The industry’s happiest artist, D.R.A.M., stopped through DC last week to warm our hearts while the city mourned the loss of a real one, President Barack Obama. I, for one, have been a fan of the Hampton, Virginia rapper/singer since his debut single, ‘Cha Cha’, which many of you know from Beyonce’s viral social media blast or the track that served as the inspiration of Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’.
D.R.A.M.’s DJ kicked off the set hyping the crowd with your favorites like Migos’s ‘Bad and Boujee’ and Drake’s ‘Fake Love’. During ‘Fake Love’ the music transitioned to the band playing to track as the wide grin face singer/rapper D.R.A.M. entered the stage. His smile was infectious as his boisterous voice belted out “I had to tell myself to go and get myself”.
My instant thought was “Wow D.R.A.M. surprisingly sounds the same on his mastered studio albums as he does in person which is a shocker given today’s climate in Hip Hop & R&B. My next thought came in the form of movement, rap hands to be specific, as I song along to ‘Get it Myself’ the motivational opening track on his album.
D.R.A.M. continued to flow through Big Baby D.R.A.M hitting all of my favorite jams like the dance record, ‘Outta Sight’, his hit collaboration w+ Lil Yachty ‘Broccoli’ and of course fan favorite, ‘WIFI’ featuring incomparable Ms. Erykah Badu. The most amazing thing happened during ‘WIFI’, all of the ladies in the place united and assisted D.R.A.M. by covering Badu’s verse.
Our voices escalated in unison at, “Do you like my Feng Shui in my living room? How the carpet matches the pillows too? And did you know I was feeling you?” Next, my love and I grooved to ‘Cute’ and hit a three count to ‘Cha Cha’. At this point I’m exhausted from dancing in Jordan 4’s (bad idea btw) but luckily D.R.A.M delivers me from the agony and ends with his Chance the Rapper’s ‘Coloring Book’ feature ‘D.R.A.M Sings Special’.