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Dave has won the Mercury Prize 2019

The London rapper scooped the coveted gong with his album PSYCHODRAMA.

Henry Lewis

Date published: 20th Sep 2019

British rapper Dave has scooped the 2019 Mercury Prize with his debut album PSYCHODRAMA.

Released earlier this year, Psychodrama debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and received widespread acclaim from critics.

From it, the tracks 'Streatham', 'Location' and 'Disaster' were all top 10 hits on the UK Singles Chart, and helped to make Psychodrama become the most-streamed first-week British rap album in the UK. Alongside that, the rapper also delivered a seminal Glasto Other Stage headline slot - with a little help from a fan called Alex - as his domination of the UK music scene grew.

The rapper held off stiff competition from both IDLES and Fontaines D.C, two of the fast rising post punk outfits whose politically charged music has seen them attract heaps of attention, while the likes of Foals, the 1975, Anna Calvi and Slowthai also missed out, in what has been another diverse year of releases from British, contemporary artists.

Dave joins last year's winners Wolf Alice, plus the likes of Skepta, Arctic Monkeys, James Blake and more in scooping the coveted gong.