Shelley FKA DRAM: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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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.
Bobby Carter | April 26, 2021
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.
"The Lay Down"
"Cooking With Grease"
"Rich & Famous"
Shelley: vocals
SlimWav: keys
Sensei Bueno: guitar
Keith "KJ" Glover: drums
Trey Mitchell: bass
Yuli: viola
Crystal Carr: vocals
David Fuller: vocals
Video: Junia Abaidoo, Carlon Ramong, Steve Othello
Audio: Paul Katzman, Adrian Porter, Raul Lopez
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
#shelley #dram #tinydesk #nprmusic


  1. L Capitan
    L Capitan
    2 dagen geleden

    I'm back for the millionth time wondering why it's not at a milli yet!

  2. Michael Robinson
    Michael Robinson
    2 dagen geleden

    It's crazy to see his original NPR debut and then come back years later to an evolved artist. I'm glad he still sounds and looks as sincere as when he first debuted.

  3. Shany Renae
    Shany Renae
    2 dagen geleden

    Okaaaaay now 🔥🔥🔥🔥

  4. Tiffany Douglas
    Tiffany Douglas
    3 dagen geleden

    That lol move he does when he performs Cooking With Grease is my favorite 😂😂🔥🔥 he brings some real soul now, love his growth!!!!!

  5. Tamara Noemí
    Tamara Noemí
    3 dagen geleden


  6. Matt Milli
    Matt Milli
    3 dagen geleden

    Bruh underrated and Best R&B album this year🔥🔥🔥

  7. Mac
    3 dagen geleden

    That voiiiiice 🔥🔥 whole band is a vibe

  8. mo analyssa
    mo analyssa
    3 dagen geleden


  9. Roxii Roxx
    Roxii Roxx
    4 dagen geleden

    Shelley!!!! Vocals! This is a whole vibe!! I’m here for it!

  10. Corin
    4 dagen geleden

    Kehlani, Kiana lede, and Victoria monet next please

  11. Chris Chuck
    Chris Chuck
    4 dagen geleden

    The GOAT! His album my favorite album right now. Easy

  12. ilovefr4nk
    6 dagen geleden

    last song is vibe

  13. KatinKA KatinKA
    KatinKA KatinKA
    6 dagen geleden

    The Olympus of modern R'nB. A soulful pleasure

  14. A
    6 dagen geleden

    I'm getting modern Teddy Pendergrass vibes. Loving the reinvention. Well done, Shelley.

    6 dagen geleden


  16. Cynthia Walcott
    Cynthia Walcott
    6 dagen geleden

    I don't go one day without listening to Shelley's music ❤️ He just blow's me away and the back ground singers are on 🔥

  17. Payton Reed
    Payton Reed
    6 dagen geleden

    This was fye af

  18. Gabrielle Pollard
    Gabrielle Pollard
    7 dagen geleden

    I’ve missed him so much😭😭😭

  19. Reeree
    8 dagen geleden

    I could watch the Shelly show everyday 🎶

  20. Reeree
    8 dagen geleden

    Maaan he looks like he having so much fun I love this 💖 I've peeped his music but after that song with summer walker and this, I'm officially invested. This is exactly my type a vibe. Bravo to him the band and vocal team cuzzz this wasss a whole mood!

    9 dagen geleden

    He's still hurting. Just want to hug him.

  22. Lusa Jackson
    Lusa Jackson
    9 dagen geleden


  23. southpac1976
    10 dagen geleden


  24. Cash Rulez
    Cash Rulez
    10 dagen geleden

    Glad he’s back I was wondering why I hadn’t heard from him and this year he been releasing some heat

  25. T Prince
    T Prince
    10 dagen geleden

    He’s so talented and adorable. I wish nothing but good things for him.

  26. jaida knight
    jaida knight
    10 dagen geleden


  27. Amiel Williams
    Amiel Williams
    10 dagen geleden

    This entire album is NOT getting the respect and recognition it deserves.

  28. AlyssaBrionne
    10 dagen geleden


  29. Victoria Denee
    Victoria Denee
    10 dagen geleden

    This. Is. Just. Everything. His growth is so inspiring, he looks and sounds brand new. I hope Shelley has the very best of all things in life. Big ups beloved!!!

  30. KsCoHa1987
    11 dagen geleden

    That was great...hope he brings that whole set up on tour

  31. Time Clock
    Time Clock
    11 dagen geleden

    He look so much better without that beanie...u can see how attractive he is.

  32. gloomymofo
    11 dagen geleden

    Welcome back Shelley (DRAM) it is a joy to see this evolution

  33. Champange Charde
    Champange Charde
    11 dagen geleden

    She sound like Summer Walker

    1. Crystal Carr
      Crystal Carr
      10 dagen geleden

      Thank you I love Summer Walker 💜

  34. Cashae Green
    Cashae Green
    11 dagen geleden

    @Npr tiny desk when dc opens please bring this back I need to be on the building when Shelley performs I have watched this over and over since u released it his voice is amazing and this a vibe

  35. Damini Nigeria
    Damini Nigeria
    12 dagen geleden

    I am addicted in this concert...i loved Shelley, If you read this...

  36. T Coates
    T Coates
    13 dagen geleden

    Maaan, his vocals were on point!! His voice reminded me of Ronald Isley from the Isley Brothers, especially when he'd hit those higher notes. I think you can really hear it in The Lay Down😉

  37. Stephanie Brown
    Stephanie Brown
    13 dagen geleden

    Omg them background vocals on Exposure

  38. Darius Durr
    Darius Durr
    13 dagen geleden

    40 of y’all buggin’...This is so GAHDAMN groovy!

  39. Christopher Holloman
    Christopher Holloman
    13 dagen geleden

    757 what it do keep putting on fam ✊🏾 something in the water

  40. datanoster
    13 dagen geleden

    This joins my favourite tiny desks, megan thee stallion, tank and the bangas and now this.

  41. datanoster
    13 dagen geleden

    An absolute lesson. everything about this slays

  42. Angie Blue
    Angie Blue
    13 dagen geleden


  43. Christina Hu
    Christina Hu
    13 dagen geleden

    This guy is fire. 🔥🔥

  44. Chasity Ragland
    Chasity Ragland
    13 dagen geleden

    Love his soulfulnesss it is so rare... Big Baby DRAM fan since cha cha ...he is extra ordinary... Here For Shelley ❤❤❤❤🥰

  45. Chris Bass
    Chris Bass
    13 dagen geleden

    I don’t know if I can help but I’m going to send this to 10 of my friends I would like everybody to do the same get this bro to 1 million views

  46. Lady Love
    Lady Love
    14 dagen geleden

    Dram is Shelly and this new music is fire. love your new sound

  47. Pilar Sánchez perilla
    Pilar Sánchez perilla
    14 dagen geleden

    Beautiful music ❤❤🍷🍷🎵🔝🎤 the voice is magic

  48. Jessica Lashae
    Jessica Lashae
    14 dagen geleden

    I literally Never comment but for this amazing work I just had to. Let me first start by saying I've ALWAYS LOVED SHELLEY fka Dram!!! After watching this I said let me go back and watched his 2017 performance and not that it wasn't great, but I am just LOVING this sexy grown man vibe from him! I LOVE seeing Growth! And is growth has transpired from physically, vocally and lyrically!!! I LOVE IT

  49. baby doll
    baby doll
    14 dagen geleden


    14 dagen geleden

    Dope! Easy and early 💯

  51. Briana Robinson
    Briana Robinson
    14 dagen geleden

    I love

  52. Astrid Dee
    Astrid Dee
    14 dagen geleden

    He can’t really sing but his song making skills and passion drives thru to deliver such great artistry. Always been a fan excited to continue to watch his growth

  53. BudDha-Mlungisi Kunene-Ngubane
    BudDha-Mlungisi Kunene-Ngubane
    15 dagen geleden

    Ooh God thank you Shelley FKA DRAM so much greatness

  54. Cristiana Cabral de Mello
    Cristiana Cabral de Mello
    15 dagen geleden

    So beautiful ❤️

  55. Marc London TV
    Marc London TV
    15 dagen geleden

    THIS WAS AMAZING!!!!! 🔥🔥🔥

  56. Lashonda Mickle
    Lashonda Mickle
    15 dagen geleden

    Yaaaas! Come thruuuu SHELLEY! ❤❤❤❤

  57. Sable McWilliams
    Sable McWilliams
    15 dagen geleden

    I love listening to Artist that make me feel like I never heard music before! Fka Dram really made a vibe!!!

  58. Skylar Moore
    Skylar Moore
    15 dagen geleden

    Sing it sista - stunning yet very complimentary to shelley 🥲

  59. Natasha Paredes
    Natasha Paredes
    15 dagen geleden

    The 757 will always remain superior when it comes to producing musical talent

    15 dagen geleden


  61. Juliano Cezar Teles Vaz
    Juliano Cezar Teles Vaz
    16 dagen geleden

    I really appreciate it, thank you, npr! AMAZING!

  62. Miles A
    Miles A
    16 dagen geleden

    so beautiful omg

  63. yones benichou
    yones benichou
    16 dagen geleden

    The voice is Beautiful 😍

  64. Janet Decemberlock
    Janet Decemberlock
    16 dagen geleden

    I love dram high line I fell in love n love with his music

  65. Miyagi FatGhost
    Miyagi FatGhost
    16 dagen geleden

    Bro that last song tho now that i link my bluetooth.....Did yall HEAR that 1st verse!!! My God he tore that ish upppp!! THE PEN GAME IS GOD LEVEL BROOO

  66. Craig Pierce
    Craig Pierce
    16 dagen geleden

    2 up 2 down

  67. SuturedUp2
    16 dagen geleden

    37 dislikes is disrespectful

  68. Sharmon Jarmon!
    Sharmon Jarmon!
    16 dagen geleden


  69. Sharmon Jarmon!
    Sharmon Jarmon!
    16 dagen geleden

    this bass doe!

  70. 7489k
    16 dagen geleden

    I love his tone so, so much 💜 he sounds an looks to be in a very good place 🖖

  71. danielle greenberg
    danielle greenberg
    16 dagen geleden

    Please go on tour and please come to Orlando. You and everyone that is with you! Tour! I love you! Tour! 😻

  72. M H
    M H
    16 dagen geleden

    The violin was beautiful! Shelley sangs directly to me! Issa vibe!!!

  73. Ricco The Rich
    Ricco The Rich
    16 dagen geleden

    The Shelley Show is More Life💯💪🧠🎶💰🙏

  74. see
    16 dagen geleden

    THIS WAS SO GOOOOOD. shelley come a long way since cha cha and we love to see the growth! his sound has ALWAYS been special.

  75. 757CitiesReppa
    16 dagen geleden

    Yeah, I’mma be ridin out to Rich and Famous this summer on Atlantic and Pacific Avenues...7-5 know..👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  76. PurpleCityDame
    16 dagen geleden


  77. Geo Cyo
    Geo Cyo
    17 dagen geleden

    I'm with it. 100%. I want to pull up a chair and be front row to wherever he is performing. I like where I see popular music heading for those like me who like music more than what I am told is supposed to be popular. Give me more.

  78. Damini Nigeria
    Damini Nigeria
    17 dagen geleden

    He looks Burna Boy a little bit. Good you changed your style music.

  79. Thomas productions
    Thomas productions
    17 dagen geleden

    Thank you so original

  80. Desean Gahner
    Desean Gahner
    17 dagen geleden

    I really ain’t know he had this... shook 🥲

  81. mr. mayhem
    mr. mayhem
    17 dagen geleden

    Killer job

  82. Carlos Rob
    Carlos Rob
    17 dagen geleden

    peace; This Brotha always been nice but I didn't know he changed his name. Good show regardless!

  83. Genesis Israel
    Genesis Israel
    17 dagen geleden

    I never knew....🥰

  84. dc h
    dc h
    17 dagen geleden

  85. keo lanechange
    keo lanechange
    18 dagen geleden

    We know he got the FKA from twigs

  86. DNai Spencer
    DNai Spencer
    18 dagen geleden

    I love every bit of this

  87. Selah_Benjamin B
    Selah_Benjamin B
    18 dagen geleden

    🔥🔥🔥🔥 bro sounds good, but those background singers!!!! Geeeessssuuuuussss!!!

    1. Crystal Carr
      Crystal Carr
      16 dagen geleden

      Thank you so much! Follow me everywhere @iamcrystalcarr 🙏🏽💜

  88. Mat Call
    Mat Call
    18 dagen geleden

    So good

    18 dagen geleden


  90. Heather TEA
    Heather TEA
    18 dagen geleden

    Y'ALL out Chere SANGING!!!🔥 GON Head!!!👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

    1. Crystal Carr
      Crystal Carr
      16 dagen geleden

      Thanks Heather! 🙏🏽💜

  91. Khadija Jones
    Khadija Jones
    18 dagen geleden

    SING HUNNY!!!!!!!!

  92. Dev
    18 dagen geleden

    We need you back out here dram. We need real music back. So we can get love back into the world.

    1. Adaranijo Abdul
      Adaranijo Abdul
      14 dagen geleden

      he just dropped a EP check it out

  93. ana XO
    ana XO
    19 dagen geleden

    OMG may the best concert of NPR? 💖🔥 I'm dead 💀

  94. B Mc
    B Mc
    19 dagen geleden

    Only real ones individually shout out their support staff!

  95. Kevin Durantjr
    Kevin Durantjr
    19 dagen geleden

    I didn’t know 2chainz can sing

  96. Steve Bell
    Steve Bell
    19 dagen geleden

    BRAVO SALUTE KING Beautiful Song lyrics Straight From the Heart! SHELLEY🎶🎶🎶🎶💪🏾💯❤️🎤🎤🎤🎤🎤

  97. SunKissed Queen
    SunKissed Queen
    19 dagen geleden

    I ride for my 757 fam ❤️❤️

  98. Deneile Cesar
    Deneile Cesar
    19 dagen geleden

    Y’all didn’t have to close it out on us like that!!!! Gahdamn🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 I’m at the show the chuch the concert the after party the valley the tribunal🙌🏾👌🏾🤦🏾‍♀️🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

  99. Erica McLendon
    Erica McLendon
    19 dagen geleden


  100. Leiliane75
    19 dagen geleden