by Carla Bynum
D.R.A.M. released his debut studio album Big Baby D.R.A.M. on October 21st via Atlantic Records and Empire Distribution. The album features appearances from Erykah Badu, Young Thug, and Lil Yachty.
The album starts on a relatable note with the intro “Get it Myself.” D.R.A.M. made it a mission to get the things he wants himself because he was tired of waiting on others to do things for him.
The song “In A Minute/In House” contains two separate parts. On “In a Minute” D.R.A.M. wants the company of a special lady and he encourages her to come over so he can give her the pipe since they haven’t seen each other in a while. “In House” is more of a sensual tune. He wants to make sweet love to his lady. All he can think about while he is on the road is being home with her.
D.R.A.M. has been missing in action and his lady has been questioning his whereabouts. He assures her that he is on “Monticello Avenue,” which is a road located in Norfolk, Va. Not far from his hometown of Hampton, trying to make some money.
Among this generation, sharing one’s wifi password is considered an intimate act. Erykah Badu joins D.R.A.M. on the intimate track “WiFi” as he questions whether or not she has wifi while they are at her place in the hills. She lets him know that she does but she wants him to put his phone down so Mama Badu can teach him a lesson. Even with their no strings attached relationship, they are still connected.
D.R.A.M. has some money now and all he likes to hear is his “Cash Machine” counting his money. He doesn’t have anything to say all the broke people he left behind, he’s all about his money. “Cash Machine” is one of the album singles.
“Broccoli” is D.R.A.M.’s breakout hit and features Atlanta internet sensation Lil Yachty. The pair teamed up for an ode to marijuana that quickly took over the airwaves.
The song “Cute” originally started as a joke and was a record that D.R.A.M. made on the spot. The song is about a girl that he saw and thinks is cute and wants to take out.
D.R.A.M. tries to play it cool on the “Outta Sight/Dark Lavender Interlude.” If he doesn’t call his lady, it’s because he wants to seem nonchalant. In return, he wants her to call him sometimes but not too much. He doesn’t want a stalker but he wants to know that he’s on her mind.
D.R.A.M. is ready to “Change my #” because he doesn’t want any of the women from his past calling him. In particular, he sings about a lady he’s been interested in since middle school but she always gave him the cold shoulder. She was only interested in using him and now that he has money she is on his line.
On the track “Password,” D.R.A.M. and his lady both have their discretions when it comes to the trust in their relationship. Whenever he leaves, she’s second guessing his whereabouts. During the second verse, D.R.A.M. finds himself in a tough position when he leaves his phone out in the open and his lady finds it. He hopes she doesn’t see his messages to another woman because he wants their relationship to work.
Neither D.R.A.M. nor his lady is complete without one another and together they make it a full “100%.”
“Sweet VA Breeze” is an airy song about how D.R.A.M. wants to feel real love like the breeze in his hometown of Virginia.
The album features the bonus track “Workaholic” about how hard he works for his success. He calls out those who don’t put 100% into their craft and lets them know they are going to have a tough time.
After listening to BigBaby D.R.A.M. I feel bad that I almost didn’t give his music a fair chance. The album is fresh, youthful, and fun. D.R.A.M. isn’t the typical artist. He adds an element to the musical world that has been missing.
Recommended Tracks: “WiFi,” “Misunderstood,” “100%,” “Workaholic,” “Get it Myself”