Shelley FKA DRAM: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

Shelley FKA DRAM: A Quick-Read Bio Revealed

Here’s the bio, life, career, awards, facts, trivia, and favorites of Shelley FKA DRAM. We would like to take you through the chapters in the life and career of one of the world’s talented musicians. This is Australian Unwrapped’s compilation of research about Shelley FKA DRAM. Enjoy the journey!

Full Name: Shelley Marshaun Massenburg-Smith

Also Known As: D.R.A.M. – Big Baby D.R.A.M. – Only 1 D.R.A.M.- Drama J

Born: August 3, 1988

Origin: Hampton, Virginia, U.S.

Genres: Hip hop – R&B

Zodiac: Leo

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Early Start

  • Massenburg-Smith was born and originated from West Germany before moving to the United States and was raised in Hampton, Virginia.
  • His mother was in the military.
  • “White Turns to Grey” from Bilal’s unreleased second album Love for Sale, which he discovered in 2006 when it leaked online was his #1 song that he cited to be his favorite “hidden gem” in music.




Career Journey

  • 2015: DRAM launched his debut EP, #1Epic through Atlantic Records and Empire Distribution which housed the single “Cha Cha”, topping the Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[8] In October, the debut mixtape, Gahdamn! came out.
  • 2016: His hit single “Broccoli” featuring Lil Yachty that gained international success and ranked 5th on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first top five song in the country, was released.
  • 2016: He showed up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing “Blessings (Reprise)” with Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla Sign, Anthony Hamilton and Raury in October of this year. His debut studio album, Big Baby DRAM, was launched which garnered lots of affirmative feedback.
  • 2016: DRAM was housed on the single “Andromeda” from British virtual band Gorillaz for their fifth album, Humanz.
  • 2016: He provided the vocals of Wallace from Lazor Wulf.




Awards & Recognition

  • Grammy Awards (2 nominations)
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards nomination
  • Billboard Music Awards (3 nominations)
  • MTV Video Music Awards (2 nominations)





Fun Facts & Trivia

  • DRAM is an abbreviation for “does real-ass music”
  • Shelley said that the change in his name is symbolic to the changes that he made in his musical direction, as well as his lifestyle in general.





Artist’s Favorites

“Hidden Gem” In Music:  The song White Turns to Grey from Bilal‘s 2nd album Love for Sale
Color:  Pink



Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from Shelley FKA DRAM:

Cash Machine

Length: 3:01

Release: 2016

Opening Lyrics:

I ain’t talkin’ to you broke bitches I got money now
All a nigga understand is- since that check came in
Everybody’s talkin’ like a nigga actin’ funny now
That don’t matter, all I hear is- since that check came in
I love it when you talk to me
My cash machine, my cash machine
I love it when you talk to me
My cash machine, my cash machine
Since that check came in
Don’t you know that I got that bag
And best believe my mama straight
I sent some bands to Tatiana
And if I brought you out I’ll pay your way
I copped a second set of goldens, these ones way more colder
I’m in the sky like all the time and now it’s no layover
My records all across the wave and there was no payola
This money new, these hundreds blue, I’m talkin’ no Crayola
My credit card is a plastic bankroll


More Songs to Listen to:

Shelley FKA DRAM: Top 5 Songs



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