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Saturday 19 April 2014

Dappy's turnaround due to his dad

Dappy says his father pushed him to turn his life around

N-Dubz star Dappy has revealed how his life was turned around by his late father.

The Mobo-winning rapper's dad, a former bassist with 70s band Mungo Jerry, helped pull him out of a dangerous cycle of drugs and street violence so he could focus his creativity into music instead, reported The Sun.

In an excerpt from the band's biography, N-Dubz: Against All Odds - From Street Life To Chart Life, Dappy, real name Dino Contostavlos, said: "If I weren't in N-Dubz, I'd say I'd be either dead or in jail - one of the two if I never did music."

He wrote: "When I was a teenager I was getting up to all sorts to make money. (My dad, Byron) would come into my bedroom and find me with serious drugs or maybe some sort of weapon and shout at me.

"It was my dad who caught me - and it was him who pushed us all to take the better turn. He drove me to his little recording studio..."

It was then Dappy decided to found N-Dubz with cousin Tulisa and friend Fazer.

"My dad always helped us so much, always sending off tapes to record companies every month. He knew we were gonna make it," he added.

:: N-Dubz: Against All Odds - From Street Life To Chart Life, by N-Dubz, is published by HarperCollins on April 1.

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