January 29, 2023

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Shelley FKA DRAM’s Long Overdue Album Overdelivers

A Highly Anticipated Return

Five years after dropping his first album, Shelley Fka DRAM has surprised fans with a soulful and well put- together album. The self titled record, Shelley FKA DRAM, is a 10-track journey of rebranding from the rapper and singer who is not-so-new to the spotlight.

The soft acoustics of his songs intertwine beautifully with a jazzy bass, which sets a laidback vibe. Shelley FKA DRAM comes in with a barrage of harmonies – and some pretty decent bars, too.

Songs like “Remedies” and his cover of Daft Punk’s “Something About Us” truly showcase what sets DRAM apart from anyone in the industry. In addition, the help of featured artists on the project allows this record to be brought up another level.

Shelley FKA DRAM enlists the help of Summer Walker on the lead single “All Pride Aside.” WATT, as well as one of the hottest R&B stars out now, H.E.R., appear on “The Lay Down.” However, the best feature comes to us from the neo-soul queen, Erykah Badu, on “‘93 Acura Vigor.

All of Shelley’s features mix well with his new sound, even years later and after what seemed like disappearing act. The artist took a detour from music to fight some demons within, but now he’s back.

Shelley FKA DRAM Comes Off Hiatus

Things took a turn for Shelley FKA DRAM after rising to the top of everyone’s playlists with the 2015 hit “CHA CHA,” as well as the follow-up smash “Broccoli,”  which features Lil Yachty.

The quick rise to R&B fame set off DRAM’s spiral into addiction. Then, he largely went quiet after 2018. Thankfully, in 2020, he decided to sober up and rebrand himself  as Shelley. This new style and approach to music is more vulnerable than ever and a lot more intricate.

This album is quite the contrast from the bubbly and energetic personality we saw long ago. Yet, we don’t think this is such a bad thing. Overall, the vocals on this record are dynamic and weave buttery tones and slick flow in-between each other. This, too, is what really make the album good for anyone who wants just a laid-back vibe.

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