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Dave: ‘Black is confusing… where does the line start and stop?’

South London rapper Dave, whose complex, personal lyrics have won him a string of hits and an Ivor Novello, talks about his long-awaited debut album, Psychodrama, chasing happiness – and the many ways of being black

Before I meet Dave, rapper, musician, singer, songwriter, award-winner, straight-in-at-Number-Oner, irregular-regular 20-year-old from Streatham, I am allowed to hear his new album. This is a big deal. In fact, it’s such a big deal that Dave’s PR sits in with me when I listen – not to monitor my reaction, but because the album has been kept in such secrecy that he hasn’t heard it yet either. We sit, notebooks out, while a nice woman called Ruby from Dave’s management team plays the 11-track album from her laptop.

Dave’s album is also a big deal because, over the past four years, he’s zoomed from an unknown 16-year-old rap sensation to a platinum-selling artist who, so far, has only released singles (11, not counting special appearances on other people’s), plus two EPs, Six Paths and Game Over. His fans have been clamouring for this LP, bombarding him on social media for over a year.

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Source: The Guardian – Dave: ‘Black is confusing… where does the line start and stop?’

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