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Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith (born August 3, 1988), better known by his stage name DRAM (/ˈdrɑːm/; an acronym for Does Real Ass Music),[a][2][3] is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor from Hampton, Virginia. He is signed to Atlantic Records and Empire Distribution.[4] His debut single was "Cha Cha", followed by his breakout single "Broccoli", featuring Lil Yachty, which peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100.[5] In October 2016, he released his debut studio album, Big Baby DRAM.

DRAM
D.R.A.M. (cropped).jpg
Smith performing in 2016
Background information
Birth nameShelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith[1]
Also known as
  • D.R.A.M.
  • Big Baby D.R.A.M.
  • Only 1 D.R.A.M.
  • Drama J
Born (1988-08-03) August 3, 1988 (age 30)
Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
OriginHampton, Virginia, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitebigbabydram.com

Contents

Early lifeEdit

DRAM was born in Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Before the age of one, he returned to the United States and was raised in Hampton, Virginia. His mother was in the military.[2]

CareerEdit

In March 2015, DRAM released his debut EP, #1Epic through Atlantic Records and Empire Distribution.[6] The EP included the single "Cha Cha", which peaked at number one on the Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[7] In October 2015, his debut mixtape, Gahdamn! was released.[8]

In April 2016, DRAM released his hit single "Broccoli" featuring rapper Lil Yachty. The song gained international success and peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first top five song in the country. In October 2016, he appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing "Blessings (Reprise)" with Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla Sign, Anthony Hamilton and Raury.[9] His debut studio album, Big Baby DRAM, was released on October 21, 2016.[10] The album received many positive reviews.

DRAM was featured on the single "Andromeda" from British band Gorillaz, for their fifth album. He also provided uncredited guest vocals on the track "We Got the Power" from the same album.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[11]
US R&B/HH
[12]
US Rap
[13]
CAN
[14]
Big Baby DRAM 19 12 10 55

EPsEdit

List of EPs, showing selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[11]
#1Epic[6]
  • Released: March 3, 2015
  • Label: Atlantic, Empire
  • Format: Digital download
Google Play: Live at the Milk Jam Room[16]
  • Released: July 15, 2016
  • Label: Atlantic, Empire
  • Format: Digital download
37
#1HappyHoliday[17]
  • Released: November 24, 2017
  • Label: Atlantic, Empire
  • Format: Digital download
That's a Girls Name
  • Released: July 18, 2018
  • Label: Atlantic, Empire
  • Format: Digital download

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, showing selected details
Title Details
Gahdamn![8]
  • Released: October 23, 2015
  • Label: Atlantic, Empire
  • Format: Digital download

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles, with showing year released, peak chart positions and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[18]
US
R&B/
HH

[19]
US Rap
[20]
CAN
[21]
NL
[22]
SWE
[23]
UK
[24]
UK
R&B

[25]
"Cha Cha" 2014 [A] #1Epic
"Broccoli"
(featuring Lil Yachty)
2016 5 1 1 23 87 60 93 13
  • RIAA: 7× Platinum[15]
  • MC: 3× Platinum[27]
Big Baby D.R.A.M.
"Cute"
"Cash Machine" [B]
"Gilligan"
(featuring Juicy J and A$AP Rocky)
2017
"The Uber Song"[28] N/A
"Group Thang (Demo)"[29]
"Ill Nana"
(featuring Trippie Redd)
Big Baby D.R.A.M.
"Crumbs"
(featuring Playboi Carti)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

Year Title Album
2015 "For the Love Of"[30]
(DP featuring D.R.A.M.)
Non-album single
2016 "Slappin"[31]
(E-40 featuring Nef the Pharaoh and D.R.A.M.)
The D-Boy Diary (Deluxe Edition)
"Smokin' What I'm Smokin' On"[32]
(Mod Sun featuring D.R.A.M. and Rich the Kid)
Non-album single
"1999"[33]
(Max Fullard featuring D.R.A.M.)
Nights of the Fourth
2017 "Andromeda"
(Gorillaz featuring D.R.A.M.)
Humanz
"We Got the Power"
(Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth, Noel Gallagher and D.R.A.M.)
"I'm On 3.0"[34]
(Trae tha Truth featuring T.I., Dave East, Tee Grizzley, Royce da 5'9", Curren$y, D.R.A.M., Snoop Dogg,
Fabolous, Rick Ross, Chamillionaire, G-Eazy, Styles P, E-40, Mark Morrison and Gary Clark, Jr.)
Tha Truth, Pt. 3
"Count Up"
(Smokepurpp featuring D.R.A.M.)
Deadstar
"All of Mine"
(Young Dolph featuring D.R.A.M.)
Thinking Out Loud
2018 "Must've Been"
(Chromeo featuring D.R.A.M.)
Head Over Heels
2018 "It Gets Better"
(GRiZ featuring D.R.A.M.)
Non-album single

Other charted songsEdit

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
R&B/HH
Bub.

[26]
CAN
[35]
IRE
[36]
NZ
Heat.

[37]
"Cash Out"
(Calvin Harris featuring Schoolboy Q, PartyNextDoor and D.R.A.M.)
2017 6 94 67 1 Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Caretaker" 2015 Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Surf
"the function." Remy Banks, World's Fair higher.
"D.R.A.M. Sings Special" 2016 Chance the Rapper, Elle Varner Coloring Book
"Chill Bill (Remix)" Rob Stone, Denzel Curry, Cousin Stizz I'm Almost Ready
"People Want to Hear About Love" Neil Young + Promise of the Real Earth
"The Come Up" 2018 Smoke DZA Not for Sale
"Gucci Plug" Nick Grant Dreaming Out Loud
"Communication" Arin Ray Platinum Fire
"I Like You" Childish Major, 6lack WOO$AH

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2017 Grammy Awards[38] Best Rap/Sung Performance "Broccoli"
(with Lil Yachty)
Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards[39] Best New Hip-Hop Artist D.R.A.M. Nominated
Billboard Music Awards[40] Top Streaming Song (Audio) "Broccoli"
(with Lil Yachty)
Nominated
Top Rap Song Nominated
Top Rap Collaboration Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Collaboration Nominated
Best Hip Hop Video Nominated
2018 Grammy Awards Best Dance Recording "Andromeda" (with Gorillaz) Nominated

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Formerly stylized as D.R.A.M.; previously DRAMA J
  1. ^ "Cha Cha" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number one on the Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[26]
  2. ^ "Cash Machine" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number six on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Meet D.R.A.M., the Virginia Artist Who Stopped Following the Rules of Rap and Had One Epic Summer - NOISEY". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b Lawrence Burney, Meet D.R.A.M., the Virginia Artist Who Stopped Following the Rules of Rap and Had One Epic Summer Vice Media, October 8, 2014
  3. ^ "DRAM". iTunes. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  4. ^ "D.R.A.M Signs to Atlantic Records – Fashionably-Early". 10 July 2015.
  5. ^ ""Broccoli" [ft. Lil Yachty] by D.R.A.M. Review - and his album titled "Big Baby D.R.A.M." is set to be released on the 21st Of October 2016 Pitchfork". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b "#1Epic EP by D.R.A.M." iTunes. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  7. ^ "D.R.A.M.: Chart History for Cha Cha". Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Gahdamn! by D.R.A.M." iTunes. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  9. ^ "Watch Chance the Rapper Send Epic 'Blessings (Reprise)' on 'Fallon'". Rolling Stone. October 4, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  10. ^ Lilah, Rose (5 October 2016). "D.R.A.M. announces his first album". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  11. ^ a b "D.R.A.M. – Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  12. ^ "D.R.A.M. – Chart History (R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "D.R.A.M. – Chart History (Rap Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "D.R.A.M. – Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  15. ^ a b c "American album certifications – D.R.A.M." Recording Industry Association of America". Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "D.R.A.M.: Google Play: Live At The Milk Jam Room - Music on Google Play". Google Play. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  17. ^ ""#1HappyHoliday - Single" by DRAM on iTunes". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  18. ^ "DRAM Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  19. ^ "DRAM Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  20. ^ "DRAM Chart History: Hot Rap Songs". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  21. ^ "DRAM Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  22. ^ "Discography D.R.A.M." dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Switzerland. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  23. ^ "Discography D.R.A.M." swedishcharts.com. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  24. ^ "DRAM FT LIL YACHTY | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  25. ^ Peak chart positions for singles on the R&B Chart in the United Kingdom:
  26. ^ a b c "Chart Search for D.R.A.M. (Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles) | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  27. ^ "Canadian single certifications – DRAM – Broccoli". Music Canada. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  28. ^ "The Uber Song - Single by DRAM". Apple Music. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  29. ^ "Group Thang (Demo) - Single by DRAM". Apple Music. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  30. ^ "For the Love Of (feat. D.R.A.M) - Single by DP". iTunes. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  31. ^ "Slappin (feat. Nef The Pharaoh & D.R.A.M.) - Single by E-40". iTunes. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  32. ^ "Smokin' What I'm Smokin' On (feat. D.R.A.M. & Rich The Kid) - Single by MOD SUN". iTunes. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  33. ^ "1999 (feat. D.R.A.M) - Single by Max Fullard". iTunes. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  34. ^ "I'm On 3.0" – via Amazon.
  35. ^ "Calvin Harris – Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  36. ^ "Discography Calvin Harris". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  37. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 10 July 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  38. ^ "Here Is the Complete List of Nominees for the 2017 Grammys". Billboard. December 6, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016.
  39. ^ "Drake Leads 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations". Rap-Up. January 4, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  40. ^ "Drake, The Chainsmokers Lead Nominees for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 12 April 2017.

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