Unless you were living under a rock the past five months, Virginia vocalist Big Baby D.R.A.M. had one of the biggest hits of the summer with “Broccoli.” Big Baby’s carefree voice, J. Gramm’s bouncy staccato piano and blaring synth drums, and Mumble Rap President Lil Yachty‘s guest verse proved to be a combo still dominating the charts. The song has picked up so much energy that it’s even done the impossible and knocked a Drake song off of the top of the Billboard Rap charts; it’s at once well-deserved and a victory after Drake swagger-jacked D.R.A.M.’s first hit single.
Back in 2014, D.R.A.M. exploded onto the scene with a song called “Cha Cha” from his debut project #1EpicSummer, later re-released as #1EpicEP. We already laid out the history behind that song here, but TL;DR, Drake heard the song and more or less jacked the rhythm and feel for a little song called “Hotline Bling,” and it didn’t go unnoticed.
With co-signs from Snoop Dogg, Chance The Rapper, Erykah Badu, and even Beyoncé, side eyes were darting everywhere once “Hotline Bling” took over the airwaves last year. D.R.A.M. wasted no time and started sweetening the lemons thrown his way, dropping the still under appreciated Gahdamn! EP and landing stellar features with Chance, Michael Christmas, E-40, and Rob $tone. He’s even touring with professional wilder Lil Dicky in the next few weeks, which at least thrusts him onto another echelon.
In the meantime, Drake has been coasting at the top, soaking up money from Views and reigniting beefs on his Summer Sixteen tour. “Broccoli” overtaking the Rihanna-assisted “Too Good” on the rap charts isn’t a death blow to Drake by any means, but two years removed from the release of #1EpicSummer, it’s a nice door prize for an artist who deserves all this sudden shine.