We named Dave East as one of our 7 artists to watch for 2015 at the top of this year, and he’s definitely living up to the hype!
For his first major release of the year, the Harlem spitter teams up with DJ Drama for a Gangsta Grillz version of Hate Me Now. The 20-track project features some of New York‘s elite, from OGs like Jadakiss and Styles P to of course his mentor/CEO Nas, as well as up-and-comers like Tray Pizzy and Makarel. Tomorrow, a no-DJ version will be available for purchase on iTunes.
New York‘s rap scene has had small “comeback” waves over recent years, but very few are true to that feeling Jay and Nas and Biggie brought back in the 90s. Dave East definitely brings that on Hate Me Now, and it’s only a matter of time before he makes that “Forbes List” he’s dreaming of. Stream and download the project below!
If you haven’t noticed via all my social media channels, I’ve been along for the ride for a handful of Under The Influence of Music dates thus far, kicking off on July 24th in Scranton, PA. Originally set to feature Tyga as well (before he dropped out in the last hour,) the tour is comprised of 7 sets featuring DJ Drama, Mack Wilds, the HBK Gang (IAMSU! and Sage the Gemini), Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeezy and of course the ring leader, Wiz Khalifa. Even if you’re not fans of all of those acts, there’s something on this show for EVERYONE. To be honest, you don’t need to be a fan of ANY of them to enjoy this tour…although there’s probably something wrong with you if you don’t like a single person in that list of hitmakers.
I attended the 2008 Ozone Awards in H-town on behalf of AllHipHop.com and my girl Tot’s Culture Shock Mag.
I was right there when the infamous Rick Ross x Vlad altercation went down…and the ONE photo of Vlad all bloodied up that circulated the web – that was mine! Knew nothing about tagging pics and all that stuff back then, LOL!