D.R.A.M. – Big Baby D.R.A.M. (Atlantic Records, 2016)
Rapper D.R.A.M.’s debut album is by far one of the happiest records of the year. The album’s perfect blend of rap, R&B and soul instantly puts you in a good mood and keeps you coming back for another listen. Besides the smash-hit single on the album, “Broccoli,” featuring Lil Yachty, songs like “Cash Machine,” “Cute” and “Misunderstood” are buttery smooth tracks that showcase D.R.A.M.’s infectious personality. Musically, the album tends to jump around. One moment you could be listening to an upbeat rap tune, and the next, you’re listening to an R&B mood-setter. The record starts off strong, but after the song “Cute,” the hype dies down. Songs become more repetitive and so does the subject matter, which mainly discusses relationships and success in the music industry. Despite its flaws, D.R.A.M.’s debut is a fun record that displays an artist who truly enjoys making music.
Trial Track: “Cash Machine”