This year, DRAM—now stylized without the periods—was nominated for Grammy, Billboard Music and MTV VMA awards; dropped the visual for "Cute"; was named a Cash Prince by Forbes; performed at Coachella and SXSW; collaborated with A$AP Rocky, Gorillaz, Calvin Harris, Blac Youngsta, Smokepurpp and Young Dolph; and toured with Kendrick Lamar. Now, before 2017 comes to a close, he's released a new track, "Check Ya Fabrics," produced by none other than Rick Rubin.
He took to Twitter this morning to reveal that the duo had been collaborating for some time, but finally decided to deliver an official release.
"Me & @RickRubin have been working on music together for a couple years now but this is the first track we've officially put out together."
Me & @RickRubin have been working on music together for a couple years now but this is the first track we’ve officially put out together.— DRAM (@BIGBABYDRAM) November 3, 2017
On "Check Ya Fabrics," DRAM delivers a melodic but manipulated rambling stream of pitch-shifted consciousness, a la Frank Ocean's "Nikes" and "Futura Free" (Blonde). All this over Rubin's shimmery funk-soul fusion.