You may not know every name in the Dreamville lineup, but you should know these songs

Rakeem "Keem" Jones

Dreamville Festival will be taking place at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh on April 6-7. This is the fourth year of one of the biggest artist-led festivals, led by J. Cole, who grew up in Fayetteville and attended Terry Sanford High School.

The lineup for this year's festival was released Thursday, and while fans will undoubtedly recognize names like Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and SZA, you might not be familiar with every name on the list. We've got you covered.

In the words of Let’s Kick It 295 founder Jimmie Dillard, let’s “get familiar” with some of the biggest hits from this year’s lineup:

J.I.D performs at Grande Stage of Mo Pop Festival at West Riverfront Park in Detroit,   Saturday, July 27, 2019.


His viral hit “Surround Sound” has amassed 55.6. million views on TikTok. Other hits include “Workin’ Out,“Off Da Zoinkys” and Stick."

Lil Yachty performs on theAmerican Express stage during Austin City Limits weekend two day three at Zilker Park Friday, Oct. 13, 2023.

Lil’ Yachty

Aside from hosting his "A Safe Place Podcast," the Atlanta rapper is known for songs like “The Secret Recipe” with J.Cole, “Poland," "One Night" and "Minnesota."

Schoolboy Q performs at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on July 7, 2019.

ScHoolboy Q

The LA rapper and avid golfer has put out hits like “Studio,” “Man of the Year” and “Collard Greens” under the TDE imprint, the same label as headliner SZA.

Sexyy Red performs at the Rave's Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023.

Sexyy Red

The St. Louis rapper recently gave birth while shooting the video for Drake’s “Rich Baby Daddy” after releasing songs like “Pound Town” and “SkeeYee."

Jeremih performs during Essence Festival on July 2, 2016, in New Orleans.


Before joining Cole on his 2014 Forest Hills Drive tour, the crooner released hits like “Birthday Sex,” “Planez" with Cole, and “Down on Me.”

EarthGang performs at the Dreamville Festival at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh on Saturday, April 2, 2022.


Dreamville signees Johnny Venus and Doctor Dot have released songs like “Sacrifices,” "WATERBOYZ," "Baptize," and "Friday."

Teezo Touchdown performs at Value City Area in Columbus, Oh., on Sunday, February 27, 2022.

Teezo Touchdown

Clad in nails, the Beaumont, Texas, artist's hits, like “Impossible,” “Familiarity” and “I’m Just A Fan,” have earned him a spot on this year’s lineup.


The Ghanaian-American artist recently appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Series performing her hit songs “SAD GIRLZ LOVE MONEY” and “Angels In Tibet.”

Lute performs at Dreamville Festival at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh on Saturday, April 1, 2023.


Also known as GoldMouf, the Charlotte native and Dreamville signee can be heard on songs like “Under The Sun” w/ Cole and DaBaby, “Still Slummin’” and “GED (Gettin Every Dollar).

Luh Tyler opens up for NLE Choppa at IU Auditorium on February 15th, 2024

Luh Tyler

The 18-year-old Florida native made a name with songs like “Change My Wayz,” “Law and Order” and “Back Flippin.”

Domani Harris opens for B.o.B. at Vinyl Music Hall during "The Elements Tour" on Friday, July 21, 2017.


As the son of Atlanta rap legend T.I., he has made a name with songs like “Forever Lasting” with Seddy Hendrix and DC Young Fly, and “Henny & Crystals.”

Feb 4, 2024; Los Angeles, CA, USA; SZA performs during the 66th Annual Grammy Awards at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY


The TDE signee is known for her hits like “Snooze,” “The Weekend,” “Good Days” and “Broken Clocks.”

Chris Brown will headline the first day of Dreamville Festival.

Chris Brown

Since releasing his first song “Run It” in 2005, Brown has since dropped hits like “Sensational,” “Under The Influence,"“Loyal” and “No Guidance” with last year’s headliner Drake.


The Afrobeats artist is known for its like “Calm Down,” “Soundgasm,” “Dumebi" and his appearance on Victony’s “Soweto.”

Southern rap legend Jeezy headlines the 'Jeezy and Friends' show at the Crown Coliseum on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. He was joined by Louisiana icon Webbie, female rap pioneer Trina and newcomer SleazyWorld Go.


The Atlanta rap legend and author has countless hits such as “And Then What,” “Go Crazy,” “Standing Ovation” and “Way Too Gone.”

R&B singer Monica in the video for PINK


The R&B songstress began her career in her teenage years with smash hits such as “The Boy Is Mine” with Brandy, “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)," “U Should’ve Known” and “Angel Of Mine."

Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd performs at the Outdoor theatre during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., Saturday, April 22, 2023.

Rae Sremmurd

Signed to Ear Drummers (the group’s name spelled backward), the pair have released hits like “No Flex Zone,” “No Type” and “Black Beatles” with Gucci Mane.

Bas performs at the Dreamville Festival on Sunday, April 3, 2022.


The Sudanese Dreamville OG is known for songs like “The Jackie” with Cole and Lil TJay, “Tribe” and “Passport Bros” with Cole.

Muni Long will perform on the second day of Dreamville Festival.

Muni Long

Her newest hit “Made For Me” can be heard playing everywhere alongside her song “Hrs & Hrs."

Cozz performs during Dreamville Festival at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh on Sunday, April 2, 2023.


The LA native and Dreamville signee is known for plotting to rob J. Cole on his hit song “LamboTruck” along with other hits like “1993” and “Knock Tha Hustle."

Omen performs at Dreamville Festival at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh on Saturday, April 1, 2023.


The Chicago MC was featured on the track “Talk to Me” with Ari Lennox off the Creed III soundtrack and known for his hit "Elephant Eyes."


The Winston-Salem native and Interscope signee is known for her songs “Freaky T,” “Yung Joc” and “Lotto (Part 2).”

Chase Shakur

After getting signed to Def Jam Recordings, the East Atlanta R&B artist released hits such as “you’re so lovely,” “Too Far Close” “x’s n o’s.”

J. Cole performs at the Dreamville Festival on Sunday, April 3, 2022.

J. Cole

The Dreamville visionary and Fayetteville native is known for hits like “Power Trip,” “Middle Child” and Drake’s “First Person Shooter.”

Nicki Minaj made her Austin performance debut headlining day two of X Games Austin. She performed on the Super Stage at Circuit of the Americas on June 5, 2015.

Nicki Minaj

The Queens MC and first female artist on Lil Wayne’s Young Money is known for hits like “Everybody” with Lil Uzi Vert, “Moment For Life," “Your Love” and “Anaconda.”

Last year, Drake brought “the pack,” so you never know what may happen this year. Get your tickets now at dreamvillefest.com. Salute to Cole, Dreamville, and every activist getting active. Peace.

Rakeem “Keem” Jones is a community advocate and father of three from the Shaw Road/Bonnie Doone area of Fayetteville. He can be reached at keemj45@gmail.com