After his breakout single "Broccoli," we knew that D.R.A.M. was a unique guy, and he has an appropriately interesting take on his music: When asked to describe his style in a recent interview, he responded, "Damn... I would say it's like a Mewtwo, if you're talking Pokémon. Just rare."
He went on to say that his music is inspired by everything from "The Sound Of Music to big-band shit" to "the whole P-Funk wave, the Hot Buttered Soul [by Isaac Hayes] wave." D.R.A.M. said his hopes were high for "Broccoli," but he didn't envision the track blowing up like it did: "To be honest, I thought I was going to be well received but strictly on the SoundCloud platform. I had no idea that it was going to be a Billboard top 40 record. So yeah, I thought it was gonna be just lit for the culture, lit for SoundCloud, for the Internet. But it just really grew, to our surprise. So nobody's mad over here."
He also provided some history on "D.R.A.M. Sings Special," from Chance The Rapper's Coloring Book, saying it began as a children's song: "I was literally trying to make something that you could put on Barney, that you could put on Sesame Street -- it was strictly for the children. That was the first intention. And Chance heard it through Nate and Donnie -- you know how producers are, playing shit. He called me mad times to use the record on the project as an interlude. After thinking about it, I was like, man, fuck it, whatever. It's just like, the first half of the record. Eventually, we'll release it in full."
Read the rest of the illuminating interview here.