Dapz on the Map
Dapz on the map
Dapz (aka DAPZ ON THE MAP) is part of the next generation of great urban grime mc/singers. Born in Birmingham, he grew up with Caribbean influences, from Sean Paul & Red Rat to the new sounds of underground grime and rap, THE MOVEMENT & BBK. He combines it all into his own neo-soulful sound, which he developed in a Wolverhampton studio with the guidance from friend and producer DJ Apostle.
His excellent sound is truly unique, with many members from the Birmingham elite group of MCs such as Invasion, Stayfresh & Lady Leshurr, to being co signed by major UK artists such as Professor Green, Shola Ama, BBK & Ghetts. Dapz OTM songs touch on various issues, both personal and political. He talks of the struggles aspiring artists 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, having performed on Kano’s “Made In The Manor” tour and supported Skepta on his Birmingham leg of the Konnichiwa tour, it's no surprise that he's won over audiences around the UK.
Dapz OTM is about to release his solo project DSAW during the coming months, coinciding with a UK tour to promote it. On this one he has gone from just mc’ing to singing and co-producing most of the tracks himself with a few selective collaborators. The result is a much more varied and tighter sounding record than his previous projects, but it’s still nowhere close to hearing him live.
"Art is not strictly created for the consumption of other people – often it is fun to be in the creative process, while for others their artistic expression can be a necessary catharsis – but the relative ‘success’ of someone’s art with other people can also be a huge factor in their work. Commercial success can make it easier for artists to continue being just that, but successful art can also mean that it simply resonates with others, and a positive response can provide the artist with a belief in their own ability, which they may have needed to keep going and keep creating."