As if they were made just for him, DRAM’s ice, gold pineapple shades are perched perfectly atop his nose, and match perfectly the watch on his wrist. He’s sitting happily on top the brown leather couch against the black backdrop in the room, his long black dreads hanging past his shoulders. Wherever he goes he seems to carry an uplifting aura that sweeps every room he enters. It’s enigmatic and contagious.
This past year has been a massive one for the Hampton, Virginia artist whose taken himself to new heights by creating some of the catchiest music out and working with some of the most well-regarded artists of our time.
"Shoutout to Kung Fu Kenny,” he says with a smile. “I loved it. It's legit like going from intimate crowds to a whole other field. I look back at my face on the jumbotron, like this is really real, it's a real humbling experience (..) We played basketball, football on tour - they threw Kenny the ball, he caught that sh*t he started running, but I seen n*ggas tapping him, but he just kept running.. I was legit about to tackle this n*gga! YG and them got out there and started doing work, they were big amazon n*ggas.”
The positivity that an artist like DRAM brings to the industry is cathartic and rare. It’s something we can never take for granted. In a world that seems constantly negative, it’s creators like himself that shedding light to good we have to cherish.
“I know it’s a lot of info just going at an incredibly fast rate,” he says speaking on the world today. “To be growing up in an age where that’s just a standard… I think there’s a lot of emotions that get built up inside from this over-cramming of info. If you really go into an situation with good intentions, good vibes and a positive outlook, 9 times out of 10 it’s gonna come back to you. Shit is looking real f***** up, but I promise you we still gonna laugh, we still gonna have a good time.”