The legend of Dave Burd

Dave – Lil Dicky in a scene of a music video for his song “All K” – via Wikimedia Commons

Dave Burd is not a famous name. If I were to walk up to someone on the street and ask them if they know who Dave Burd is, there is a 90% chance that they would say no. But, if I asked that person if they know Lil Dicky, there is a 90% chance that they would. If they did, I would recommend Dave. If they didn’t, I would also recommend Dave.

     Dave Burd, better known as Lil Dicky, is an American rapper, comedian, actor, producer, and more. He is well known for his popular songs such as “Freaky Friday,” “Earth,” and “$ave Dat Money.”

     On March 4, 2020, Burd premiered his new show, Dave. It covers his life as a rapper, doing all that he can to stand out and become famous. It is fantastic. If you don’t have Hulu, get it from a friend, an aunt, or a stranger you meet in the park. Dave is a must-see.

Dave – Lil Dicky performing live at Stubbs in Austin, Texas in 2014 – via Yannik Rohrer on Wikimedia Commons

     Dave covers the rapper’s experiences as the guy behind Lil Dicky, someone who is more normal than you could even imagine. In the show, Burd convinces himself that he is going to be the best rapper in the world. We see him try to inform his friends of this and try to enlist his friends for free.

     Burd takes his “origin story” and turns it into a ridiculously comical series loosely based on his life. We get to watch the strangest parts of his life, including the things that we don’t even think about as we listen to his music. Things like how Burd paid for a feature from YG with his bar mitzvah money, or how his manager is his childhood friend and roommate.

Things like how Burd paid for a feature from YG with his bar mitzvah money, or how his manager is his childhood friend and roommate.

     Burd has said that the majority of the show is based on real events. The best part is that you don’t even have to know who Lil Dicky is, or even listen to rap. Burd shows off the funny, strange, and sad features that come with being a comical rapper. He exposes his insecurities and we get to see him grow and move past them, but he is still just a normal guy.

     The show’s drama and comedy blend masterfully for a fantastic final product.

     Dave is made by FX and Hulu, but you can only watch it on Hulu. The entire first season, ten episodes, is out now. So if you are looking for yet another show to binge-watch during quarantine, you know where to go.

Author: Connor Pinsk '23

Connor Pinsk joined The Index in the fall of 2019.