When: Fri., Jan. 27, 9 p.m. 2017
Chicagoan Jayaire Woods’s 2016 mixtape Free the Fall features a curious misstep in a guest verse by his touring partner and labelmate Lil Yachty, who proclaims on “Man of the Year” that “I bring rappers back from the dead / ‘Broccoli’ went gold / Do I need to say the rest?” Yachty had a successful year, no doubt, but he’s the person least responsible for the effervescent buoyancy of “Broccoli,” an irrepressible summer hit by Virginia pop artist D.R.A.M. (the guy also behind the 2015 viral hit “Cha Cha”), who performs the animated hook like a kid bounding up stairs, more delighted with his every passing word. D.R.A.M. dropped his Yachty collaboration en route to October’s Big Baby D.R.A.M. (Atlantic), which sandwiches “Broccoli” between two other sweet and joyous hits, the ragtime rap “Cash Machine” and the gently humming R&B hit “Cute.” Throughout the album D.R.A.M. shows the range of a pop artist eager to juggle genres—it’s most obvious on “Sweet VA Breeze,” which proudly sports classic-soul sensibilities—but the triple play of “Cash Machine,” “Broccoli,” and “Cute” does the most to show his strengths as a musical personality. I’m hard-pressed to find anyone else who can coo in a falsetto about being a foodie and reference Pokémon in how he chooses a lady and still make the whole endeavor come off as charming as D.R.A.M.
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