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Dave East Leaves It Up To Fate With ‘Karma’ Mixtape

Mixtape of the Week

dave_east_karma-frontHarlem rapper Dave East has “come back around” to put out his eleventh mixtape, Karma, hosted by DJ Holiday. The eleventh mixtape from the Def Jam-signed recording artist follows his critically acclaimed debut, Paranoia: A True Story, a 13-track EP released back in August, which serves as a precursor to his upcoming major label debut.

The mixtape opens with “Legendary,” a track that beneath the surface, is much more than just a hyped up intro to help set the stage. It is executed with precision and planning. The tempo starts to slow things down on the track, “Enough,” which features a much more laidback melody mixed in with ambient tones to accentuate East’s overall flow.

For a New York musician, East is very well-rounded… a point which he has proved time and time again. Now, on the verge of breaking into the mainstream, he teams up with some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop and R&B including Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Chris Brown and fellow XXL Magazine Freshman Kap G, who join him on the club banger, “Bentley Truck.”

East is also joined by Highbridge up-and-comer, Don Q, Chicago rapper/songwriter, Lil Durk, and Migos family member, Offset, on his 16-track commercial mixtape from Mass Appeal and Def Jam Records. Apart from more mainstream collaborations, East also sheds some of the spotlight on a couple of other young rappers on the rise, including Yo Gotti’s protégé Moneybagg Yo, Queensbridge rapper Piif Jones, and Philly rapper D. Jones.

He also brings back some old friends with some fresh new beats, including longtime producer Buda—who is best known for his work with East and fellow DJ/producer Grandz—as well as some new production by Rich Icy, Triple A, Mally Raw, Mike Kuz, Black Metaphor, Dinuzzo, Devon, Rico Suave, Rell Ruger and Fuse of the 808 Mafia with the track “We Riding.”


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