Up-and-Coming Rapper D.R.A.M. Draws Inspiration From ‘The Good Stuff’
Back in 2015, D.R.A.M. (an acronym that stands for Does Real Ass Music) went viral with his hit song “Cha Cha.” Everyone from Beyonce to Snoop Dogg and Chance the Rapper sang the praises of the infectious jam.
D.R.A.M., who sings, raps and also produces, possesses a love for performance that speaks to his various influences that include both artists of yesteryear and acts still performing today.
“My original source of influence will have to be the Parliament-Funkadelic wave,” D.R.A.M. says in a phone conversation. “George Clinton the GOAT, Bootsy Collins, Garry Shider, Catfish Collins and so forth. There’s also the other artists that were inspired by them as well like Queen Badu, 3 Stacks, Bilal and D’Angelo. Then there’s Curtis Mayfield. I was in love with the SuperFly soundtrack. I just call it the good stuff. ”
D.R.A.M.’s personality is warm, friendly and inviting. In fact, his latest album cover features him alongside his golden doodle named Idnit.
“I guess so,” he says when asked if he’s always been such a fun guy. “To be honest, it’s like a love and hate thing. People either love me or hate me. I like it that way. I don’t want any in-betweens. The people that rock with me, just rock with me. I like to be likable because I like to be around people that I like. I think by exerting good energy and a good vibe, it comes back to you.”