The American rap scene has witnessed a rise in popular hits from across the pond. UK hip-hop and grime music are on a quest to make an impact on American soil, with artists like Skepta, Stormzy, AJ Tracey, Dave, and Giggs leading the way. For some ears, the “slanguage” barrier, fast-paced flows, and heavy accents may take some getting used to, but British rap music is here to stay.
British internet comedian Michael Dapaah has contributed to the success of British rap in America in his own way. Back in September, Dapaah made a visit to popular UK DJ Charlie Sloth’s “Fire In The Booth” freestyle segment on BBC Radio 1Xtra as “Big Shaq” and his counterpart MC Quakes. His freestyle over a popular song from grime group 67 titled “Let’s Lurk” quickly went viral for its humor, and brought the genre some new ears, too.
What was originally a spoof of a freestyle segment is now the number one trending video on Youtube. Dapaah released an official video for “Man’s Not Hot,” featuring appearances from DJ Khaled and Lil’ Yachty, and it has more than 4.3 million views in just under two days. Dapaah has definitely made his mark stateside riding the wave of the clip, appearing at the BET Hip Hop Awards and on various podcasts.
While Dapaah makes it clear that his song and video are in no way a true representation of what grime music is, it’s great that his work might earn the genre some new fans.