The Dream Factory Sessions album is another album from Nicole Wray that went unnoticed and was unfortunately overshadowed. The album is a mixture of genres ranging from pop to soul. The album uses a healthy mixture and balance of pop, rap, and soul. Nicole sings her heart out as always. Her album is filled with romantic love songs and educational lessons.
Most of the material from Dream Factory Sessions was produced and recorded in 2004 for the Lovechild album that was supposed to be released on Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam, and Damon Dash Music Group (DDMG and DD172) back in 2005. Nicole Wray was also signed to 7 Aurelius label called Dream Factory at the time too. Most of the songs were recorded between the years of 2003 to 2006. However most of that material was produced and recorded in 2004. 7 Aurelius produced all 11 songs on this Nicole Wray album. All these songs were produced in high quality. Nicole Wray served as executive producer.
7 allowed Nicole Wray to be free and to work alongside him by producing and writing. Which can be attributed to why Dream Factory Sessions was considered outside of her natural raw singing talent. She was allowed to be creative. The Dream Factory Sessions were the most amazingly creative time of her life.
Most of these songs remained unreleased until 2011 when 7 Aurelius released the Dream Factory Sessions album as a digital download on iTunes and Juno Download in the United Kingdom on the date of 11/11/2011. (Dream Factory Sessions has been pulled from iTunes since then.) 7 Aurelius intended for Dream Factory Sessions to be a digital album which is why Dream Factory Sessions is only available on the internet as a digital download instead of a physical format. Dream Factory Sessions has been pulled from iTunes since 2012. The reason why was due to a lack of downloads and demand.
Both Nicole Wray and 7 Aurelius worked hard to get this album to be released out to the public. The reason why it took so long for the Dream Factory Sessions album to be released is because 7 Aurelius had to buy the music rights, publishing rights, and streaming rights from Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam, and Damon Dash Music Group in order for this Nicole Wray album to be released. That is the reason why Dream Factory Sessions was released in 2011.
Despite that, Nicole Wray had very little and/or no control over the release Dream Factory Sessions. 7 Aurelius was responsible for the release. He referred to Dream Factory Sessions as a lost album. Despite track longevity with 11 songs, Dream Factory Sessions is/was referred to as a mixtape by Nicole Wray fans. Although that is not the case here.
The only downsides are that some of these songs are from Nicole Wray’s previous albums such as Boss Chick, Boss Bitch, and I Found You. Take the songs Boomerang Theory, Drumz, and Miserable People. Nonetheless, Dream Factory Sessions is still a great Nicole Wray album for both old and new fans. All these songs were high quality! Boomerang, Lost, Masquerade, and Drumz are dope as hell! Dream Factory Sessions is one of those albums that got overlooked by the masses and general public. Those who have been following Nicole Wray over the years can see her growth as an artist.
This Kiss is a futuristic love song that served as the opener for the album. This Kiss is a futuristic love song produced by 7 Aurelius and written by Nicole Wray. Beats were created by 7 Aurelius. Of course This Kiss is a love song. This Kiss explained how Nicole was looking for and longing for a kiss from her man.
At the beginning of the song, we are greeted with a female styled robotic computer voice which tells us, “Hello, you have selected the pleasure experience where your wildest fantasies become real. So sit back, relax, and enjoy.”
Nicole has been looking for this touch and been looking for this kiss all her love. She is feeling a special way. She is feeling like the man she sees can be the one for her. The perfect one for her. he knows that love takes time. And time I’m sure we’ll see. Was it meant to be? I know it’s just begun.
He’s got her in his arms as his body moves in close. Nicole wants him more and more. His kiss is one of a kind. His kiss is one of the things that blew her mind. The greatest part of all is that she does not care if she falls.
Dream Factory is a song Nicole Wray recorded back in 2005 for her Lovechild album that was supposed to be released on Roc-A-Fella Records. Of course the famous producer 7 Aurelius produced Dream Factory for her. He was responsible for producing those hot beats you hear. Dream Factory is also known as Lollipop to longtime Nicole Wray fans. Dream Factory is also the song that appeared in the State Property 2 soundtrack & film in 2005. Roc-A-Fella Films included Lollipop in the State Property 2 film.
Dream Factory had everyone going crazy in the dance clubs back in the mid 2000s. The beats were absolutely nuts. Nicole Wray had an underground buzz with this song despite it not being chosen as a buzz single. The New York City club scene is where Dream Factory first gained an underground.
Now Dream Factory is one of the more pop influenced songs on the album given how Nicole freestyled the song while singing. The song uses poppish catchy sing-songy lyrics such as these which help make the song memorable and last a lifetime in people’s mind.
Look at all the beautiful things yeah
Look at all the joy that we bring ooh yeah
You are candy, my lollipop man see
How many licks does it take, really is it tasty?
You are candy, my lollipop man see
How many licks does it take, really is it tasty?
Look at all the beautiful things yeah
Look at all the joy that we bring ooh yeah
In the factory
Boomerang Theory is one of those upbeat songs with a mellow vibe and positive feel you will hear in those coffee shop songs and frozen yogurt place songs. Boomerang Theory is also known as Boomerang Effect to you Nicole Wray fans out there. Boomerang Theory was produced in 2006 by 7 Aurelius for her Lovechild album and her 2011 single I Found You on DDMG.
Boomerang Theory explained how Nicole was getting smarter and wiser as time passes by and through age progression of course. Nicole talks about how she is no ordinary girl as she finds it hard to be like most women. Nicole both sings and raps during the song.
You act like you don’t hear Nicole Wray talkin’. You act like you don’t see Nicole Wray here. Well she’s always been around. Sometimes up and sometimes down. She was forced to speak my mind. Just brought a 9 to protect her life. Nicole Wray is no ordinary girl. Nicole finds it hard to be like most women and most sisters. She walks past the snakes and fakers as she hides her pride behind a smile.
Gangsta, gangsta yes she’ll testify. People said she wouldn’t make it. She passed them by and by. Peep if you will you’ll find her grinding harder. Take a look through her mind you’ll see she is getting wiser. Take a look at the world and see it’s getting colder. Thank God for building Nicole Wray stronger.
Life’s went somewhere. Her grind is steady. Nicole has got my money right. Her mind has been ready. Her flow is deadly. People just don’t get her. Nicole is on top of the charts. On the tip of their tongues and the top of their hearts. They love Nicole and she loves them back. The boomerang effect is a fact.
The song uses catchy sing-songy lyrics such as these which help make the song memorable and last a lifetime in people’s mind.
You act like you don’t hear me talkin’
You act like you don’t see me here
Well I’ve always been around
Sometimes up and sometimes down
Was forced to speak my mind
Just brought a 9 to protect my life
I’m no ordinary girl
Gangsta, gangsta yes I’ll testify
Said I wouldn’t make it, I passed them by and by
Peep if you will you’ll find me grinding harder
Take a look through my mind
You’ll see I’m getting wiser
Take a look at the world and see it’s getting colder
Thank God for building me stronger
Life’s went somewhere
My grind is steady
Got my money right, my mind been ready
Flow is deadly, they just don’t get me
Please stay with me, follow my life
Been around the world twice came back
To the spot that I like
I’m on top, on top of the charts
On the tip of they tongues, the top of they hearts
They love me and I love them back
The boomerang effect is a fact
I’m in my zone, my soldiers like to stand by
Never alone, about to make the drums cry
Almost Famous is a throwback song down memory lane which is where Nicole Wray takes us on this song. Almost Famous is about the love Nicole and her ex-boyfriend that was her man. He was infamous for breaking girls hearts and giving them material things. Almost Famous was produced by 7 Aurelius. Almost Famous is accompanied by a barrage of live instruments including a small violin ensemble the beginning. The beats are absolutely amazing! Live instrumentation is perfect for a song like this song.
Just today Nicole Wray saw her ex-boyfriend’s smile. She has not seen him in a while. He made her feel so good and all the other girls knew it. She wonders if his kisses are still the same. She wondered if they had another chance. Nicole would love to call him her man. She is loving him all over again. Her ex-boyfriend kissed the girls, broke their hearts, took them around the world, and gave them material things. He kissed the girls and all the other girls knew it.
She remembers when they used to go for rides. He would let the top down letting wind blow. Sippin’ on hennessey. They always looked good together. It’s not the same because Nicole is all caught up in the games her ex played. He is famous for being famous. Nobody can ever compare. It’s his special love that always get Nicole through. He opened up her heart, Nicole loved him from the start. He was different from the rest.
Masquerade is a remix version of Sarah from Nicole Wray’s Independence Day mixtape from 2007 on FOE from Atlanta, Georgia. Masquerade is an updated version of Sarah as Masquerade revisits Sarah from Nicole Wray’s Independence Day with rearrangements in sound and change in production by none other than 7 Aurelius. The production is ill as 7 Aurelius is an ill producer. Nicole Wray based this song off her own life experiences after her faltering career with Missy Elliott on Goldmind Inc. from 1996 to 2001. Her experiences in this song are based off her post Missy Elliott years before signing to Roc-A-Fella. This is one of the best songs off the album.
Hear the synopsis of the song. This girl is making money in the nightlife while living the fast life. She is living both a fast life and nightlife on a double-edged sword by living on the edge. She don’t know any better in what to believe in. She is loving all the wrong people for the wrong reasons. The girl in the song is a reflection of Nicole Wray.
Nicole Wray knew this girl from around the way back in her hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia. She was a girl from around the way who Nicole Wray used to kick it with everyday. Apparently she lived on the corner. Every night she is awakened by gunshots. Nicole Wray now makes hints indicating this girl was being abused. Her mother was nowhere to be found in her life. She was deep in the streets on her own. Well this girl is making money in the nightlife while living the fast life. She is living both a fast life and nightlife on a double-edged sword by living on the edge.
So Nicole and this girl started hanging out in the nightlight. Makin’ money but most of it don’t feel right. If her mother knew about the danger Nicole was involved in, it would kill her. So Nicole kept her tears buried in her pillow all bеcause a little girl was jaded. All she knows is what she believes, Searching hard to find the answers while she’s out there in the streets. She don’t know any better in what to believe in. She is loving all the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Now the masquerade is over. This girl Nicole Wray is talking and singing about found what she believed in.
Nicole looked up and saw her. But she looked in the mirror to see that this wasn’t a dream. Only reality. Nicole was surprised to see the woman in the mirror was her. This girl was a reflection of Nicole Wray. Now the masquerade is over. All the girls they came to save her. She found out what she believed in. It was her who she believed in. Now the masquerade is over.
Nicole Wray was the Billie Holiday of the streets on and the Mary J Blige of the streets on the song Can’t Get Out the Game as she had a story to tell. The song was Nicole’s life at one point. Nicole was in a relationship with this man who was there for her when everything was failing for her in life by not going her way. So Nicole attached herself to him like nobody could tell her nothing wrong about him. She felt like this man was her only hope. Then she just started seeing negativity.
This is no surprise as Nicole has always been in relationships with men that were toxic such as gangstas, pimps, and drug dealers. She often used to find herself in dangerous predicaments. It got to the point where Nicole was uncertain if she was going to live or die in her situation with her then-boyfriend or whatever man she was dating at the time. She didn’t know what was going to happen. Somebody could kill him or try to rob her because of his lifestyle.
Can’t Get Out the Game is her favorite track on the Lovechild album. She explained this information herself a webzine called urbanconnectionz back in 2005.
“‘Can’t Get Out of the Game.’ It’s my life. I’ve always been in relationships with gangstas and drug dealers. She often used to find herself in dangerous predicaments. In that gap I’d been waiting to come back out, I was just partying drinking, hanging out. It just got to the point where I didn’t know if I was going to live or die in my situation with my boyfriend. I didn’t know what was going to happen. Somebody could kill him, or try to rob me because of his lifestyle. So, I addressed the pain on the hook, ‘can’t get out of the game’. I’m tryin but it’s so hard and I wanna educate the youth, the girls. They see the guys in the club spending money, big ballin, shot callin’, but we can do the same thing as women if we get our head right and that’s what I address on the album: be independent because when that nigga gets locked up where you gonna be at now!!”
Here is what Nicole wanted with Can’t Get Out the Game, “I want young girls to don’t feel like because something bad happened you have to attach yourself or you think this is the only hope for you, because that’s what I felt.”
Talking of experience and feelings, Nicole has also learned the hard way about destructive relationships, “I was in a relationship and this guy was there for me when everything failed, so I attached myself to him like nobody could tell me nothing about this guy,” she says emphasizing her point by gripping her hand tight. “I started just seeing a lot of negative stuff and I speak about that in my music ’cause I want young girls to don’t feel like ’cause something bad happened you have to attach yourself or you think this is the only hope for you, cos that’s what I felt, like this is my only hope is this guy. And I was hurting, and in the time of my hurt I was still writing and I just said fuck it man, I’m going to New York.”
Nicole new this girl coming up from her hood. She was young. She was ready and headed for trouble. This girl was 17 year old child who was running wild. She was in the mix to the fiends and the gangsters. Like a fool, she fell in love with a hustler.
Both of them played the game. It was sold and never told. So she played anyway that she could because all she knew was the struggle. There was no doubt she was too lost and turnt out. But she prayed away every night, wondering about where did the love go. She wonders where the love went and how things spiraled out of control. She can’t get out of the game. She’s crying all the time and she can’t stop. But she don’t know what else to do.
One night this girl took a ride with this person that she thought was her man but she didn’t understand that he didn’t love her. You could tell by the look in his eyes this man was colder than ice. They drove to the hood but never let her know what his true intentions were.
So they stopped at the stoplight. They were smoking and drinking. They didn’t notice the person in a car creeping up slow. The car was a blue El Dorado. Within a blink of an eye threw the passenger side of his ride, shots were fired and she cried. All you could see was the blood flowing. She’s in trouble.
This girl was caught up in the struggle and addicted to the hustle. It’s fair game in the city and in the hood. The thought of her strapping those things to her frame. She did it from the muscle. She was no different than all the Lauren’s and Tiffany Lane’s. Like a moth, she was drawn to the light. Leading her to the flame. After difficulty coming, you gotta feel the pain. She stood tall in the storm and late nights in the rain. Not knowing the flip side of the game. And once you’re addicted to the game, it’s hard to maintain.
Dear Father was a song Nicole wrote about her father Kenneth Ear Wray. She was wondering where he was and about all the wonderful memories they shared. Nicole’s father was absent from her life because him and her mother divorced during Nicole’s childhood. The song is a sad heart-pulling song that will leave you in tears. This how this song is so emotional.
Nicole has been sitting right here waiting on the day for her father to call. She was thinking of his voice and his song. The apple don’t fall too far from the tree. But it seems so clear. All she has is memories. Nicole wants her father back. It’s clear and evident she needs her father back. Why did he have to go? She misses her father so much. Nicole is not mad as she understands. She guesses it’s what God planned.
Her father used to sing to her. Oh how he made her smile. But when he went away, her blue skies all turnеd to clouds. But becausе of him, her little girl is a woman now. Her father showed Nicole how. He taught her well. He made her see. Nicole wonders why her father had to leave her and be absent from her life.
On an Instagram post from Easy Mo Bee, Easy Mo Bee made the claim that 7 Aurelius tried to steal his production credits for Dear Father.
“7 Aurelius tried to steal my credit… If you bring a track to the table and somebody adds keyboards to it, what is that? Co-production. If I pull my track out from underneath you have nothing but the additives. Don’t play me.”
The Grudge is a bittersweet love song about how love came into Nicole’s heart and took out all the bad parts which made the grudge she held disappear. She is letting the grudge go because the weight of this grudge was holding her down heavily.
Love made its way to Nicole’s heart and took out all the bad parts. The pressure turned her around. How precious life can be. Nobody can hold her down due to this new found victory. She is letting the grudge go because the weight of this grudge was holding her down heavily. Love lifted the grudge.
She used to hold all thе bad memories inside of her. They used to burn her like 300ºF degrees. What was lost wanted to be found. How mean people can be. And how they made Nicole get off her game. She sat around and let them bring her down. Nicole didn’t wanna end up living life so cold. So she begin to let go. Love is now part of her and gave her brand new outlook on life.
Drumz is a love song with very loud ultra-heavy thick beats from 7 Aurelius over a tempo of 122 BPM which is the most BPM on this album.. 7 Aurelius produced and recorded Drumz even though the production sounds a bit distorted. Not surprising since this song uses some thick distortion in various places throughout the song. It’s another great song you will love! You’ll get used to the distortion after a little while as the song progresses.
On Drumz, Nicole sang about how she used to fight back the temptations of love. But when she heard the drums, she fell in love.
Nicole used to hold back her love. She used to run with the boys. She didn’t have love on her mind. No one was getting her time. Nicole used to fight love with steel because she didn’t want to end up in tears. But something told her inside to just let love come on by. Nicole thinks this is love again.
She used to wander around and party all night lost in the crowd as she thought that she was feeling free. Now she knows that this ain’t her. She really wanted someone on her side. Someone who’s down for the ride. Someone who’ll let me be her. Could this be love again? Nicole thinks this is love again. When Nicole heard the drums, she fell in love.
There is a bit pop infused in this song. These lyrics are quite poppish, “See love is candy, love is bubblegum/Chocolate kisses, love is yummy yum/I’m feeling sexy” This is the pop portion of this song.
Lost is about Nicole being lost without her man being in her life. This is another futuristic sounding love song produced by 7 Aurelius.
Nicole can’t hold back as she can’t control her emotions. Her man is in her heart and in her mind. His voice sticks to her like honey. He brings out her inner ebony. Nicole never felt this way before. She has dreams of him moving slowly in the dark. She can’t stop thinking about the love they make. Nicole can’t stop thinking that her hеart won’t break. She don’t wanna get lost.
See this thing just ain’t fair. Nicole goes around the whole world, comes back, and he’s still there (here). Nicole wants to piece his heart before she loses her mind. Yet she falls right back into this feeling that she can’t control. She never felt this way before.
Misery is the closer of the album. Misery loves company on the song Miserable People. The mellow and vibe are smooth, timid, and slow. Miserable People is from her 2010 albums Boss Bitch and Boss Chick. The beautiful mellow piano solo at the beginning of Miserable People helps give off a mellow vibe that is not too ecstatic. Miserable People has a loud and powerful essence in the sound.
Nicole Wray laces the track with her soulful singing about how misery loves company. Nicole Wray states there is so many things to love about life. In reality, there is so many things to love about living life. Life has its ups and downs. So why hate? Nicole Wray does not want miserable people in her life. She won’t let it get the best of her. By the grace of God she is still around.
Lyrics to the chorus tell all.
Misery loves company, why
Misery loves company, why
I don’t need in my life
Miserable people loves company
I rate this album 4/5****!!