DAVE EAST, BUDA & GRANDZ, & DJ DRAMA – BOOK OF DAVID

Dave East and DJ Drama give us a new mixtape that fans should love. This is Dave East at his best. He’s spitting those Harlem bars with that classic New York cadence. He is definitely one of the MCs that is keeping the city alive nowadays. His flow is fantastic and he never runs out of slick lines to say. He doesn’t really have any features on here aside from some vocalists who sound great like Katt Rockell. The beats on here are fire. He really has some nice boom bap sounds with some soulful samples in there to give them breath. All in all, this is a solid record that Dave East almost handled on his own back. Fans will definitely love this one.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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DAVE EAST – HDIGH (HOW DID I GET HERE)

Dave East drops a brand new quick project that plays through pretty well. They always say “leave them wanting more” and that is what this project does. On the mic, Dave is very focused with a great flow. He has some above average beats and some subject matter that is great on this project. The first track that sets the tone is “Unbelievable” featuring the legendary Method Man. Both MCs rip the mic over a really great beat and it really does give you a sense of how Dave East is going into the halls of New York royalty. “After Taxes” is another great concept for a song. This is one that is not really touched by a lot of MCs out there. It talks about how taxes are unfair and truthfully, there really aren’t enough people talking about this. Dave East does a great job with this project and really shows us what it should be like to be a New York MC in 2022.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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DAVE EAST & HARRY FRAUD – HOFFA

Dave East & Harry Fraud link up to give us a new project that has a smooth sound. On the mic, Dave East is dope as usual. We get his usual flow which sounds pretty dope. You pretty much get what you expect there with the lyrics. On the production side, Harry Fraud is smooth and gives us some decent beats to nod your head to. It might be a bit more laid back than people might have wanted, but still sounds dope on some level. This really isn’t a bad album at all, but it just didn’t hit the way I thought it would have.


OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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DAVE EAST & MILLYZ – PABLO & BLANCO

At only 5 songs and an intro, these two didn’t have much room for mistakes. So they didn’t really make any. Dave East teams up with Millyz to give us a quick EP that has a Spanish influence to it. The most notable part of this project is the bars. Both MCs definitely do their thing and their respective flows are almost impeccable. The beats on here are pretty good as well. With the whole Spanish theme to it, they incorporate some good samples and some really hard drums to the tracks. This one plays through well and fast and street hip hop heads will definitely be feeling this one.


OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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DAVE EAST – KARMA 3 (DELUXE)

Dave East releases the Karma 3 Deluxe Edition and this one and this one has an extra 8 songs that actually should have been on the original release. It’s amazing that he kept the better tracks for the deluxe version. I think the original rating will still stand but it is imperative that we point out the new highlights on this deluxe version. The song “Sexual” with Chris Brown is really dope and shows another great match-up between the rapper and singer. The “Handsome (remix)” featuring Young Jeezy is way better than the original version as they add a sung melody throughout the hook. “Bacc On My Level” is another dope song that turned out really well and definitely should be pointed out. My only question for Dave East: “Why were you holding out on this heat on the original version??” Keep the dope tracks coming out.


OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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DAVE EAST – KARMA 3

Dave East releases a new project called Karma 3. Traditionally, this series of his tends to get weaker scores. While a little bit better than its predecessors, this one sort of suffers from the same thing as the previous chapters. Dave East is a great rapper. His bars are dope and his rhymes schemes are really good. I think he comes up with some really clever rhymes and wordplay and you can definitely hear it showcased on this new project. The beats on here are decent as well. There are some standout tracks like “Stone Killer” featuring Benny and “Envy.” Both have really great beats and the rhymes and flow are definitely on point. The part that Dave East lacks is making those songs that just stick with you. If you look at an MC like Nas and all of his great albums, there are certain songs that stick out and you remember those songs forever. With Dave East, I really think he is lacking in that department. You don’t really get those memorable hip hop moments in history with him. It was kind of cool hearing “The City” with Trey Songz, which is a reworking of Jay-Z’s “Ain’t No Love.” But again, this is someone else’s work and not Dave East’s work. It’d be great to hear something original and something timeless from Dave East because I definitely know he has it in him. You just won’t find it on this particular release.


OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks


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DAVE EAST – SURVIVAL

Dave East drops a pretty sizable new project. Weighing in at 20 tracks, there is certainly a lot of material to digest and make sense of. Overall, this is a pretty decent project. On the mic, Dave East is dope here and has pretty much always been great at rhyming. His voice makes him definitely distinguishable and he is great at putting together some worthwhile bars. Listening to him rhyme, I always get the sense that he is classic NY style at heart. He’s just better at rapping than a lot of people out there. He also does a great job at blending the old school and the new school with his style. He can cater to both audiences. The beats on this album are slightly above average. You get some highly produced and dope beats on here to vibe out to. I would have like to see more boom bap on here, but nonetheless, it still turned out pretty good. Highlights include “Godfather 4” with Nas where they both trade top notch bars over top of a dope beat. “On My Way To School” is a great look back at what is was like for us as school aged children. Not enough rappers tell stories like this these days-something we can all relate to. “The Marathon Continues” is another great track which is a very, very touching tribute to the late, great Nipsey Hussle. This one might just be the highlight of the whole project. While this record is not perfect (there are some lower points in the middle with some current rappers), it is still a great sound for Dave East and he did a good job with this one. You definitely want to cop this one.

 

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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DAVE EAST & STYLES P – BELOVED

What a great collaboration this turned out to be!! Dave East and Styles P are two fantastic MCs and they really showed that the whole was better than the sum of it’s parts on this project. This one is definitely up there as one of the best ones of the year. Dave East has always been able to spit and he raises the bar on this one when he has competition from Styles P. Both rappers feed off of each other and try to outdo the other throughout the whole project. The beats on here are dope as well. You definitely get some hard hitting East Coast tracks that both rappers sound great over top of. There really isn’t a whack song on this whole project. You get street songs like “For All My Niggas” or “Shout Out My Hood” and then you also get something a little more commercial with “Don’t Cross Me.” This is the definition of a cohesive and quality project here. Both MCs did a fantastic job on this and they should be commended for their contribution.

OVERALL RATING: 4.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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DAVE EAST – KARMA 2

Dave East releases the second installment of his Karma mixtapes and this one didn’t really hit the mark for me. He is definitely 100% lyrically on point. That can’t be debated at all. This dude knows how to spit and he is definitely doing it on this project. The beats were a bit sub par. I got lost as I was on this trip. It just seemed like the same thing over and over again and nothing really stuck out too much. The highlight was “Imagine” as it sampled the Jay-Z classic “Hard Knock Life.” Apart from this, there really wasn’t anything that was monumentally crazy. It’s not really a bad album, but it really isn’t too memorable either. Maybe Dave East needs some more focused song themes or different producers to work with.

OVERALL RATING: 2.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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DAVE EAST – PARANOIA 2

Dave East definitely comes back strong with this follow up to his “Paranoia” mixtape. This second installment is definitely a dope second chapter to the series. I was pretty disappointed with the last “Karma” mixtape so this one redeemed the Harlem native. Lyrically, Dave East does what he does best. There really aren’t too many other new cats that can see Dave lyrically bar for bar. He’s great with bars and with hooks as well. He definitely has a knack for writing. The beats are a lot better on here as well. It sounds more like a New York record than this trap garbage out there today. There are some good-themed songs like “Corey” and “I Found Keisha” which tell great stories. There are bangers like “Violent” which features Lloyd Banks in which both MCs destroy a hot beat. This is a dope record and definitely deserves more than a few listens.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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DAVE EAST – KARMA

This was an extremely disappointing release from a super talented lyricist. There really isn’t anything on this album that I can say has any redeeming qualities. Dave East is a fantastic wordsmith, but he is all but trying to sell out on this project. His flow is garbage and every song sounds more like this new mumble rap garbage instead of the Harlem hardcore sound that we are used to from him. The beats are trash all around. Again, he wanted this to sound like this new garbage out today instead of staying true to himself. I was hoping that there would at least be one song to salvage from this, but it is a complete dumpster fire all around. Chuck this one right out the window. Dave, we are hoping for a great deal more on the next release.

OVERALL RATING: 0.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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DAVE EAST – PARANOIA: A TRUE STORY

Dave East drops off another fantastic project. I think he did a great job with this one. The dude is always on point lyrically. He really spits some hot bars on this project. His rhymes are very visual and he gives us a view inside his thoughts on this one. Paranoia is definitely a central theme. He shows what is important to him like his daughter and even makes a song for the ladies with “Perfect” featuring Chris Brown. He also shows us why he is on guard of enemies and haters though on songs like “Hated.” The beats are pretty good on this project. Seems as though there is a very distinct older New York sound on here which is good. I was looking for a straight banger of a song but there really wasn’t one. This project is more of a vibe or a glimpse into his life at the moment. All in all, a very good job on this one.

OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

 

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DAVE EAST – KAIRI CHANEL

This is a dope project from the now Def Jam-signed artist on the rise Dave East. Lyrically this guy is fire. He is an up-and-coming artist that can’t be touched. He brings back the old New York sound so poignantly and so fiercely that it is tough to knock this dude off his top spot. This new project is named after his daughter. His rhymes are fierce the whole way through. The beats are the part where this project may be lacking a little bit. East really stands out when he is storytelling. “Keisha” and “Don’t Shoot” are probably the standout tracks on here. If you don’t feel differently after listening to “Don’t Shoot,” then you may want to check your pulse. “From The Heart” is another good track. All in all, this is a good effort. I would have liked to have heard more boom bap type beats. We have yet to hear Dave East over, say, a DJ Premier beat. I think that is something the culture really needs. Dave East is definitely a great artist and a fantastic lyricist. Here’s to hoping to see him get better and better with time.

OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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DAVE EAST & KUR – BORN BROKE, DIE RICH

This is a short project at only 5 songs. I split it completely in half. Dave East is awesome. His rhymes are awesome and he always delivers. He is new talent which is often slept on. The dude is very underrated. Kur is basically the black Mac Miller. To straight up bite someone’s style is whack enough on it’s own but biting a whack rapper’s style is beyond me. We can all do without Kur. The  beats are very average. They are the same thing that we are used to hearing today. Nothing special there. All in all this project is probably a flop. Dave East is really the only talent on this talent. I’d rather hear a solo release instead of projects like this.

OVERALL RATING: 1 out of 5 Cheesesteaks

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