Who is Big Shaq?

Unless you have been living life under a rock recently, you’d probably have heard about Big Shaq, a comedic rap artist from the UK.

Big Shaq with his trademark jacket

Famous for one of the most talked about songs of 2017, “Man’s Not Hot” has now amassed over 22 million YouTube views, and has elevated the artist into the cultural mainstream. We take a quick look into the background of the artist and his rise to international fame….

Michael Dappah

Born Michael Kwame O Dapaah in 1991, Michael grew up in Croydon, London; graduating from Brunel University in 2014, with a degree in Theatre, Film and Television Studies.

#SWIL (Somewhere in London) comedy sketch

He started life off as a comedian,  creating sketches on YouTube and Instagram regularly for over eight years. The most notable, #SWIL (Somewhere in London) gained over 1 million views in its first series. The series documented a succession of comedic caricatures, one of those being the “now international” Big Shaq.

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Big Shaq during his Fire in the Booth performance

Michael’s big break came with his appearance on BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s “Fire in the Booth”, where he was given the opportunity to freestyle, “Man’s Not Hot”. His iconic ‘bars’ such as: “The ting goes skrrrahh!” and “A-B-C-D (alphabet ting)”, made the comedic character an overnight sensation.

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Man’s Not Hot music video

More recently, the release of his music video sees Big Shaq bring his trademark jacket around the world to Miami, Toronto, New York, Amsterdam and London, with featured cameos from DJ Khaled and Lil Yachty.

With now a truly global platform, only time will tell what Michael Dappah does next….


*Picture courtesy of Genius, NME, Beats, Ghana Music, Michael Dappah, thisis50


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