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C.D. REVIEW: D.R.A.M

Big Baby D.R.A.M. (Empire Distribution/Atlantic)

The 28-year old Virginia-based artist D.R.A.M. continues to break out of the stereotypical hip-hop casing in his debut album, Big Baby D.R.A.M. with his fun, jubilant, sing-along style.

Many compare D.R.A.M. to similar modern genre-bending rappers like Atlanta-based Lil Yatchy and Philly-homeboy Lil Uzi Vert. D.R.A.M. breaks this newly-formed hip-hop texture with the mixture of soulfulness found in “WiFi” featuring Erykah Badu or by getting his groove on in “Outta Sight.”

“Broccoli” is included in the album but was originally released as a single that topped multiple r&b and hip-hop charts as well as going certified double-platinum. While this is the artist’s first album, D.R.A.M.’s no stranger to the limelight. Having already experienced prominence with songs like “Cha Cha” featured in a dance video with Beyonce as well as the fundamental inspiration of the furrow behind Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”

While many artists these days rise to success with a popular single only to fall shortly after, D.R.A.M. proves that he is here to stay with his newest project. D.R.A.M. shows his knowledge of music’s history with “Monticello Ave” that draws inspiration from 1970s soul while showing off the artists vocal smoothness with songs like “Sweet VA Breeze” and “Get it Myself.”

Listeners can get a feel from D.R.A.M.’s personality, as the songs are light-hearted. This shows that the artist is just having fun with his music while producing high quality tracks. Questions of whether D.R.A.M. is here to stay or if he’ll be forgotten, like so many new artists, are certainly put to rest with Big Baby D.R.A.M

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