2016 Juice Jam performer, hit-maker, and professional good vibe-spreader D.R.A.M. just dropped a new single Friday, and it’s hot. Seriously.
This song had me dancing in my desk chair the first time I played it. Production credits on this one go to Ricky ‘Wallpaper’ Reed. Similar to “Broccoli,” “Cash Machine” opens with an infectious piano melody sampled from Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah I love Her So” that continues throughout the whole song. It’s paired with a grooving drum sample and that sweet sound of paper stackin’. D.R.A.M. raps and croons about the fact that he’s got money now and he wants everyone to know it. He’s one of the many new-school singer/rappers, but he separates himself from them by actually being able to sing. He comes through with a catchy, feel good chorus in his signature vocal inflection. The lyrics aren’t anything super special, but that’s just not the point of the song. It’s not too long, not too short and is absolutely something to vibe to at a party, or when you just need a pick-me-up. It’s been playing in my headphones every day since it came out, over and over and over.
With “Broccoli” (maybe the hip-hop song of the summer?) surpassing Rihanna, Drake and Desiigner for the number 1 R&B/hip-hop streaming song on Billboard just the other day, D.R.A.M. released “Cash Machine” at the perfect moment. I have no doubt in my mind that D.R.A.M. is on the verge of getting really, really big. Between a feature on Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book, collaborations with Lil Yachty and his current Spread Love tour, the man’s positivity and happiness are everywhere. Pushing positivity is something that’s great for the hip hop scene right now and I think everyone needs some D.R.A.M. in their life. Listen to “Cash Machine” below.