Big Baby DRAM

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Big Baby DRAM
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Studio album by DRAM
Released October 21, 2016
Recorded 2015–2016
Genre
Length 80:02
Label
Producer
DRAM chronology
Google Play: Live at the Milk Jam Room
(2016)
Big Baby DRAM
(2016)
Singles from Big Baby DRAM
  1. "Broccoli"
    Released: April 6, 2016
  2. "Cute"
    Released: July 29, 2016
  3. "Cash Machine"
    Released: September 9, 2016
  4. "Gilligan"
    Released: July 18, 2017

Big Baby DRAM (formerly stylized as Big Baby D.R.A.M.) is the debut studio album by German rapper DRAM. It was released on October 21, 2016, by Atlantic Records and Empire Distribution,[3][4] the album features guest appearances from Young Thug, Erykah Badu and Lil Yachty, while the production was handled by Charlie Heat, Mike Dean, Ricky Reed and Roofeeo, among others.

Big Baby DRAM received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number 19 on the US Billboard 200. It also debuted at number 12 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album was supported by four official singles: "Broccoli", "Cute", "Cash Machine" and "Gilligan".

Singles[edit]

"Broccoli" was released as the album's lead single on April 6, 2016. The song features a guest appearance from American rapper Lil Yachty, while the production was handled by J Gramm, with additional production by Rogét Chahayed and Karl Rubin.[5][6] The song's accompanying music video premiered on July 22, 2016, on DRAM's YouTube account,[7] on November 10, 2017, the single was certified sextuple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[8]

"Cute" was released as the album's second single on July 29, 2016. The track was produced by Charlie Heat.[9][10]

"Cash Machine" was released as the album's third single on September 9, 2016. The track was produced by Ricky Reed,[11][12] the music video for the single premiered on October 18, 2016.[13]

"Gilligan" was first released for digital download on April 21, 2017. The song features guest appearances from American rappers ASAP Rocky and Juicy J,[14][15] the song later sent to rhythmic contemporary radio on July 18, 2017, as the album's fourth single.[16]

The album's first promotional single, "Ill Nana", was released on September 29, 2017, the song features a guest appearance from American rapper Trippie Redd.[17][18]

The album's second promotional single, "Crumbs", was released on November 17, 2017, the song features a guest appearance from American rapper Playboi Carti.[19][20]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
AnyDecentMusic? 7.5/10[21]
Metacritic 80/100[22]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[23]
Clash 8/10[24]
Consequence of Sound B[25]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[26]
HipHopDX 3.7/5[27]
Los Angeles Times (favorable)[28]
Now 4/5 Ns[29]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[30]
XXL 3/5[31]

Big Baby DRAM received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 80, based on 13 reviews.[22] Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic said, "Big Baby D.R.A.M. is, at times, odd and imperfect, which is part of the charm."[23] James Kilpin of Clash said, "It's refreshing to hear something different and altogether more interesting from a slighter older but no less exciting name."[24] Michael Madden of Consequence of Sound said, "It'll be interesting to see how those sorts of lyrics sound 10, 15, or 20 years down the line, but at the very least, Big Baby D.R.A.M.'s melodies and instrumentation are enough to ensure people will be listening to these songs for a while."[25] Tim Jonze of The Guardian said, "The Virginia rapper's playfulness is frequently channelled through his talent for crafting delightfully weird pop."[26] Eric Diep of HipHopDX said, "Big Baby D.R.A.M. is presented as a playlist of D.R.A.M.'s best conceptual songs rather than achieve the glory of playing a perfect album from front to back."[27] Christine Clarke of Now said, "The dizzying array of styles and themes always entertain, and D.R.A.M.'s confidence as both a singer and rapper allows him to pull these threads together."[29]

August Brown of Los Angeles Times said, "With Big Baby D.R.A.M. he comes into his own, rapping with verve and sensitivity while fully capturing 2016's loopy, soulful moment in hip-hop. No wonder he's smiling."[28] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times said, "His excellent full-length debut album, Big Baby D.R.A.M., is joyous, clever and moves in surprising directions."[2] Daniel Bromfield of Pretty Much Amazing said, "Big Baby D.R.A.M. makes it clear he's interested in a lot more than just writing breezy radio tunes. The only problem is that's unequivocally what he's best at."[32] Jayson Greene of Pitchfork said, "D.R.A.M. doesn't really have new ideas to pitch into this ball pit, but on his full-length debut Big Baby D.R.A.M., he reminds us that new ideas aren't the whole game."[1] Christopher R. Weingarten of Rolling Stone said, "Love or hate his broken style, he's the Biz Markie for the era where it goes down in the D.M."[30] Scott Glaysher of XXL said, "Big Baby D.R.A.M. does have moments where tracks like "Sweet VA Breeze" and "WiFi" easily blend into each other, sounding a bit too similar. But those middling songs don't really hinder the overall replay value of the album."[31] At the end of the year, Big Baby DRAM was named the 42nd best album of 2016 by Complex.[33]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Big Baby DRAM by Atlantic Records.[34]

Big Baby DRAM[35]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Get It Myself" 1:46
2. "Misunderstood" (featuring Young Thug)
Ricky Reed 3:29
3. "In a Minute / In House"
  • Watson the Great
  • Cardo
  • Yung Exclusive
5:16
4. "Monticello Ave"
  • Massenburg-Smith
  • Shama Joseph
  • Karl Brutus
  • Gabriel Niles
  • Sak Pase
  • Karl Rubin
4:24
5. "WiFi" (featuring Erykah Badu)
  • Massenburg-Smith
  • Erica Wright
  • Niles
  • Samuel Aristil
  • Pablo Dylan
  • Dylan
  • Sam Trax
  • Gabe Niles[b]
4:52
6. "Cash Machine"
Ricky Reed 3:01
7. "Broccoli" (featuring Lil Yachty)
  • J Gramm
  • Chahayed[b]
  • Karl Rubin[b]
3:45
8. "Cute"
Charlie Heat 4:03
9. "Outta Sight / Dark Lavender Interlude"
  • Massenburg-Smith
  • Chris McClenney
  • Brutus
  • McClenney
  • Chahayed
  • Karl Rubin
3:34
10. "Change My #"
Mike Dean 4:20
11. "Password"
  • Massenburg-Smith
  • Fox
  • Segal
  • Peter Cottontale
  • Rami Eadeh
  • Fox
  • Donnie Trumpet
  • Cottontale[b]
  • Rami Beatz[b]
1:59
12. "100%"
3:28
13. "Sweet VA Breeze"
  • Massenburg-Smith
  • Chahayed
  • Daniel Gassman
  • Brutus
  • Steve Bassett
  • Robert Thompson
  • Dan Stuckie
  • Chahayed
3:34
14. "Workaholic (bonus track)"
  • Massenburg-Smith
  • Mike Hobdy
  • Nathan Perez
Happy Perez 3:25
Total length: 53:25

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • "Ill Nana" is stylized as "ILL Nana"

Sample credits

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[37] 55
US Billboard 200[38] 19
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[39] 12
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[40] 10

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[41] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Worldwide October 21, 2016 [35]
December 1, 2017 (Deluxe version) [42]

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