The Game & Dave East Venture Into a World Where Bad Boy Is On Death Row (Audio)
2016 is proving to be Dave East’s best year of his career – by leaps and bounds. The New York City MC who was signed by Nas has been a prominent fixture on the mixtape circuit since 2010, all of which have been lending some serious buzz regarding the arrival of a full-length studio debut. The 27-year-old has been putting content out at a considerable clip, and collaborations with the likes of Fat Joe, The Lox, Pusha T and of course Esco have made it abundantly clear that this relative newcomer can hang with the best of them. Today, a new song with The Game has added a West Coast veteran to East’s list of musical partnerships, and the two allow for the bicoastal influence to shine through.
On the Buda & Grandz-produced “Bad Boy on Death Row,” the two imbue their respective styles and hometowns into more than the song’s title. With allusions to vintage vehicles and drive-by shootings, The Game’s verses serve as a signpost pointing to his Compton, California upbringing but it isn’t East versus west on the track. As East references facets of New York life like Big Apple native Donald Trump, Crooklyn and Spanish Harlem, The Game simultaneously references a woman from Marcy – the public housing community in which Jay Z was raised.