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Biography

  • Born

    13 July 1966 (age 55)

  • Born In

    Gothenburg, Västra Götaland, Sweden

Papa Dee is the stage name for rap, ragga and dancehall musician Daniel Wahlgren (born July 13, 1966 in Gothenburg, Sweden).

He debuted in 1988 with the single Funky Raggamuffin/Let the music play, a mixture of dancehall and hip hop. He then joined, and became the rapper for the group Stonefunkers, followed by a few years of cooperation with Rob'n'Raz. He went solo, and had his breakthrough in 1990 with the album Lettin' off steam, which was predominantly hip hop and dancehall. His next album, One Step Ahead, had elements of soul and reggae, mixing song and rap.

His 1994 release, Original Master, produced by Denniz Pop at Cheiron Studio, incorporated eurodisco into his music. This album included the track "The First Cut is the Deepest", which is his commercially most successful hit.

During the 1990s and 2000s he released several albums, often in cooperation with Desmond Foster. He was also a member of The Brooklyn Funk Essentials.

Papa Dee is an avid collector of records (he claims to have over 10 000 reggae singles) which has come in handy as he is currently a DJ and presenter on Swedish national radio.

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