IAMDDB is the lovechild of trap and jazz. Hailing from Manchester this 23-year-old has an admirable grit which has seen her go from broke and unemployed to one of the most promising rising stars in the space of a year. Soaking up influences from her Portuguese and Angolan roots, IAMDDB, real name Diana De Brito, has taken inspiration from samba, Bob Marley, Nat King Cole and her stint playing with bands in Africa while visiting her dad. She rides spiky hip-hop beats with a drawling, elastic flow that glides between singing and speech, and calls her sound „urban jazz“.
This fearless lady found herself at the third place of the BBC “Sound of 2018” list, so it’s only natural that her trap-jazz bangers “Shade”, “Drippy” and “Kurr£ncy” are a mainstay on the best hip-hop and R&B parties. Swervvvvv.5, issued at the end of February this year, is the final installment of the five-volume EP series before the onset of her debut album.