Journalistic objectivity aside, it makes me so happy to write this article. As a fan of D.R.A.M. since his #1Epic EP in March of 2015, it was especially frustrating to spend the entire year experiencing the utter ubiquity of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” knowing full well he had blatantly pilfered D.R.A.M.’s underground smash “Cha Cha” for the guts of the track.
It wasn’t the first or last time Drake would jack a sound for his own personal gain, but as an early supporter of Big Baby D.R.A.M., this one hit close to home.
The tables have turned, however, as D.R.A.M.’s Lil Yachty-assisted single “Broccoli” has replaced Drake’s “Too Good” as the No. 1 rap song in the country.
As if besting Drake on Billboard after the whole “Hotline Bling” fiasco wasn’t a sweet enough victory, D.R.A.M. accomplished this feat independently with the help of his major label Atlantic Records.
Granted, a feature from the self-proclaimed King of Teens Lil Yachty didn’t hurt the prospect of “Broccoli” attaining some sizable success, but once again D.R.A.M. has proven he has what it takes to craft a legitimate hit.
So, while we wait to see if D.R.A.M can capture to top spot on the overall Billboard Hot 100, let’s take a moment to enjoy the sweet, sweet victory of D.R.A.M. claiming his first No. 1 hit and play that shit on replay until Drake samples it for his next love song.
Correction: In a previous version of this article we referred to D.R.A.M. as an independent artist, but he is not. Per his management, D.R.A.M. is signed to a record contract with Atlantic Records through EMPIRE. Interestingly, iTunes does not list Atlantic as D.R.A.M.'s label and he is nowhere to be found on the Atlantic Records website.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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