“D.R.E.A.M.” by Miley Cyrus (ft. Ghostface Killah)

First off it should be noted that the title of this track was derived from the classic 1993 Wu-Tang Clan song “C.R.E.A.M.”  In fact “D.R.E.A.M.” samples that song in addition to featuring Ghostface Killah, a member of the Clan. And as one can see, the title is an acronym, which actually stands for “Drugs Rule Everything Around Me”.  So for the most part we already know what the song is about, which is not only the prevalence of drugs in the singer’s life but also the state partaking of them leaves her in.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Ghostface Killah's D.R.E.A.M. at Lyrics.org.

More specifically, the first verse apparently centers on a romantic episode where Miley and a lover enjoyed some ‘spiked drinks’. FYI, a spiked rink is any beverage mixed with alcohol or some other type of drug. 

In the second verse, she is delineating the effects of being high, such as perceiving “planes (as) UFOs” and the city she is in as being “in outer space”. And she very much likes the sensation, basically stating that it is better than being sober and encourages a companion(s) who is tripping with her that they “should stay” high. 

Other manifestations of the singer’s affinity to drugs, as detailed in the chorus, are long party hours, and her ‘waking up with new tattoos on her body’. And the stated reason that she and her homegirls engage in such activities is in an attempt to overcome loneliness.

Ghostface Killah steps in

Meanwhile Ghostface Killah portrays himself as a drug dealer who has a wide variety of narcotics “in (his) store”.  This lifestyle apparently enables him to live lavishly, such as rocking pinky rings worth half-a-million dollars and “throw(ing) diamonds” at weddings instead of the traditional rice. And apparently he makes a decent amount of income hustling at music festivals such as Lollapalooza and Coachella.

So all things considered, “D.R.E.A.M.” is not an actual advocacy of using potent, hallucination-inducing drugs. Rather it is primarily based on the main artist’s liking of narcotics and the featured artist’s tendency to sell them.

D.R.E.A.M. lyrics

NOTE: Drugs are highly addictive and dangerous. It is therefore imperative to avoid them! Say NO to drugs!

Debut and Release Date of D.R.E.A.M. 

Miley Cyrus debuted “D.R.E.A.M.” as part of her performance at the 2019 BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in the United Kingdom on 25 May.

“D.R.E.A.M.” was released by RCA Records on 31 May 2019..

Composing and Production of D.R.E.A.M.

Seven members of the Wu-Tang Clan get writing credit for this song. They are:

  • Rza
  • Gza
  •  Ol’ Dirty Bastard
  • Raekwon
  • U-God
  • Method Man
  • Ghostface Killah

In addition to the above, Miley Cyrus herself and the following writers also receive writing credits:

  • David Porter
  • Brother J (of X Clan)
  • John Cunningham
  • Ilsey Juber (who assisted Cyrus in writing most of the EP “D.R.E.A.M. is found on)

 Meanwhile John Cunningham and the Rza also produced the track.

On which Miley Cyrus album can “D.R.E.A.M.” be found on?

It can be found on Cyrus’ 2019 She Is Coming (which is her second EP). In addition to “D.R.E.A.M.”, She Is Coming contains the following songs:

  1. Mother’s Daughter
  2. Unholy
  3. Cattitude
  4. “Party Up the Street”
  5. The Most

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