Michael Dapaah, born January 1991, is an English entertainer, actor, director, comedian & rapper, best known for his portrayal of fictional characters such as Big Shaq and Dr. Ofori in his online mockumentary series SWIL.
Dapaah first rose to fame when he garnered a huge social following for his brief comedic, online skits, and built upon his success by curating his first full length creative project: the SWIL (Somewhere in London) series. The series, Dapaah’s very own creative brainchild, follows four unique characters on their journey to success. The show amassed over 1 million views in its first series, and is currently in production for a second series.
Last summer, Dapaah’s notoriety reached unprecedented new heights. Appearing on Charlie Sloth’s BBC Radio 1Xtra show Fire In The Booth, Dapaah performed ‘Man’s Not Hot’ as SWIL character Big Shaq. The comedic rap developed into a viral meme that took the internet – and the world – by storm. The track reached the likes of Drake, Liam Gallagher, and even British Parliament. The result saw Dapaah sign with Island Records, who released a studio version of the track just a couple of months later. Incredibly, ‘Man’s Not Hot’ remained in the UK charts for a staggering 25 weeks. The subsequent video for the track featured cameos from Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Yachty, and DJ Khaled. Since then, Dapaah has toured across the world appearing as the rapper.
While the success of ‘Man’s Not Hot’ certainly propelled Michael into the spotlight, he has continued to push the boundaries of his creativity. With a keen eye for successful collaboration, this year Dapaah appeared at the BET Awards in Miami, in opening skit for the 2018 BRIT Awards with Jack Whitehall, as well as taking on a role in Nike’s Nothing Beats a Londoner campaign alongside Harry Kane and Skepta, and the latter Nike x Tiger Woods video skit during the World Cup. Most recently, Michael appeared in the music video alongside Giggs for Drake’s ‘Nonstop’.
With accolades such as an ambassadorship with ‘Jeans For Genes’ charity, a nomination for ‘Hero of The Year’ at this year’s NME Awards and winner of both GUBA’s ‘Rising Star Award’ and GRM Daily Rated Awards ‘Personality of the Year’ under his belt, Dapaah continues to establish himself as one of the most prominent influencers in current UK pop culture.