Dave East

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A strong lyricist adept at telling gritty street narratives, Harlem-based MC Dave East has a style heavily reminiscent of ’90s New York hardcore rap while sounding fresh enough to compete with the contemporary hip-hop landscape. After building a buzz with several independent mixtapes during the early 2010s, East caught the attention of his favorite rapper, Nas, who signed him to Mass Appeal. Several Billboard-charting releases followed, including 2016’s Kairi Chanel, 2017’s Paranoia: A True Story, and 2020’s Top 40 hit Karma 3. East also branched out into acting and portrayed Method Man on the Hulu series Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga. The iconic rapper guested on East’s 2022 release HDIGH. This was followed by Book of David, a collaboration with Buda & Grandz and DJ Drama.

Born David Brewster, Jr. in 1988, he started releasing mixtapes as Dave East in 2010, beginning with Change of Plans. Several more arrived throughout the next few years, including 2013’s Gemini. After signing to Nas’ Mass Appeal label in 2014, he released Black Rose, and Straight Outta Harlem arrived near the end of the year. Hate Me Now, featuring guests such as Pusha T and Jadakiss, followed in 2015.

In 2016, XXL magazine featured East as part of their annual Freshman Class, and the Kairi Chanel tape followed on Mass Appeal later in the year with guest verses from 2 Chainz, Fabolous, and Cam’ron, among others. Issued just after East publicized his deal with Def Jam, it debuted in the Top Five of Billboard’s R&B/hip-hop chart and scraped the Top 40 of the all-genre Billboard 200.

In 2017, East issued the single “Perfect” with Chris Brown. The song appeared on Paranoia: A True Story, East’s Def Jam debut, which also featured appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, and Nas, and reached the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. Following the late-2017 release Karma, Paranoia 2 arrived in early 2018; guests included T.I., Lloyd Banks, and Marsha Ambrosius. The independently released mixtape Karma 2 appeared later that summer, just as the emcee was touring with Lauryn Hill. East wrapped up his prolific year with a hard-hitting collaboration with the Lox’s Styles P on Beloved, which debuted at number 70 on the Billboard 200. The following year saw East issue the singles “Everyday” with Gunna and “Wanna Be a G” with Max B. Both tracks appeared on his 2019 official studio effort Survival, which debuted on the Billboard 200 just outside the Top Ten. The star-studded set also featured appearances by DJ Premier, Nas, Teyana Taylor, Rick Ross, the-Dream, Fabolous, Jacquees, Mozzy, E-40, and many more. He also experienced a breakthough in his fledgeling acting career, appearing first in the Netflix series Beats, then taking on the role of rapper Method Man on Hulu’s Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga.

In 2020, East returned with the third installment in his mixtape series, Karma 3. The effort entered the Top 40 and featured guests Mary J. Blige, Popcaan, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, and many more. 2021 saw the release of Hoffa, a collaborative project with Harry Fraud that also featured Curren$y, G Herbo, and French Montana. 2022’s HDIGH (“How Did I Get Here?”) featured guest appearances by Method Man, Benny the Butcher, Musiq Soulchild, and others. His second release of the year was Book of David, with Buda & Grandz and DJ Drama.

  • Dave East - Paranoia: A True Story (Writer/Performer)
  • Dave East - P2 (Writer/Performer)
  • Dave East - Hate Me Now (Writer/Performer)
  • Dave East - Straight Outta Harlem (Writer/Performer)
  • Dave East - Kari Channel (Writer/Performer)
  • Dave East - Black Rose (Writer/Performer)
  • Dave East - Gemini (Writer/Performer)
  • Dave East - No Regrets (Writer/Performer)
  • Dave East - Karma 3 (Writer / Performer)
  • Dave East - Don't Sleep (Writer/Performer)
  • Dave East - American Greed (Writer/Performer)
  • Dave East - Change of Plans (Writer/Performer)
  • Dave East - Survival Pacc (Writer / Performer)
  • Dave East - "No Hoodie (Nothin' to Lose)" (Writer / Performer)
  • Dave East - "My Loc" (Writer / Performer)
  • Dave East - "Alone feat. Jacquees" (Performer)
  • Dave East - HDIGH (Writer / Performer)
  • Dave East, Nas, Lin-Manual Miranda, Aloe Blacc - "Wrote My Way Out" - The Hamilton Mixtape (Writer/Performer)
  • Dave East & Styles P - Beloved (Writer / Performer)
  • Meek Mill - "Slippin' feat Dave East & Future" - 4/4 Part 2 (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • Mac Miller - "Headaches & Migraines feat. Dave East" - Smoke Till I'm Dead (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • The Sparks Foundation - "It's True feat. Dave East, SayItAintTone, and Rayven Justice" - Forever Madness: The Randy Savage EP (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • AD - "Scream feat. Skeme and Dave East" - Blue:89 (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • Cassidy - "MMM (remix) feat. Dave East, Fred Money, Vado, Red Café, Papoose, Maino, Uncle Murda, Fat Trel, Fred the Godson, Chubby Jag, Drag-On, J.R. Writer, Compton Menace" - Don't Trust Anyone 3 (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • Statik Selektah - "The Locker Room feat. Dave East" - Lucky 7 (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • Fabolous - "Summertime Sadness feat. Dave East" -Summertime Shootout (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • Fabolous - "For the Family feat. Dave East & Don Q" - Summertime Shootout 2 (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • Trey Songz - "Everybody Say feat. Dave East and MIKExANGEL" - To Whom It May Concern (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • Styles P - "Welcome to NY feat. Dave East, Snype Life, & Nino Man" - A Wise Guy and a Wise Guy (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • Fat Trel - "All My Life feat. Dave East" - SDMG 2 (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • BJ The Chicago Kid - "Hold Me Down feat. Dave East" (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • Top Shelf Premium - "Dave East Freestyle" - Off Top Vol. 1 (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • Smoke DZA & Pete Rock - "Limitless feat. Dave East" - Don't Smoke Rock (Featured Artist/Songwriter)
  • Uncle Murda - "Hold Up" - Don't Come Outside, Vol. 2 (Writer / Performer)
  • D. Cross - "Never Cried - Dave East" - Cross da Boss (Writer / Performer)
  • V Don - "Get Back (feat. Dave East)" - Black Mass (Writer / Performer)
  • Stro - "Lace Up (feat. Dave East)" - Back on Saratoga (Writer / Performer)
  • Smoke Dza - "96 Knicks (feat. Dave East)" - A Closed Mouth Don't Get Fed (Writer / Performer)
  • Rich Rhymer - "NY Minute feat. Dave East" - Rated R (Writer / Performer)
  • N.O.R.E, J.U.S.T.I.C.E League - "My City (New York) feat. Dave East" - Patio Furniture (Writer / Performer)
  • Greatness Jones, Dave East - "Roll Up" (Writer / Performer)
  • R-Mean, Berner, Dave East - "On God" (Writer / Performer)
  • Dave East, Jonezy - "Welcome Home DMX" - Griselda & BSF: Conflicted (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Writer / Performer)
  • Matte Caliste, Dave East - "R.O.D - Ant Wan" (Writer / Performer)
  • Dave East, Millyz - "Pablo & Blanco" (Writer / Performer)
  • Forsyth, Dave East, Gako - "Line 'Em Up" (Writer / Performer)
  • Dave East, Piif Jones - "Glory" (Writer / Performer)
  • Mary J. Blige - "Rent Money (feat. Dave East)" - Good Morning Gorgeous (Writer / Performer)
  • G Perico, Dave East - "Half a Bird" (Writer / Performer)
  • Snoop Dogg - "Make Some Money (feat. Fabolous & Dave East)" - Snoop Dogg Presents Algorithm (Writer / Performer)
  • Chris Brickley, Dave East, Jadakiss - "Comfortable" (Writer / Performer)
  • Fabolous - "BACH TO BACH (with Dave East)" (Writer / Performer)
  • Snoop Dogg, DJ Drama - "I'll Holla Back" - Gangsta Grillz: I Still Got It (Writer / Performer)
  • Snoop Dogg, DJ Drama - "My City" - Gangsta Grillz: I Still Got It (Writer / Performer)
  • Dave East, DJ Drama, Buda & Grandz - Book of David (Writer / Performer)
  • Dave East - "Dope Boy" (Writer / Performer)