Label: Empire, Atlantic
Released: Oct. 21

Bursting onto the scene with his hit 2015 single “Cha Cha,” Virginia's own D.R.A.M. exuded a different vibe, one based on huge smiles, loads of energy, and an ear for the unique. Not too many artists would think about throwing huge guitar riffs at someone like Young Thug (which he did on “Misunderstood”) and on the very same project duetting with none other than Erykah Badu. No one could escape the twinkling piano and booming bass from D.R.A.M.’s Lil Yachty-assisted “Broccoli”;  but on much of the rest of the album, D.R.A.M. came sensitive and introspective. It’s hard to gauge what this album might sound like a few years removed, but for 2016, this is a perfect examination of the sounds that made up the year. —khal