Shelley FKA DRAM: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert The artist formerly known as D.R.A.M. returns to the Tiny Desk with a new look, a vocally flawless performance, and the premiere of a brand new song.
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Shelley FKA DRAM: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.


When D.R.A.M. played the Tiny Desk back in 2017, he made a couple of things clear to us: His playfully dynamic personality was primed for the spotlight, and beneath the catchy hooks, there's a real singer waiting to come out. For his Tiny Desk (home) concert, he does a complete 180. "It's like a new beginning. Full circle. So this time, call me Shelley." he says, following the opening track, "Exposure." Everything is new. Silk pajamas and slippers replace the trench coat and plush beanie, and thanks to lifestyle changes, he's slimmed down quite a bit and goes by his government name now: Shelley.

The shift from lighthearted melodic hip-hop to full-on R&B crooner shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's seen him perform live. It feels like it's his way of saying, "Now that I have your attention, allow me to introduce myself." We still get glimpses of the "Big Baby" here and there — the charm, a little bit of silliness, and the million-dollar grin — but other than that, it's grown folks business and vocally flawless performance. For the Shelley Show, he gathers a groovy band in front of a massive bookshelf and runs through selections, including the premiere of "Rich & Famous" from his upcoming self-titled project, due out on April 29, his late mother's birthday. If D.R.A.M. was the ploy to break into the music industry, then Shelley is the longevity play.

SET LIST

  • "Exposure"
  • "The Lay Down"
  • "Cooking With Grease"
  • "Rich & Famous"

MUSICIANS

  • Shelley: vocals
  • SlimWav: keys
  • Sensei Bueno: guitar
  • Keith "KJ" Glover: drums
  • Trey Mitchell: bass
  • Yuli: viola
  • Crystal Carr: vocals
  • David Fuller: vocals

CREDITS

  • Video: Junia Abaidoo, Carlon Ramong, Steve Othello
  • Audio: Paul Katzman, Adrian Porter, Raul Lopez

TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Video Producer: Kara Frame
  • Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
  • Tiny Production Team: Maia Stern, Bob Boilen
  • Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann