Build­ing upon his increas­ingly suc­cess­ful solo career, Dappy has partnered with Abra Cadabra (‘Abz’) to bring us an ener­get­ic drill fla­vour titled ‘BOLO’ (out 11th June). Taken from his upcom­ing tape, ‘For­tune’, the fea­ture sets a high bar for what we can expect from the project.

The track fea­tures famil­i­ar, pro­gress­ive drill per­cus­sion and an omin­ous piano melody, provid­ing fer­tile ground for Dappy to lace with an exper­i­ment­al influ­ence, show­cas­ing harder flows and his sig­na­ture sing-song fin­esse. Punc­tu­ated with ref­er­ences to his col­our­ful career so far, BOLO sees Dappy draw dis­tinc­tion between him­self and his com­pet­i­tion, bal­anced with a self-aware­ness con­sist­ent with the mes­sage of his April release, ‘Wounds’. Flow­ing back and forth through­out, Abra Cadabra’s grav­elly, rhythmic deliv­ery adds a sig­ni­fic­ant edge to the track and con­trasts with Dappy’s melod­ic flows to make for a dynam­ic listen.

The col­lab­or­a­tion is a meet­ing of two gen­er­a­tions of UK music; Dappy hav­ing been part of the Brit­ish cul­tur­al fab­ric since his suc­cess­ful career with N‑Dubz in the 2000s, and Abra Cadabra hav­ing solid­i­fied his place in the scene with a dom­in­ant 2020. He had an impress­ive rise to fame along­side OFB — super­charged by a MOBO-win­ning col­lab­or­a­tion with ment­ors Krept and Kon­an on ‘Rob­bery Remix’ in 2016, and he con­tin­ues to demon­strate his ver­sat­il­ity and prom­ise along­side industry giants and up-and-comers alike.
Dappy, too, shows no signs of slow­ing down des­pite his many accol­ades, includ­ing 4X plat­in­um sales and plenty of chart-time. He has over 170 mil­lion solo views on You­Tube and boasts north of 1.4 mil­lion monthly listen­ers on Spo­ti­fy. His debut solo release hit No.1 in the Offi­cial Charts, fol­lowed by anoth­er Top 10 with ‘Rock­star’ fea­tur­ing Bri­an May, main­tain­ing an impress­ive hold on the UK market.

BOLO is well-timed for a sum­mer of sorely missed motives, though not before the release of Dappy’s long-awaited tape, ‘For­tune’ (avail­able to pre-order now). Dappy will also tour the UK later this year, start­ing the string of dates in Shef­field on the 20th of October.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.