Next Up: Dave East

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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With the West Coast resurgence happening in full bloom as of late and the south cranking out hits left and right many have been looking to New York for that next BIG thing.

The conversation is becomes controversial when you start to discuss talent or even the city’s own radio stations showing little in the way of love for local artists. If a rapper takes a more traditional, Big Apple route when it comes to sonics he/she often gets labelled as a “nostalgia” act. It’s as if New York sound is something that should be left in the past. Some artists like the A$AP Mob or even French Montana steer clear of sounding like their backyard, for better or worse. And then there’re guys like Dave East.

The 26-year-old emcee isn’t your garden variety New York rapper. He isn’t the stereotypical boom bap seeking backpacker so many newer artists are sometimes shamed out of being. He’s just him and it’s starting to pay dividends. Growing up in Harlem but spending a lot of time on the 41st side of things, Dave and his affiliation with Queensbridge and Ravenswood landed him a lot of relationships aside from music. Those relationships culminated in a large co-sign, but it would be his music that ultimately attracted the attention of one of the city’s legends.

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