It's been a big year for the UK rapper, but it just gets better.
When Drake's on board, it's not exactly surprising that this series has far more in store.
Let's look back for a moment to the year 2013. It was a pretty significant one for TV, with soon to be huge shows like Vikings, House of Cards and more emerging. Game of Thrones was continuing to broaden its scope; even then, fans couldn't have expected it would be the biggest show on the planet years later.
Along with the likes of Blacklist, Hannibal, The Americans and Banshee, there's no denying that 2013 was a strong one for television, but it was also the year that we'd see the last of Top Boy - or so we thought. Ronan Bennett's British crime-drama soared onto Channel 4 back in 2011 and was renewed for another crop of episodes. Fans couldn't wait for more, but in 2014 it was announced that they had pulled the plug after season 2.
It looked like that would be it, but as the years have passed, the show's reputation has grown and grown, with rappers like Drake praising it endlessly. With his help, it's back!
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Santan Dave stars in Top Boy
A new season of Top Boy landed on Netflix on Friday, September 13th 2019, and needless to say, fans couldn't be happier.
With the following its earned over the years we're surprised it wasn't resurrected earlier, but you know what they say, better late than never. The cast return, along with Ronan as writer, making for a triumphant return to a new home ensuring it will reach more and more audiences than ever before.
Global megastar Drake has been crucial in bringing it back, serving as an executive-producer and helping spread the word. However, he's not the only rapper to give this hard-hitting series a helping hand.
David Orobosa Omoregie's casting in the new season has attracted quite a lot of attention. Why? Because London-born rapper Dave is having an unbelievable 2019, and now this! It just gets better and better.
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Who does he play?
The series' move from Channel 4 to Netflix is perhaps best explained in a tweet from Dave himself: "We’re the show tell me what we need a channel.. for..."
Dave plays newcomer Modie, who was in prison with Sully (Kane Robinson) but becomes entangled in the chaos of the narrative spanning a favourable ten episodes; the last two featured four each, so this feels like a massive result. Is he a friend? Well, anything but, really.
In the beginnings of episode two - "Building Bridges" - it's made clear that his arrogance knows no bounds. He pushes in front of everyone at the lunch queue and gets into a fight with Sully which is quickly broken up: "show some respect," he says. After another confrontation in a cell, tensions continue to simmer between the two of them, which is probably the right word considering Modie's not-so-distant fate.
In the same episode, he throws boiling water over Modie's face in a shocking attack. From then, we know that much worse is to come from the pair's disdain.
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All hail Dave!
His performance is genuinely really solid, and he certainly has a strong character to work with. Fans have praised it plenty already, and we could see him gain more roles as a result on other projects.
As the series progresses, it begins to look as though things will lay dormant, but a newspaper headline in episode eight delivers characters some disturbing news. It reads: "Convicted London Drug Dealer Escapes Prison." It's what it says on the tin really - Modie's acquaintances break him out, holding officials at gunpoint.
His break-out has sinister implications for a number of characters, his appearance now conforming to that of a Bond villain. Casting Dave was a really great choice, as he obviously has talents beyond music. The rapper's debut album - 2019's Psychodrama - was praised no end on release and is destined to top a number of critics' best of the year lists.
We'll continue to expect massive things from him.
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