“Big Baby D.R.A.M.” D.R.A.M.

D.R.A.M.

Big Baby D.R.A.M. Album Review

Atlantic/Empire

Released October 21, 2016

Genre: Pop n’ B, RnB, Soul

Delivery is key. What’s written is important, but how it’s distributed dictates how many ears hear what’s being said and what the reactions are. We’ve seen how important delivery is with the rise of rappers like Young Thug and Future. Lyrically, their music can be repetitive, but how they deliver their sound is unprecedented. Young Thug has completely alien flow, while Future sounds like he’s communicating through a intergalactic communication device, true “Astronaut Status”. Future’s delivery is so signature that Desiigner completely ripped it off and is making a career out of it. D.R.A.M.’s case is different from these rappers because he’s without-a-doubt a singer, but his voice is somehow brash AND tender, restrained AND wild. Big Baby D.R.A.M won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a brand new flavor of Earl Grey.

D.R.A.M. doesn’t limit himself to singing over just one style of production, which is great because the beats on Big Baby D.R.A.M are full of life, track for track. “Misunderstood” sounds like a Journey song, with bright keys that make the song sound extraterrestrial. Young Thug’s contribution make the song sound even more otherworldly. D.R.A.M. does a great job of creating the sense that he’s isolated from everyone else and misunderstood by the world. His earnest and overstated vibrato makes every word more sincere. He even jumps on trap-style production on songs like “In A Minute/In House,” which has a hilarious line about being celibate and celebrating the cessation of being celibate.

D.R.A.M. has such a goofy style that is signature to him. He has such a refreshing sound that isn’t completely groomed yet, but that makes it sound more real. He sells nearly every single song on Big Baby D.R.A.M, even if the song is dumb (“Broccoli”). It just goes to show that how much heart you put into your music does matter.

PRETTY NEAT MUSIC

FAV TRACKS: Misunderstood, Cute, Cash Machine

LEAST FAV TRACK: Change My #

SCORE: (8.4/10)

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