Dave East delivers his third debut album (bad joke).
The Harlem native finally unleashes his often-delayed debut album “Survival.”
In his own words:
“I feel like every project I name it based on kind of what I’m going through. So, when I dropped Paranoia [in 2017] I really was paranoid, you know what I’m saying?” East explains to Billboard about the album’s title. “I’d just gotten my deal, I was still living in the projects, I was still in the same mix, but people knew Nas had signed me. So it gave me a different feel.”
“And then I did the Karma projects [2017-18], and when I did Karma I was falling out with a lot of people,” he continued. “Ipl had the fame for a little while, and like day one friends of mine – we was falling out, over me being “Dave East”. And so I had to just put in my mind that as long as I was nothing but good to a person, and that my heart was genuine, that I got good karma coming, and that there was nothing bad gonna come my way. You know what I mean? 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. 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.”
Survival features collaborations with Nas, E-40, Teyana Taylor, Fabolous and more. Stream East’s debut below.