Over the past few years, IAMDDB has been carving out her career as an artist, songwriter, producer and vocalist, harmoniously fusing trap and hip-hop beats. Proud of and committed to her alternative style that she defines as Urban Jazz, IAMDDB has released five studio projects: Waeveybby Vol. 1, Vibe Volume 2., Hoodrich Vol. 3, Flightmode Vol. 4, and her latest to date, Swervvvvv.5.
Here, the 23-year-old Mancunian rapper and singer invites Vogue over to discuss her dating criteria, her approach to meeting people and what she wears for a killer date night look.
Do you have certain requirements when dating someone?
Over 6ft would be lovely but so long as he’s honest, respectful and functional he stands a chance. He’s gotta be in touch with himself and the universe or else I’m just gonna send him under with my universal theories!
Are you a serial dater or looking for a relationship?
Not really, I’m kinda dating myself but I can appreciate a good piece of human.
How do you meet potential dates?
In person and DMs. Guys are too brave but you’ve got to give them credit.
How often do you go on dates?
I am currently single and haven’t been out on a date in a year. OK, I’m lying I went on a date not long ago but I didn’t class it as a date. I’m more likely to go out with the girls, be at home, in the studio or relax indoors. I don’t really do the dating thing, I don’t get it. When I hear people go on Tinder, I think where do you find the time and reassurances to do all that? How can you judge somebody by how they look? It’s crazy! I’ve never been a fan of the whole online dating thing; whoever is lucky enough to have me out on a date, we’re meeting in person. I need to feel your energy, I need to look in your eyes and see what you’re saying. I need to feel out that person before they even get to be that close.
Describe your perfect date in 5 words?
Hypnotising, relaxing, deep, direct and funny.
Have you been catfished?
Not yet Mashallah.
Pet hates on a date?
If they’re always on their phone, don’t offer to pay or at least split the bill, talk too loud, chew too loud (this one really makes me sick) and are rude to others.
Worst date ever?
I didn’t turn up to it so I wouldn’t know.
Do wear a certain piece of clothing or jewellery on a date?
How long does it take you to get ready for a date?
Around two hours if I’m taking my time, but if it’s just casual less than 30 minutes.
Describe your approach to dressing for a date in 3 words?
Saucy, sweg, and bouji.
Talk us through your 3 date night outfits and where you’d wear them
First of all, it definitely depends on the person. If I know I’m going out with someone bouji, I’ll make more of an effort, if it’s somebody more reserved, I know I can dress more comfortably. For me, to be honest, I just like to keep it cute and keep it comfy so I can move, twerk and shake my little booty if necessary. And it depends on my mood, if I’m feeling sexy, I’ll slip on a little black dress, if I’m feeling like a bit of a tomboy I’ll slip on a smart tracksuit, I’d wear the monogrammed Burberry set for a walk on the beach or a trip to the fun fair. A fun day out where I’m comfortable, free and can move and run around in the sand! That’s a mood. I recently went to Hurghada in Egypt – I really adore the beaches there, they’re gorgeous. A little stroll on that beach in Egypt would be fire in that fit.
Ooh, in the black off-the-shoulder Norma Karmali dress and Gina courts, I’m somebody’s plus one for a wedding or an award show that kind of mood. OK, correction somebody can be my plus one, real talk! If I was off to the Grammys, let’s say, it would be a silky long black dress – keep it simple and cute.
In the white suit [Eudon Choi jacket, Fila Fjord trousers and Les Petits Joueurs sandals] I’m going to a bouji dinner or on a rooftop somewhere, with a view of the whole city. I can see it now: fairy lights, live jazz playing in the background, I’m drinking a big bouji glass of Uruguayan or South African red wine, it needs to be over that 14.5% ABV potent wine, that’s the kind of mood for me. That’s the setting.