Do you have that one song you absolutely hate to love? That one song that constantly stays on your mind? You hear it so much that you end up humming it all the time.
For me, this was “Cha Cha”. I thought it was one of the most ridiculous songs I’ve ever heard and had no idea why anybody, myself included, liked it.
Like most viral sensations, I thought D.R.A.M. would go away. This wasn’t the case. Drake dropped his “remix”, Erykah Badu cosigned him, then Chance brought him on to do the SURF album.
Still, I wasn’t quite sold on DRAM. He dropped two good EPs but they weren’t anything memorable.
On October 21, 2016, he dropped his Big Baby DRAM. Admittedly, I wasn’t going into this album expecting a lot. Much to my surprise, Big Baby DRAM. turned out to be a mixture of unique sounds and a perfect showcase for D.R.A.M.’s big personality.
This album has something for every listener. The “flex” songs in “Cash Machine” and “Broccoli”. The “drive slow” song in “Change My #”. The upbeat dance song in “Outta Sight”. And my favorite song on the album which I have no idea how to classify, “Monticello Ave”. DRAM uses his choirboy voice and hilarious rap bars to craft his own brand of feel-good music.
We can all agree 2016 was the worst year of our lifetime. This album was my happy place. No matter what I was feeling, I could just turn this album on and let it play. Emotional connection is what makes albums go from getting a few random spins to becoming my favorite. I have memories set to songs from Big Baby DRAM .
This album shows he has real staying power and isn’t just some here today, gone tomorrow artist. Since then, he’s made appearances on Calvin Harris and the Gorillaz albums. No matter what he goes on to do in his career, this will always be the album for me. If you slept on this album, I urge you to please check it out.
Thank you, DRAM.