D.R.A.M. (an acronym for Does Real Ass Music) ,oozing with black boy joy, and his dog Idnit grace the cover of his debut album. Big Baby D.R.A.M, as the cover and title suggests is stuffed full of fun, romance, and definitely a bit of humor. Everything that was to be expected from a rapper whose breakout song was over a latin-infused Super Mario beat. Not only that but it was about Cha-Cha’ing with a beautiful Dominican girl. That was a huge indicator as to what we should expect from him.
D.R.A.M. doesn’t stop there though he manages to keep the fun we expected and the vocals we discovered he had on #1EpicSummer and Gahdamn! throughout this whole project, like the double platinum track “Broccoli” a collaborative effort with Lil Yachty. I personally don’t like Lil Yachty but D.R.A.M made the perfect choice when putting him on the track. The current rap style mixed in with D.R.A.M’s fun vocals easily make Lil Yachty a bit more bearable and can convince anyone they need to be rolling up that broccoli.
This album doesn’t have a particular sound or direction other than just being and showcasing how versatile D.R.A.M. really is. One minute he’s singing over a pop-like beat on one of my favorite tracks “Cute” produced by Charlie Heat and the next he’s rapping with Young Thug on “Misunderstood”. Who does this?! I’m usually not a big fan of rappers singing (blame Nelly for that) or singers rapping (blame Trey Songz for that) but D.R.A.M. somehow was able to mix the two flawlessly and make me a believe that someone other than Gambino can pull it off.
However, his debut album isn’t just about showcasing what he can do when given the opportunity. It’s to let us know that he’s not a typical new age artist. That in the fact D.R.A.M is a “student of the game” getting co-signs from Q-tip and even bringing out songstress Erykah Badu to help him set the mood on “Wi-Fi” “ Do your boyfriend pay your bills for you/ To Netflix and chill with me? he sings to her as the two go back and forth over their technological love affair. This track is the icing the on the cake for co-signs and the most important. In an era where artists are openly admitting to knowing very little about the history of the genres they cover D.R.A.M. brings it to the forefront.
Being who he is D.R.A.M. didn’t just color in the lines when it came to this album. While most of the tracks do have a very millennial vibe “Monticello Ave.” takes a whole different approach. Throwing you all the way back to a time when the Commodores were the best voices in the industry this track is D.R.A.M showcasing his range at it’s best. It has a very classic soulful feel that isn’t tapped into with today’s music.
Overall I adore Big Baby D.R.A.M. and everything that it is. Fun, positive, energetic this album is everything you need right now to escape any harsh realities you’re facing. Yes the tracks with the features are amazing but they don’t and shouldn’t derail a listener for checking out the album because they’re literally sprinkled throughout. They’re literally little presents being given to the listener for supporting his artistry. Will this album solidify him among the great artists that have consigned for him? Probably not. But is it a good start? Most definitely yes.
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