ARTIST PROFILE

Big Shaq

Name: Michael Dapaah

Birthday: August 10 1991

Fav Dish: NIL

Michael Dapaah (born January 1991) is an English actor, rapper, and comedian best known for portraying the fictional rapper Big Shaq (also known as Roadman Shaq). He is also known for his mockumentary SWIL (Somewhere in London), which focuses on four characters and their journey to success.

Dapaah began his career by garnering a social following for his brief comedic online skits, which he then adapted into his mockumentary series on YouTube titled SWIL (Somewhere in London) which amassed over 1 million views in its first series.

Dapaah saw a rapid growth in public attention when he appeared on Charlie Sloth’s BBC Radio 1Xtra show “Fire in the Booth”. His comedic rap “Man’s Not Hot” (whose backing track was sampled from 67 and Giggs’ 2016 track “Let’s Lurk”) developed into a viral meme, and a studio track version of the song was released on 22 September 2017. The song’s music video was released by Dapaah himself on 26 October of the same year; which features cameos from Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Yachty, Dutch rap-group Broederliefde and DJ Khaled, who calls Dapaah’s character a “legend”.

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