He's a 2016 XXL Freshman, co-signed by the prolific Nas and many refer to him as the "saviour of New York rap," but Dave East, like many rappers dropping their debut album, is displaying his range as to not just be boxed in as a "New York rapper."
It's well known information that most of the mainstream artists out now are "mumble rappers," making catchy hooks - talking about drugs and not much else. But to find vulnerable verses where artists continue to tell a story and reminisce on the pain that delivered them to the self reflecting individuals they are today is very few, far and in between.
I grew up in the era of 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Nas and so much New York sound that it's basically part of my psyche - and how I describe myself, with 50 Cent verses.
Fast forward to 2017, we have your J. Cole's, your Kendrick Lamar's and someone who definitely deserves to be part of that conversation or in that class - Dave East.
No stranger to mixtapes, East dropped his debut album last week entitled Paranoia: A True Story, which debuted as #1 overall on the iTunes charts. If you live outside of New York, you may not have heard his songs on the radio, but trust me, real hip hop heads are listening.
The song opens with the title track, "Paranoia" featuring Pastor Young - the snowman himself, Jeezy. Witty one liners from the Atlanta connection are enough to keep anyone listening, but it's the next track "The Hated" (after the Skit) that hooked me.
Stream Paranoia: A True Story below.
East also stopped by our sister station, WWPR-FM Power 105.1 FM in New York City to casually drop a freestyle, talk about his past and what he has planned coming up soon.