A 21-year old British-Nigerian rapper and school dropout, David Orobosa Omoregie, has won the 2019 Mercury Prize for his first album Psychodrama.
Psychodrama was released in March, it entered the UK charts at number one and have sold 129,354, copies to date.
The album has been hailed as “the boldest and best British rap album in a generation”.
Dave credits the therapy his elder brother Christopher, who is serving life sentence for murder is receiving in prison, for the inspiration for Psychodrama, in the therapy, offenders role-play events from their past to help with rehabilitation.
Dave made his debut in May 2015 with an attention-grabbing freestyle on the YouTube channel Bl@ckbox.
Hard-hitting, honest and vulnerable, it had all the hallmarks of his future hits. But he bided his time before committing to an album – releasing 11 singles and two EPs over the next four years.
Along the way he caught the attention of rap superstar Drake, who jumped on the remix for Wanna Know. Dave later featured on Drake’s More Life mixtape, and the two collaborated on the Netflix drama Top Boy, in which Dave plays drug dealer Modie.
Drake later revealed he’d discovered the South London MC by absentmindedly browsing YouTube and stumbling across a playlist called “best new songs from London”.
The rapper was joined on stage by his mum as he collected the award.
The prestigious Mercury Prize, first established in 1992, is awarded annually for the best album in the UK by a British or Irish act and carries a £25,000 prize.