Costadinos Contostavlos (born 11 June 1987), better known by his
stage name Dappy, is an English singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor.
He is best known for being the lead singer of the Camden-based grime
trio N-Dubz, with his cousin Tulisa, and Fazer. He was known for his
slightly unusual dress sense and his love for what he describes as
"eye-catching headwear". His trademark was wearing a selection of
woolly chullos (sometimes referred to as "
Dappy hats"), turning up one
or both of the ear-flaps of the hat.
1 Music career
1.2 2011–14: Solo projects and Bad Intentions
1.3 2015–present: Eros Apollo and singles
2 Criticism and controversy
3 Personal life
Main article: N-Dubz
Dappy appeared on the television show
Never Mind the Buzzcocks
Never Mind the Buzzcocks on 29
November 2007, on Phill Jupitus' team, and wore a trademark "Dappy
hat", also giving one to
Simon Amstell to wear as part of the gag.
Despite vowing he would not return to the show he appeared for a
second time on the guest team on 4 December 2008 and for a third time,
on Phill's team, which was broadcast on 18 November 2009. He is known
to be a good friend of
Chris Moyles and also gets on well with Tinchy
Stryder after releasing a single together, called "Number 1", although
in the past they have said to have fallen out many times over credits
for the song. They responded by telling the crowd after their
performance at BBC
Radio 1's Big Weekend
Radio 1's Big Weekend in May 2009, "and remember,
don't believe what the media say 'cos it ain't true".
Dappy has made
cameo appearances on K.I.G's "Head, Shoulders, Kneez and Toez" music
video, Gracious K's "Migraine Skank" music video, and Chipmunk's "Chip
Diddy Chip" music video, as one of Chipmunk's school friends.
2011–14: Solo projects and Bad Intentions
It was announced on 17 June 2011 that
N-Dubz had left their American
record deal, amid rumours that the band had split. These
rumours began circulating again in August 2011; however, Dappy
insisted the band had not split, but were simply taking a break. As
such, during the band's hiatus period, all three members decided to
embark upon solo careers. Before the band's split,
Dappy signed a
Takeover Entertainment Ltd that confirmed that if the
band ever split or went on hiatus, he would continue as a solo artist.
His first taste of solo stardom came as a guest artist on label-mate
Tinchy Stryder's single "Spaceship", which was released in June 2011.
While deciding upon his debut solo single,
Dappy was contacted by Def
Jam, asking him what he would like done with the demos of a track
N-Dubz had recorded whilst under the label, which remained unreleased.
Dappy decided to re-record the track, "No Regrets", and release it as
his debut solo effort. Featuring a cameo appearance from band-mate
Fazer, "No Regrets" took the charts by storm, peaking at #1 in the UK
and Scotland, and at #8 in Ireland.
Following the success of "No Regrets",
Dappy claimed during an
interview that: "With my solo stuff, I really want to earn the respect
of an older audience. I don't think there's any shame in trying to
write music that will be recognised by people I admire. Bono. I have
big goals. I want to have two #1 singles back-to-back as a solo
Dappy soon succeeded, gaining praise from Queen guitarist
Brian May, who was "impressed" with "No Regrets". As a result, Dappy
invited May for a guest stint on his second single, which
co-incidentally was titled "Rockstar". "Rockstar" was released on 26
February 2012. On 29 February,
Dappy revealed that the title of his
album would be Bad Intentions, claiming that the album "is
motivational music for people who believe they can't do nothing, a
battle we have with our own mind." The album's third single was
"Come with Me". Subsequently, he revealed that the fourth single will
be "Good Intentions", and if "Rockstar" peaks at #1 on the UK Singles
Chart, he will enlist Barbadian singer
Rihanna and British superstar
Adele, who will both have vocal sections on the single. He claimed
Rihanna contacted him after she was impressed with a demo tape
she had heard of his music.
Dappy confirmed in September 2011,
before the release of "Rockstar" and "Bad Intentions", that the
album's final single will be a collaboration with The Wanted, which
will be released towards the end of 2012.[needs update]
2015–present: Eros Apollo and singles
Dappy's single "Beautiful Me" was released on 29 March 2015 and
reached number 19 in the UK. He followed this up with the promotional
release "100 (Built for This)" in July, and the full single "Money
Can't Buy" in September 2015. All three songs were set to be included
on his second All Around the World album Miracles in November 2015,
but the album did not eventuate and
Dappy has since left All Around
the World and released his first independent EP, Eros Apollo, on
Christmas Day 2015.
Dappy released the singles "Hip Hip Hooray" and "Kiss" and a
Freestyle called "Messi" these songs again were released via an
independent label/management partnership called LEX Music Corp
On 31 July 2017,
Dappy released the single Straight Facts" Again this
was part of a new management deal with PlayDirty manager Vash who
Krept and Konan . The music video was released
the same day.
On 12 October 2017,
Dappy released his second single under the
PlayDirty management called "Spotlight" this song charted at 56 in the
UK Singles Chart.
Criticism and controversy
In mid 2007,
Dappy released "Love for My Slum" with fellow UK rap
artist Baker Trouble, which was number one on Channel U (now Channel
AKA) for several weeks and was a big hit in the underground urban
scene. However, it didn't do as well with the media and was heavily
criticized for a scene in which
Dappy is standing outside a block of
expensive luxury flats with a "rich kid" who is trying to look like a
gangster. The Independent wrote, "His lyrics combine jealousy with
anger: 'You got too much to lose / You're in a great position... You
wouldn't last a minute where I'm from / You'd go missing / So
appreciate what you got / 'cos I'm still wishing.' And then he grabs
the rich kid by his coat, pulls him toward him, and punches him in the
face. The silent boy falls instantly to the pavement ... Do scenes
like these suggest that music videos are encouraging their viewers to
indulge in criminality?". Other papers put that he was "idolising
thuggery". When asked in interviews about the single, following these
comments he said "these people need to listen to the lyrics, they are
about showing appreciation to what you've got".
During December 2008,
Dappy pleaded guilty to two accounts of assault
Chelmsford Magistrates Court,
Essex after reportedly spitting in a
girl's face while drunk on a night out.
Dappy pleaded guilty to the
offences and for each count received four weeks' imprisonment,
suspended for 12 months, to run concurrently and 100 hours community
service. He was also ordered to pay £50 compensation to the girl and
her friend and £300 costs.
On 12 January 2010, Contostavlos appeared on The
Chris Moyles Show on
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1 with Fazer and Tulisa. The show received a text message
from a woman in Boston, Lincolnshire, complaining that
"vile" and "a little boy with a silly hat" and that
Dappy secretly copied her phone number from the studio
console and, the following day, tried calling her and sent threatening
messages including: "Your [sic] gonna die. U sent a very bad msg
towards Ndubz on The Chris Moyels [sic] show yesterday Morning and
for that reason u will never be left alone!!! u say sorry I will leave
u alone u ****." The woman claimed that she continued to receive
messages after declining to apologise, one of which said: "u dum
f*********head u can call me names over the radio but when I call u
direct u chicken out u punk!nana f******niii, Dappy").[nb 1]
Dappy's management later apologised on his behalf and offered free
tickets to one of his concerts, but he has not apologised to the woman
N-Dubz were subsequently dropped from the Government's
anti-bullying "R U Cyber Safe?" campaign.
Contoslavlos was convicted of battery in 2007 and twice more in 2008.
In January 2013, Contostavlos was found guilty by a jury at Guildford
Crown Court of assault and affray and given a suspended sentence of
six months imprisonment. In February 2014,
Dappy hit a man in
Chelmsford for which, on 19 June 2014, he was convicted of common
assault and fined. In September of the same year, he was convicted
of an assault in Reading and given a two month suspended prison
sentence. In 2017,
Dappy was convicted of possession of a bladed
article in a public place following an altercation with his partner
and given a suspended prison sentence.
Dappy is cousin to fellow band member Tulisa. He lives in St
Albans with his girlfriend, Kaye Vassell, and their two sons, Gino
Born and raised in Camden Town, North London, Contostavlos grew up
with his parents,
Byron Contostavlos and Zoi Agorou and older brother
Spiros. His father had been a member of the group Mungo Jerry. Byron
died on 12 April 2007. He is of
However, realising they shared so much in common,
Dappy and Fazer (who
he had first met at karate lessons when he was 9, before becoming best
friends with him at school) started making beats together and coming
up with lyrics, later asking Dappy's cousin,
Tulisa (who was reluctant
at first), to join the band and started to perform in and around
Camden Town from the age of thirteen. At the time they were called the
Lickle Rinsers Crew and went under the management of Dappy's father
Byron, who to
Dappy was the "inspiration behind the band". Byron
worked at a local barbers shop, putting all the money he had into
equipment and resources for the band at their studio. However, Byron
died on 12 April 2007 after a heart attack and
N-Dubz wrote the song
"Papa (Can You Hear Me?)", which was played at his funeral and became
the group's second biggest hit at #19, and at #17 in the download
Dappy had the words "RIP Dad" tattooed on his neck and doesn't like to
say his dad's name, instead referring to him as "B" or "Uncle B",
which was also the name of N-Dubz's debut album. Before Byron died, he
said he'd like their album to be called Against All Odds but, after
his death, the group called their debut album
Uncle B in tribute, with
their second album being called Against All Odds.
He revealed that he is a "massive" Arsenal fan when
N-Dubz appeared on
Live from Studio Five, gushing "it is an honour to sit next to you" to
former Arsenal striker
Ian Wright who was one of three hosts on the
In May 2015,
Dappy endorsed his manager Archie Lamb's father, Norman,
in the Liberal Democrats leadership election.
Bad Intentions (2012)
The Guardian wrote that asterisks were presumably added by The Sun,
who originally reported the story.
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N-Dubz to split up following
Tulisa Contstavlos new X Factor role. xfactor.tellymix.co.uk.
N-Dubz set to split up. SB.TV. Saturday, 18 June 2011.
^ Daniels, Colin (Saturday, 13 August 2011).
N-Dubz dropped by US
record label Def Jam. Digital Spy.
^ Gritt, Emma (Tuesday, 13 September 2011).
Dappy forced to retract
N-Dubz will split within two years. Metro (British newspaper).
Dappy has ‘big goals’ for his solo career.
pressparty.com. Thursday, 21 July 2011.
^ a b "
Dappy wants Rihanna,
Adele for next single 'Dare To Dream' -
Music News". Digital Spy. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 1 October
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Dappy to work with Rihanna. Daily Mirror. 12
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Dappy on Apple Music". iTunes.
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Dappy - Straight Facts (Official
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June 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
^ "'Shape up', judge orders
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MailOnline. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
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Bad Intentions (2012)
"Come with Me"
"I'm Coming (Tarzan Part 2)"
"Taking Your Side"
Against All Odds
"You Better Not Waste My Time"
"Feva Las Vegas"
"Papa Can You Hear Me?"
"I Need You"
"Playing with Fire"
"Say It's Over"
"We Dance On"
"I Got Soul"
Uncle B Tour
N-Dubz Christmas Party
The Against All Odds Tour
Before They Were Dubz
Takeover Entertainment Ltd.
Kwasi Danquah III
Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter
Takeover Roc Nation
Three Six Zero Group
Universal Island Records