IAMDDB (born Diana De Brito) was born in Lisbon, Portugal and moved to Manchester at a young age. Blending a plethora of urban genres (hip-hop, trap, R&B) and absorbing influences from her Angolan/Portuguese roots, De Brito creates what she calls “Urban Jazz” that oozes originality and makes her stand out in the highly demanding world of hip-hop/trap.
Raised in a music family (her father is a prominent session musician in Angola), IAMDBB started writing at the age of seven but didn’t release her debut single until 2016’s “Leaned Out”, which she posted online after dropping out of university earlier that day. Her first big hit was the thrilling “Shade” (2017), which went viral in the UK and racked up tens of millions of views on streaming platforms. Subsequent mixtapes Hood rich, Vol. 3 (2017) and Flight mode, Vol. 4 (2018) continued to build buzz for the vocalist, resulting in third place at BBC’s prestigious annual Sound of 2018 list, and an opening spot on the tour of the great Lauryn Hill.
2023 is expected to be another very important year for her, as new material is on the way, which “will reveal what I’m really capable of”, as she said in a recent interview.