DJ Rap

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DJ Rap
Background information
Birth nameCharissa Saverio
Born (1969-12-07) 7 December 1969 (age 49)
GenresElectronica, drum and bass, dance
Occupation(s)Record producer, DJ
Years active1987-present
Associated actsBT
Engineers Without Fears

Charissa Saverio (born 7 December 1969), better known by her stage name DJ Rap, is a British drum and bass, house music and progressive electronic music producer and DJ.[1]


While the majority of her work is in the jungle style, her more successful work is in traditional electronic music. DJ Rap has been voted the #1 female DJ in the world by Shejay. She owns, records for, runs and A&Rs two labels Propa Talent and Impropa Talent. She is also a producer, model and actress. DJ Rap grew up all over the world and was born in Singapore, daughter of an Italian father and an Irish-Malaysian mother.[citation needed] She lived in Walthamstow, East London for quite some time before she became a DJ.

She has worked as an engineer and produced many hits, often collaborating with other artists. After being the first artist on the scene to self-release her first CD, she signed to Sony along with Grooverider and Leftfield.

Her most well-known artist album, Learning Curve, was released in 1999 to critical acclaim[2] and resulted in several stylized music videos, including two versions of "Good to Be Alive" (one for the CD version and another for the rarer radio remix) and "Bad Girl", a song about having to be a strong woman to survive in today's world. Rolling Stone gave Learning Curve three and a half stars, stating "this is the record Madonna wanted to make". Learning Curve went on to sell over a million copies bringing her total sales to over 3 million worldwide, including her successful compilation sales including Journeys by DJ, Propa Classics Vol. 1 and 2, Brave New World, Armani Exchange CHEMISTRY and Touching Bass, Bulletproof, Up All Night, which have all crossed many genres and has become her trademark.[citation needed]

Since Learning Curve, Saverio has focused more on DJ set CDs, including Touching Bass, a double-album set with drum and bass and breaks tracks.

Other artists[edit]

DJ Rap has also done vocals for several artists, including BT (for "Giving Up the Ghost") and Art of Trance (for "Madagascar [Domi Nation Remix]"). She once appeared in a commercial for Twix candy bars.

Other media[edit]

  • DJ Rap appeared in the video for BT's hit "Never Gonna Come Back Down", which featured lyrics about her, as well as the video for "Simply Being Loved".
  • The song "Good to Be Alive" appeared on the original motion picture soundtrack for the 1999 movie Go.
  • The song "Bad Girl" appeared on the original motion picture Enough in 2002.
  • She appeared in a 2003 Twix advertisement.[3]
  • The song "Drummin' & Bassin" appeared on the soundtrack for the video game Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights.
  • In 2014, played "Hologram Girl" in The Principle, a documentary examining the Copernican Principle.



  • Intelligence (1995)
  • Journeys Through the Land of Drum N Bass (1995)
  • Learning Curve (1999)
  • Propa Talent Classics, Volume 1 (2001)
  • Touching Bass (2003)
  • Bulletproof (2005)
  • Up All Night (2006)
  • A Propa History, Volume 1 (2008)
  • Synthesis (2010)


  • "Divine Rhythm" (1992) (with Voyager)
  • "Spiritual Aura" (1994)
  • "Total Tangent / Tibetan Jungle" (1994)
  • "Digable Bass" (1994)
  • "Switch" (1995) (with Outlaw Candy)
  • "Intelligent Woman" (1995) (with Outlaw Candy)
  • "I'm So" (1997) (vs. Da Boss)
  • "Bad Girl" (1998)
  • "Everyday Girl" (1998)
  • "Good to Be Alive" (1998) (US Dance Chart #5)
  • "Give It All Away" (2010)
  • "Feel So Alive" (2010) (with Jo)
  • "Talking to Myself" (2012) (with tyDi)



  1. ^ Bush, John. "Biography: DJ Rap". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 1 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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