D.R.A.M. and Erykah Badu Team Up for Steamy Love Jam on "Wifi"

Leading light Erykah Badu and hip-hop's tipsy lady-killer band together for a romantic duet.

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This is a big moment for D.R.A.M. He had the song of the summer with "Broccoli" and his debut album, Big Baby D.R.A.M., just came out. So you might wonder why he opted for a major change of pace right on the cusp of everything.

The song is a slow jam. D.R.A.M. flirts to the listener, with Badu as his implied antagonist. And she flirts back, singing high-pitched over the meandering, funky instrumental. Tension builds to a point when Badu invites him back to her apartment, too see her "feng shui." And when they arrive, he kicks back on the couch and asks for the wifi password. The reality of modern romance breaks down the door of the otherwise ethereal love song. "Wifi" is all about this connection, or lack thereof, with the pun very much intended.

All in all, the song doesn't seem to be much of a commentary on the ills of the 20-teens dating scene as much as it is playfully referencing the more absurd parts of it. In that way, the song is much more self-aware than its contemporaries.

With earworm hits like "Cash Machine" and "Broccoli" under his belt, it was nice to hear D.R.A.M. take a step back from the money-makers and put out a single that stays true to his 2015 Gahdamn! tape's roots. He's the drunken, flirty maverick of hip-hop, eschewer of genre norms, and he's finally got a chance to show that part of himself to his new mainstream audience.

Listen to D.R.A.M. and Erykah Badu's "Wifi" below:

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