Dave East, who some would consider a classic New York emcee, is attempting to cut through the mainstream during a time where melodic rappers are dominating the genre.
In the process of doing so, he’s had to make some creative choices that were probably influenced by his record label Def Jam, and one of them included a collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert. East recently spoke with Canadian magazine SSENSE where he voiced his frustration over the record.
“I just did a track with Uzi, but I’m not the biggest fan of the song, just because that ain’t me. We all could get super high, get an Air BnB, listen to Metro Boomin, or one of the beats that’s killing the club, but that don’t really take too much,” East said. Uzi, who would be considered a mumble rapper by some, doesn’t aim for the same things or honor the artists who came before him the way that East does, according to the Harlem emcee.
His approach derives from his love for hip-hop legends who focused on lyrics and songwriting and not just the latter. “For an artist like me that’s lyrical, that likes to write and do research on the dudes before me, I just really want to talk some sh*t and have you listen while others are turning up,” he continued. East is signed to Nas and has been praised by rap veterans like Jadakiss and Fabolous. He's also one of the most prominent rappers coming out of NYC.