The fact that Dapz soon-to-be meteoric rise in the mainstream consciousness can be traced to a handful of online YouTube videos speaks volumes on the influence of good writing skill and the responses from the online grime community.
Dapz (aka DAPZ ON THE MAP) is part of the next generation of great urban grime mc/singers. Born in the Perry Barr, Birmingham, he grew up with Caribbean influences — from the bashment sounds of Sean Paul and Beanie Man to the new sounds of underground grime and rap of Chipmunk and Skepta. He combines it all into his own neo-soulful sound, which he developed in Wolverhampton studio with the guidance from friend/producer DJ Apostle.
His first major achievement in the industry was working with Griminal (Universal Records) and completing his 13 track mix tape “Tempo Talented” (2009). It was placed it on the internet for free download and is still being played today.
His excellent sound is truly unique, with many members from the Midlands’s elite group of MCs such as Stayfresh, Lady Leshurr and Trilla, all featuring his voice on albums and mix tapes. Dapz songs touch on various issues, both personal and political. He talks of the struggle aspiring artist go through trying to be a father and a musician. Soft-spoken yet intense in his passion for words and music, Dapz is a commanding presence well beyond his years, so it’s no surprise that he’s won over audiences around the UK.
Already a well known MC in Birmingham, and having performed on many of the major internet mc’ing sessions and music festivals for more than five years, Dapz receives rave reviews and feedback from his fans. Dapz is now ready for the big stage and make the world hear what he has to say.
One of the Midlands foremost performers, Dapz released his second solo mix tape titled “Bob and Weave” which coincided with a UK radio tour to promote it. On this one he went from just mc’ing to singing and co-producing most of the tracks himself with a few select collaborators. The result was a much more varied and tighter sounding record than his first one, but it’s still nowhere close to hearing him live. His professionalism coupled with his talent and stage presence, makes any showcase one you will thoroughly enjoy.
As of 2013, he has had success, seeing his single “Straight Up” which features Lil Choppa and produced by Thomas Mellor blow up in a somewhat huge way, and artists such as Boy Better Know’s Skepta, Blay and Invasion Alert’s Sox have remixed the tune. You can download the single from iTunes now.
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