Dave East Is A Dose Of Reality In An Era Of Rap Distractions (Video)
Whether it goes down in history as a mixtape or an album, Dave East’s Kairi Chanel left a lasting mark on 2016. Mass Appeal Records’ Harlem, New Yorker artist inked a deal with Def Jam partnership. Upon the ’16 announcement, he waited one day to release 15 tracks featuring Fabolous, Cam’ron, 2 Chainz, Beanie Sigel, and The Game. Like the nine mixtapes before it, the tireless East threw his life over beats, capturing a truly distinct experience.
“30 Niggaz” is one of the telling moments. The video is stripped down, with Dave surrounded by his squad. The song is a straightforward examination of the circumstances that brought Dave East to his present, and where he intends to head with oncoming fame and fortune.
With the gold fronts in, Dave looks directly into the camera. He spits his lines from the Buda & Grandz-produced track with deadpan sincerity. At a time when Rap music embraces distractions, East is a dose of reality. As he gets major backing, many Heads will be satisfied with more of the same from Kairi.
Photo by Calligrafist Photography.