Dvs Talks 'london Boy American Dreaming'
The wait is over: south London's DVS dropped his new mixtape earlier this week to much joy of the UK rap scene. Titled 'London Boy American Dreaming', it follows on from the hugely successful 'One In A Billion' and, judging by what he has to say on it when he caught up with The Wrap Up's James Walsh, it looks set to be one of the biggest releases from a UK rapper in 2014.
The Wrap Up: First things first, how do you follow up the massive 'One In A Billion'?
DVS: I feel like more time and effort has gone into 'London Boy American Dreaming'. If you've seen the track listing, you’ll know it's massive. Feature-wise, I can't think of any UK mixtape with as many features of such high quality. Adz & Shallow are on there, Young Spray, J Spades, Scorch, Squeeks, Joe Black, Sneakbo, Blade Brown, and G FrSH. Krept & Konan and Dot Rotten are on the same track together, too, which might be a bit controversial now...
TWU: That's an immense line-up. Why did you decide to name it 'London Boy American Dreaming'?
DVS: I just don’t think we [the UK] get the credit we deserve from the US. They think we're all round here sipping cups of tea [laughs]. They don't get there are gangs, guns, and hoods over here. We're over here living it and they don't understand that.
TWU: Do you have a favourite track from the project?
DVS: I love deep music so, for me, there's 'Forgotten Me' featuring A. Thomas, 'Can't Go Back' featuring Squeeks, and 'See Through Soul'. It’s all real life music. Everything on there is reality, but they're the deepest ones.
TWU: What do you hope people take away from listening to 'London Boy American Dreaming'?
DVS: There's something on there for females, something on there for the gangsters, and something on there for the 9-5ers. I just want as many people to hear it as possible, across the board.
TWU: You've worked with both K Koke and Krept & Konan. What's your take on their journeys and the state of UK rap at the minute?
DVS: I think it's in a bad state. Rappers haven't been getting signed lately and the ones who have been signed aren't putting anything out. I feel like the Krept & Konan signing has given the scene a bit of hope. As a rapper, you never want to see another rapper dropped; it makes you think, ‘if they're getting dropped, what chance do you have?’ But, at the same time, I feel like I haven't been given my chance yet. 'London Boy American Dreaming' will get people's attention and change that, though.
Words: James Walsh (@JW_DittoMusic)
Image: Elliot Simpson