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David Orobosa Omoregie[1] (born 5 June 1998), known mononymously as Dave, is a British rapper, singer, songwriter, pianist and record producer.[2][3][4]

Dave
Santan Dave.jpg
Dave performing in May 2019 at O2 Academy Brixton
Born
David Orobosa Omoregie

(1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 21)
Streatham, London, England
Other names
  • Santan Dave
Occupation
Years active2015–present
Musical career
Genres
Labels
  • Neighbourhood Recordings · Warner/Chapell
Associated acts
Websitesantandave.com

Dave released his debut EP Six Paths in 2016, to critical and commercial success, after the release of a number of successful singles. He went on to release the Game Over EP in 2017, with its lead single "No Words" peaking at 17 on the UK Singles Chart. He later released "Funky Friday" in 2018, which became his first number-one single as a lead artist after debuting at number 1. His debut album, Psychodrama, was released in early 2019 and charted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. Psychodrama is currently one of the highest-rated hip-hop albums on Metacritic.[5] Dave is now going to be featured in a Netflix series called Top Boy in Autumn 2019.[6]

Contents

Early lifeEdit

David Orobosa Omoregie was born on 5 June 1998 in Brixton, South London, as the last of three brothers to Nigerian parents. He was raised nearby Streatham by a single mother and his father was absent throughout his childhood.[2][3] Dave initially began composing music at an early age, regularly writing lyrics in his early teens, prior to engaging in production after being gifted a piano by his mother in 2012, at age 14.[7] As of April 2019, one of Dave's older brothers, Christopher Omoregie, is currently incarcerated, having been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 18 years for his involvement in the 25 March 2010 murder of fifteen year old Sofyen Belamouadden at London Victoria station and his oldest brother, Benjamin Omoregie was jailed for fraud but as of recent was released after serving a number of years behind bars.[8]

He attended St Mark's Academy, a mixed Church of England school in nearby Mitcham, before later attending Richmond upon Thames College, where he studied Law, Philosophy and Ethics, while also completing an additional module in Sound Design and Politics, further studying this at De Montfort University in Leicester.[9]

Music careerEdit

2015–2017: Career beginnings and Six PathsEdit

Dave made his debut appearance on a platform named Black Box in May 2015 he dropped a single with just audio on mixtape madness called Mid Summer Night and later progressed to Street Starz TV, a YouTube channel for freestyle rap, in September 2015.[2] He performed his first SB.TV "Warm Up Session" with 1138 DripSquad in November 2015.[10][11] His debut performance on Charlie Sloth's "Fire in the Booth", a freestyle segment on BBC Radio 1Xtra, was in March 2016.[12][13] Dave's festival debut was at Bestival in August 2016, performing alongside AJ Tracey on their track Thiago Silva on the Eskimo Dance stage.[11][14] He made a performance as part of the Red Bull Music Academy UK tour in October 2016.[11][15]

After releasing a range of non-album singles, Dave released his debut EP, Six Paths, on 30 September 2016. The extended play was produced by Dave, Fraser T Smith,[11] 169[16] and entered at number 76 on the UK Albums Chart.

In October 2016, Drake premiered a remix to Dave's song "Wanna Know" on OVO Sound Radio, which also featured Drake and was released as a single.[4][17][18][19] The song debuted at 72 on the Official Singles Chart and peaked at 51, becoming Dave's first entry on the chart.[20]

2017–present: Game Over and PsychodramaEdit

Throughout 2017, Dave released the non-album singles "Samantha" with J Hus which peaked at 63 on the Official Singles Chart, becoming the third biggest song to not chart in the top 40 in 2017,[21] "Revenge", "100M's" and "Tequila".

On 9 October 2017, Dave announced his second extended play, Game Over, alongside the announcement of its accompanying tour.[22] The EP was preceded by the politically-charged "Question Time". It was released on 3 November 2017 independently for streaming and digital download.[23] Game Over was released on 3 November 2017 alongside the single "No Words."[24] Game Over debuted at number 13 on the UK Albums Chart and "No Words" debuted at 18 before eventually peaking at 17 on 11 January 2018.[25]

Dave won his first MOBO Award for the Best Newcomer Act at the 2017 ceremony on 29 November 2017.[26] Dave released the single "Hangman" on 27 February 2018.[27] In May 2018 Dave's song "Question Time" won Best Contemporary Song at the 2018 Ivor Novello Awards.[28]

After a seven-month hiatus, Dave released "Funky Friday", featuring rapper Fredo, on 4 October 2018. The song debuted at number one in the UK, being only the third song to do so in 2018. This feat also meant that Dave secured his first ever number one single, as well as his first Top 10 single.[29] After Dave hinted in interviews with BBC Radio 1 and then confirmed on 3 March, his debut album Psychodrama was released on 8 March 2019. Psychodrama debuted at number one in the UK, selling 26,390 copies in its first week, with 79% of its total generated by 26.3 million stream. The album had the biggest first week streams for a British rap album, eclipsing Stormzy's Gang Signs & Prayer. Elsewhere, the songs "Disaster", "Streatham", and "Location" debuted at 8, 9 and 11, respectively on the UK Singles Chart.[30]

On 30 June 2019 Dave made his Glastonbury debut performing a set on the Other Stage.[31]

Musical styleEdit

Dave's collaborator and production partner is 169, who has several credits across Dave's discography.[32] Alongside hip hop, Dave also plays piano.[2][11]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[33]
UK
R&B

[34]
UK
DL

[35]
IRE
[36]
Psychodrama
  • Released: 8 March 2019[37]
  • Label: Neighbourhood
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 1 5 6

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[33]
UK
R&B
UK
Ind.
UK
DL
Six Paths
  • Released: 30 September 2016[39]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
76 7 20 21
Game Over
  • Released: 3 November 2017
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
13 2 1 3

SinglesEdit

List of singles as a lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, year released, and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[33]
UK
R&B

[40]
UK
DL

[41]
UK
Ind.

[42]
IRE
[36]
"JKYL+HYD"[43] 2016 Non-album singles
"Thiago Silva"
(with AJ Tracey)
36 7 38
"Wanna Know" (Remix)[44]
(featuring Drake)
51 9 60 35
"Samantha"
(with J Hus)
2017 63 7 87 5
"Revenge"[45]
"100M's"[46]
"Tequila"[47] 86 25
"Question Time" Game Over
"No Words"
(featuring MoStack)
17 5 78 1
"Hangman"[48] 2018 30 13 80 Non-album singles
"Funky Friday"
(featuring Fredo)
1 1 12 21
"Black"[49] 2019 40 10 96 Psychodrama
"Streatham"[50] 9 3 64 21
"Location"
(featuring Burna Boy)
6 3 20
"Disaster"
(featuring J Hus)
8 2 23
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

List of singles as a featured artist, with selected chart positions, year released, and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[33]
UK
R&B

[40]
IRE
[36]
"U Can Stand Up"[51]
(Avelino featuring Dave)
2018 NO B******T
"Got You"[52]
(169 featuring Dave)
Seasons
"18HUNNA"[53]
(Headie One featuring Dave)
2019 6 3 75 Music x Road
"All I Ever Wanted"[54]
(Fredo featuring Dave)
15 6 74 Third Avenue
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songsEdit

List of other songs as a lead artist, with selected chart positions, year released, and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[33]
UK
R&B

[40][55]
UK
DL

[56]
UK
Ind.

[57]
ARG
[58]
IRE
[36]
"Peligro"
(Giggs featuring Dave)
2017 53 20 Wamp 2 Dem
"My 19th Birthday" 55 25 Game Over
"How I Met My Ex" 32 13 93 4
"Stinking Rich"
(MoStack & J Hus featuring Dave)
2019 19 74 Stacko
"Nothing on You"
(Ed Sheeran featuring Paulo Londra and Dave)
35 36 No.6 Collaborations Project
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, showing year released, other artist(s), and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Spirit Bomb" (Remix)[59] 2016 AJ Tracey, Drifter, Cadell, Skits, Capo Lee, Merky Ace, PK, Trims & Central Cee Non-album remix
"Peligro"[60] 2017 Giggs Wamp 2 Dem
"U Can Stand Up / Royal"[61] Avelino NO B******T
"Venting"[62] 2018 Nines Crop Circle
"Stinking Rich"[63] 2019 MoStack, J Hus Stacko
"Nothing on You"[64] Ed Sheeran, Paulo Londra No.6 Collaborations Project

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organization Award Work Result
2017 MOBO Awards Best Newcomer Himself Won
[65][28]
2018 Ivor Novello Awards Best Contemporary Song "Question Time"
2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize Psychodrama Nominated[66]

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