- Date: October 20, 2016
- Location: IMU 2nd Floor Ballroom
From Hampton, Virginia, D.R.A.M. (Does.Real.Ass.Music) has arrived at hip-hop’s front door, and will not be leaving anytime soon. Featured on the track “Caretaker” on Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s album Surf in early 2015, D.R.A.M. began making a name for himself in the world of hip hop. D.R.A.M worked closely with Chance the Rapper on his early 2016 album Coloring Book in the track “D.R.A.M. Sings Special”.
D.R.A.M.’s debut single release of “Cha Cha” landed him a deal with Atlantic Records in July of 2015. Acording to Billboard, “D.R.A.M.'s charisma is palpable and as catchy as the song itself.” Following “Cha Cha’s” success, D.R.A.M. released a mixtape titled Gahdamn! Which was reviewed as a “breezy sprint through many styles” by Pitchfork. His 2016 summer release of “Broccoli” featuring Lil Yachty made Billboard’s Hot 100 list hitting number 18. With validation from Beyoncé, D.R.A.M. is making his mark on the industry, continuing to gain popularity with is catchy tracks.
Opener: Ric Wilson
Ric Wilson is a 21-year-old Black Self-proclaimed Artist, Performer and Prison Abolitionist from the South-Side of Chicago. On August 30th, 2016 Ric dropped his EP "Soul Bounce" and following that weekend he performed at Northcoast Music Festival opening for BASSNECTAR on the Main Stage. Ric now continues to travel the city of Chicago and the Country performing and speaking on social issues.