Dave East has dropped off his debut studio album Survival, out via Def Jam Recordings/Mass Appeal Records. Clocking in at approximately and hour and 20 minutes, the Harlem-born rapper enlists an impressive amount of features from Gang Starr’s DJ Premier on the opener “They Wanna Kill You,” Nas on “Godfather 4,” Rick Ross and The-Dream on “OG,” Mozzy and E-40 on “Devil Eyes” and Ty Dolla $ign on the bonus track, “On Sight.”
With an extensive catalog of three EPs and 14 mixtapes, East has taken his time to practice and perfect a sound he identifies with. His works have always been a reflection on what he’s going through at the moment, and Survival takes on his new life as a major label artist. “And then Survival — that’s what I’ve been doing this entire time. I’m surviving now, I’m still trying to figure it out,” he explained in a recent interview. “I’m trying to broaden my horizons, get into things that people don’t know me for. I feel like “survival” was the one word that could tie all of that together.”
Stream Dave East’s Surival on Spotify and Apple Music below.