Born David Orobosa Omoregie in Brixton, South London, the Nigerian-British rapper released his first EP, Six Paths, in 2016, followed by Game Over in 2017. The South London-based rapper Dave has been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious music awards. Britain’s Mercury Prize is closely watched because it can point the way for success around the world.
Since earning an early career boost from Canadian superstar Drake, the 21-year-old has established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting musicians, with a chart-topping debut album and viral Glastonbury performance under his belt.
The Mercury Prize is awarded for the best album released in the UK by a British or Irish act and has a winning cheque for £25,000 as well. Dave, from Streatham, made headlines at this year’s Glastonbury when he invited teenager Alex Mann to join him on stage to rap along to his hit Thiago Silva and the clip went viral.
Psychodrama features Burna Boy, J Hus, and Ruelle
Released in March, Psychodrama features Burna Boy, J Hus, and Ruelle. In an interview with the UK edition of GQ, Dave called the album a life-changing project.
“Psychodrama allowed me to get a lot off my chest,” he said. “It allowed me to become the person that I wanted to live up to being. It allowed me to fulfill my potential, changing the way people see me and the way I see myself. It was the album that I needed it to be, the album that was expected of me.”
‘It will have lasting relevance for a generation and underlines the importance of the album as an art form, making it the perfect winner of the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize.’
The debut album has earned the British rapper comparisons to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole, featuring songs like “Black,” which explores his own relationship with his Blackness and what that means.
“That track is my experience. Me being south London, Black, Nigerian, that’s what I’m mainly basing it on,” he told The Guardian in March. “It’s a good representation of what I associate with and everything that I think, but I don’t think that it’s universal for the whole Black experience, because there’s too many different races and dynamics within the race of Black. For a Black person who’s Senegalese, growing up in France, or a New York Jamaican, that’s a completely different relationship with being Black and how you might be accepted in that culture or that world. Everyone’s experience is different. Especially Black women and black men.”
He Worked With Drake
He’s worked with Drake and made his acting debut in Netflix’s third season of the hit UK series Top Boy, executive produced by the “God’s Plan” rapper.
Dave was joined on stage by his mother as he picked up his Mercury Prize. “She’s given me my life,” he told reporters backstage.
“I literally owe everything to her and God. So to have her here, and to have her experience this, is surreal. She’s just been screaming. She’s gone crazy. It’s not easy to make your mum feel like she’s got something to scream and shout about.”
Stormzy, Annie Mac and Jorja Smith
The 2019 judging panel made up of music experts including Stormzy, Annie Mac and Jorja Smith. Radio presenters Clare Amfo and Danielle Perry, musicians Gaz Coombes and Jamie Cullum, Head of Music at Radio X Mike Walsh, Kerrang! Creative Director Phil Alexander, Vice.com’s Editorial Director Tshepo Mokoaena and The Times’ music critic Will Hodgkinson made up the rest of the panel.