This weeks artist profile is on Harlem’s own, Dave East. He’s been active in this rap game for about 7 years and his hard work is paying off. Gradually coming into the spotlight for about 2 years now and with a special knack for lyricism and 10 mixtapes, it’s time to throw some shine towards himself and his talents. Most of you probably already know about East, but here’s a shortcut through his artistry.
Label: Def Jam
Worked With: Chris Brown, 2 Chainz, Nas, Fab, Nipsey, The Game, Trey Songz, Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, and French Montana
Favorite Music Video: This is by far my favorite video because it’s one of his only where he takes us on a ride through a short story. This one, a bank robbery. Featuring A$AP Ferg, this video has Harlem vibes running strong with an aggressive feel that keeps you on your toes.
Most Viewed Music Video: Dave East dropped in 2014 and has since racked up 5.5 million views. Check out some of his earlier work below.
His latest video can be found on the New Music Video Tab.
Favorite Song: Don’t judge me, but I never really listened to much Beanie Sigel. With that being said, this song was impressive on many levels. Immediately after listening to this song, I had to hear it one more time through. I felt like it spoke directly to me with almost every bar. Beanie’s feature added a perfectly smooth OG feel and when they started rapping back and forth…. the song wouldn’t have been the same without that essential piece.
-Change Of Plans (2010)
– Insomnia (2011)
-American Greed (2011)
-Don’t Sleep (2011)
-No Regrets (2012)
-Black Rose (2014)
-Straight Out Of Harlem (2014)
-Hate Me Now (2015)
-Kairi Chanel (2016)
-Born Broke, Die Rich [Collab w/ Kur] (2016)
You can check out his sound cloud here.
What do you think about Dave East’s music? Does he have the lyrical talent that seems to be fading from Hip-Hop? I think so. Let me know in the comments.