British rapper Dave, has released a powerful video for his brand new single, ‘Black’. The release follows the announcement of his hotly anticipated debut album, ‘Psychodrama’, which will be released, on Friday the 8th of March 2019.
The London-based artist, whose full name is David Orobosa Omoregie, announced the release of the album along with his brand new video for his single, ‘Black’, which follows on from his breakthrough LP ‘Game Over’, in 2017. The video features a number of the 20-year-old’s heroes including Stormzy, Manchester City and England footballer Raheem Sterling, Radio 1 DJ Tiffany Calver and British athlete Dina Asher-Smith.
Previewing ‘Psychodrama’ with the release of its lead single, ‘Black’, the 21st of February 2019, Dave has now shared the video for the track. Directed by Nathan James Tettey and Edem Wornoo, the video, was filmed in London; Manchester; and Lagos, Nigeria, is described as “a profound exploration of black identity, excellence and the diaspora”.
The South London rapper paved his way to the top of the Grim scene with millions of his rap songs on YouTube, not to mention a ground breaking collaboration with global music star Drake. Dave, who is also known as Santan Dave or Dave Santan, received his breakthrough, in 2015, on a platform named, Black Box, which saw him drop a single, ‘Blackbox Cypher’, with just audio on a mixtape.
Black, the first release from my debut album Psychodrama, is out now. Link to pre-order Psychodrama in my bio pic.twitter.com/q1TTlV7f9A
— Santan (@Santandave1) February 21, 2019
Musically, Dave does a lot more than just rap, if you have ever listened to his music you will know he also plays the piano. Speaking about this, Dave, said: “I started playing piano before I started rapping. It was after that the rap took off and it works well so now I do both. I taught myself. I kept practicing and learning by ear and then gradually got better and better, eventually I incorporated it into my music and now it works. I’m learning the guitar now, getting some help from Fraser T Smith.”
After the release of a number of successful singles, Dave released his debut EP, ‘Six Paths’, in 2016, to critical and commercial success. He went on to release his breakthrough EP, ‘Game Over’, in 2017, with its lead single ‘No Words’ charting within the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart. Dave achieved chart success, last year with his Fredo collaboration, ‘Funky Friday’, which hit number one in the UK singles chart, in October 2018, which became his first number-one single as a lead artist. This success made Dave only the second artist to debut a track at number one in the UK, with the first being Drake.
Dave has established himself as one of the most promising young talents to emerge on the UK rap scene, in recent years. In 2018 he became the youngest-ever winner of an Ivor Novello award for his politically charged single, ‘Question Time’. As an independent artist, he has achieved more than 600m streams before releasing a full album and has performed several major collaborations, including with fellow London artist AJ Tracey.