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Hot off the heels of his acclaimed single “Black,” rising U.K. rapper Dutchavelli is making a major impact overseas and crossing over to disrupt the summer in the best way possible with his latest offering, “Bando Diaries.” Directed by Kevin Hudson, “Bando Diaries” gives us a glimpse into the gritty life in the underbelly of London through Dutchavelli’s lyrics. The visual portrays the grander aspirations; with Dutch surrounded by mountains of cash, fast cars, expensive houses and high fashion. “Bando Diaries” also comes off the back of his recent Top 10 hit in the U.K. with Tion Wayne and Stormzy titled “I Dunno” and a Top 20 with M Huncho titled “Burning.” Dutchavelli is seen as one of the hottest and most sought-after rappers in the U.K. game who also has seen social media support from Drake. In a year filled with so much uncertainty, expect great things from this star on the rise who’s dubbed 2020 “The Year of Dutchavelli.”
Make no mistake – Dutchavelli is doing it for greatness. The East London rapper set a goal four years ago – to be the best. A rapper’s rapper with true global appeal, a handsome side road hustler gone national, a man with a firm presence and a clear vision – Dutch has it all. And – in “Only If You Knew” and “Surely” – he already has two of the year’s biggest singles under his belt. Born in Birmingham, but raised in Rotterdam, Dutch spent his childhood between the Netherlands and the U.K. When he moved to East London at age 12, he had a generation’s worth of music to catch up on. Dutch released his debut video, “New Jack City,” in 2017 then served time for a March 2018 robbery and firearm charge. His first track since his release, “Only If You Knew,” charts the story of the past few years. The next track “Surely” doubled down on the bars. Both tracks racked up millions of plays in a matter of weeks. With the U.K. hanging on for his next release, Dutch’s ambitions now reach far and wide. He’s a true business mogul too as he wants his label, 2Up2Down, to become a hot spot for young acts. Dutch is perhaps the most versatile, multi-faceted rap act to come from the U.K. in years. There’s been no slip-up, no selling out and no watering down of his experience for commercial woo-ing either.
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