Atlanta is mentioned. Of all the artists who embodied that "Otherground Atlanta" hip-hop landscape that popped up about five years ago, Dreamer is still on some other shit. Suggested listening: If Hollyweerd's "Have You Ever Made Love to a Weerdo" had you on swerve in 2007/’08, peep Go Dreamer's "Good As It Gets." He manages to inhabit that rare space where rap and indie rock meet without sounding like it was forced on him by a major label A&R. I like to think of him as Native-Tongues-meets-southern-drums. The best part: He sounds nothing like the industry's stereotypical definition of Atlanta, which unfortunately is probably why both he and Hollyweerd remain unsigned to this day.
Even we at the Crib have been apt to take him for granted. But when I heard his project back in January, I knew it was going to be one of the best Atlanta releases of 2012. We've damn near reached the halfway point. Ain't nothing hittin' on it yet.
Stream/download: Go Dreamer's Animal$ v$. Machine$
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