Papa Dee

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Papa Dee
Papa Dee in 2008
Papa Dee in 2008
Background information
Birth nameDavid Christopher Daniel Wahlgren
Also known asPapa Dee
Born (1966-07-13) 13 July 1966 (age 57)
OriginGothenburg, Sweden
GenresHip hop, ragga, dancehall, trip hop
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, voice actor
Years active1988–present

David Christopher Daniel Wahlgren (born 13 July 1966), better known by the stage name Papa Dee, is a Swedish rapper. His most commercially successful track is his version of the Cat Stevens song "The First Cut Is the Deepest".

Music career[edit]

Wahlgren debuted in 1988 with the single "Funky Raggamuffin/Let the Music Play", a mixture of dancehall and hip hop. He then joined the Stonefunkers and became the group's rapper. This was followed by a few years of cooperation with Rob'n'Raz. Wahlgren then 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 Euro disco into his music.

During the 1990s and 2000s, he released several albums, often in cooperation with Desmond Foster and a couple with Soundism. 2001, Soundism also produced the Papa Dee song "Hottie Hottie Girls" featuring Lady Saw,[1] Jamaica's prime female dancehall star. Kent (Gillström) Isaacs also produced a couple of Papa Dee's more daring and innovative albums. One of the albums they did together was the cover album, recorded in Jamaica, with reggae musicians including Horse-Mouth, Flabba Holt and Chinna Smith. He is also a member of The Brooklyn Funk Essentials and of Dubchek with David Barratt.

His songs have been featured in several feature films including Predator 2, starring Danny Glover. In 1997 Dubchek made music for the critically acclaimed Two Girls and a Guy featuring Robert Downey, Jr. and Heather Graham. In the Swedish feature film/comedy Smala Sussie Papa Dee was credited both featuring as himself onscreen and as songwriter.

PD composed music for the stage (Top Dog/ Underdog at Stockholms Stadsteater)

Due to his prolific yet flexible imprint Papa Dee has enjoyed a successful career as one of Sweden's most sought after voice artists dubbing cartoons and movies alike.

Partial voice work[edit]

As founding member of the NYC groove collective Brooklyn Funk Essentials he has recorded 4 full-length albums:

  • Cool and Steady and Easy (1994)
  • In the Buzz Bag (1998)
  • Make Them Like It (2000)
  • Watcha Playin’ (2009)

As Dubchek with David Barrat, Papa Dee recorded full-length albums

  • Down Memory Gap Lane (1998)
  • The Far East End (2010)

Highlights as featuring guest artist include:

  • Leftfield's Leftism on the track Release the Pressure - additional vocals (1995)
  • Titiyo My Body says Yes (1990)
  • Mad Professor compilation DJ’ s Choice Tribute to MLK (1990)
  • Diana King's album Respect (2002) in the duet Keep It On The Downlow

In 2001 Chrysler used his track ”Ispy” for its worldwide commercial.

Between 2000-2008 Papa Dee hosted his own radio show, P3 Rytm for SR, the Swedish National Radio Network

2012: Back on the move Papa Dee's currently working on his book Was Jean Baptiste Bernadotte a blackman? and his upcoming album Fall From Grace is in the final stages.

Personal life[edit]

Wahlgren was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, to a Swedish mother and a Ghanaian father.[2] His father left the family when he was a small child.[3]

On 14 September 2008, Wahlgren was arrested and charged with grave assault (Swedish: grov misshandel) with bodily harm to his wife Andrea on a street and in their apartment.[4][5] His wife categorically denied that maltreatment had taken place and later wrote a book, En Fjärils Kamp (A Butterfly's Struggle), about how she was not heard in the trial.[4][6] Despite this, a Swedish lower court found him guilty of a lesser charge of assault (Swedish: misshandel) on 20 October 2008 based on testimony from multiple witnesses and he was fined SEK 8,700.[7][8][9] In 2010, the Swedish High Court acquitted him of the other charges of assaulting his wife in their apartment after she denied the assault.[10] Papa Dee was awarded SEK 25,000 for the suffering as a result of the prosecution and SEK 18,045 for lost income and costs.[10] Papa Dee and Andrea Wahlgren divorced in 2012.



  • Lettin' Off Steam (1990)
  • One Step Ahead (1993)
  • Original Master (1994)
  • The Journey (1996)
  • Island Rock (1998)
  • The Man Who Couldn't Say No (2001)
  • Live It Up! (2004)
  • A Little Way Different (2008)
  • Fall From Grace (2012)


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1988 "Let The Music Play / Funky Raggamuffin" single only
1989 "Microphone Poet" (with Rob'n'Raz) Lettin' Off Steam
1990 "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" 16
"Lettin' Off Steam"
"Beautiful Woman (Love Supreme)"
1991 "Take It Easy" One Step Ahead
1992 "Ain't No Substitute" 6
1993 "Runaround Girl" 19
"Mr. Taxidriver"
1994 "I'd Rather Be With You" Original Master
"Jungle Sound Clash"
1995 "The First Cut Is the Deepest" 5 9 20 The Journey
1996 "The Journey" 9 20
"The Tide Is High" 44 20
"Feeding You Lies"
1998 "Island Rock" 23 Island Rock
"Endless Road"
1999 "The Big Showdown" The Man Who Couldn't Say No
2001 "I Spy" 40
"Hottie Hottie Girls"
2005 "My No 1" (from Melodifestivalen) 51 single only
"Murder In The Dancehall" Live It Up!
2008 "Suzy Wong" Papa Dee Meets The Jamaican Giants
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Singles as featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1988 "Summertime Is Partytime / Summertime" (by Jon Rekdal) singles only
"Competition Is None" (by Rob'n'Raz)
1989 "After The Rain (Ragamuffin Style)" (by Titiyo) 13 60
1990 "Big Bad World" (by Dayeene) United Soul Power
1991 "My Body Says Yes" (by Titiyo) 42 Titiyo
"Come Back (For Real Love) (The Remix)" (by Alison Limerick) 53 singles only
1992 "Girls" (by Timebomb)
1993 "Dangerous" (by Swing-A-Ling Sound System) Swing-A-Ling Sound System Volume One
1996 "Release The Pressure" (by Leftfield) 13 Leftism
"Rude Boy" (by Leila K) 29 8 Manic Panic
2000 "Petite Très Chic" (by Elephant) Selected Random
2003 "Girls' Anthem (The Girlie Tune)" (by Beats and Styles) 14 This Is... Beats And Styles
2004 "Allstars" (by Beats and Styles) 2 single only
2006 "Fira Med Oss" (by Emrik Larsson) Kontrollen
2007 "Take It Back" (by Beats And Styles) Walk, Don't Talk
"Automatic (Morgan Page vs. Peace Bisquit Radio Mix)" (by Ultra Naté) single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Other appearances[edit]

  • Debut studio album - The Bitter Twins (TBA)

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Papa Dee: "Mali var extra kul"" (in Swedish). Sundsvalls Tidning. 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2008-09-15.[dead link]
  3. ^ Persson, Sofia (2007-11-14). "Papa Dee letar efter sin pappa" (in Swedish). Expressen. Archived from the original on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
  4. ^ a b Edblom, Kristina; Johannes Heuman (2008-10-17). ""Det är en mardröm" (English translation: "This is a nightmare")" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Archived from the original on 2008-10-20. Retrieved 2008-10-23. Dagen efter händelsen anhålls Wahlgren för två fall av misshandel varav den senare bedöms som grov. Två dagar senare lämnas häktningsframställan in till Stockholms tingsrätt. […] Men Papa Dee nekar och Andrea har hela tiden hävdat att det inte kan var hennes man som skadade henne. (English translation: The next day, Whalgren was put under arrest for two instances of maltreatment, the second of which was later considered grave. Two days later he was charged at Stockholm's tingsrätt […] But Papa Dee denies the charges and Andrea has consistently upheld that it couldn't be him who caused the injury to her.)
  5. ^ "Greps efter en festnatt i Stockholm (English translation: Arrested after party night in Stockholm)" (in Swedish). Expressen. 2008-10-17. Archived from the original on 2008-10-20. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 8 OKTOBER Papa Dee åtalas misstänkt för två fall av misshandel av hustrun Andrea Wahlgren. (English translation: 8 OCTOBER Papa Dee was prosecuted on suspicion of two incidents of maltreatment)
  6. ^ Røyseland, Halstein (2008-10-17). "Svensk stjerne står fram: - Jeg er uskyldig (English translation: Swedish star says: I'm innocent)" (in Norwegian). VG. Archived from the original on 2008-10-20. Retrieved 2008-10-23.
  7. ^ Elfström, Josefine (2008-10-20). "Papa Dee dömd för misshandel (English translation: Papa Dee convicted for domestic disturbance)" (in Swedish). Expressen. Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2008-10-23. Daniel Wahlgren knuffade in sin fru Andrea i en stenvägg. I dag dömdes artisten till dagsböter för misshandel utomhus. Däremot frias han av en oenig tingsrätt från misstankarna om misshandel i bostaden.
  8. ^ Linné, Peter (2008-10-21). "Papa Dee dömd för misshandel (English translation: Papa Dee convicted for domestic violence)" (in Swedish). Göteborgs-Posten. Archived from the original on 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-21. Den kände artisten Papa Dee fälldes idag av Stockholms tingsrätt. Han döms till dagsböter eftersom den misshandel - där hustrun är offret - som gått att bevisa endast anses som ringa. (English translation: The well known artist Papa Dee was convicted today by Stockholm's tingsrätt. He was sentenced to pay day-fines since the evidence in the domestic violence case - where his wife was the victim - was only enough to convict him on a lesser charge of 'assault')
  9. ^ Trichen, Robert; Kristina Edblom (2008-10-21). "Papa Dee dömd till dagsböter i dag (English translation: Papa Dee sentenced to pay fines)". Aftonbladet. Archived from the original on 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2008-10-21. Artisten Daniel "Papa Dee" Wahlgren dömdes i dag till dagsböter på 70 á 120 kronor för att ha knuffat in sin hustru Andrea Wahlgren i en husvägg. Åtalspunkten för misshandel av normalgraden ogillades av Stockholms tingsrätt, som dock var oenig i sin dom. Ordföranden och en nämndeman ville fälla Wahlgren även för den allvarligare misshandeln som påstods ha skett i parets bostad i Stockholm.
  10. ^ a b Delin, Mikael (21 July 2010). "Papa Dee får skadestånd". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  11. ^ "Swedish chart - Papa Dee". 1 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Norwegian chart - Papa Dee". 1 August 2014. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Finish chart - Papa Dee". 1 August 2014. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Austrian chart - Papa Dee". 1 August 2014. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014.

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