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Dave East

Name: Dave East

Birthday: June 3, 1988

Fav Dish: Beef Tacos

David Brewster Jr. (born June 3, 1988), better known by his stage name Dave East, is an American rapper from East Harlem, New York. He gained attention in 2014 from his mixtape Black Rose. Since the release of his mixtape, East has been signed to rapper Nas’ label Mass Appeal Records and has made a number of guest appearances.

On October 1, 2015, East released his mixtape titled Hate Me Now with features from Nas, Mack Wilds, Pusha T and more. In 2016, East was chosen as part of the XXL magazine’s 2016 “Freshman Class”.

In 2010, he released his first mixtape Change of Plans which gained him a little of recognition. He later released the mixtapes Insomnia, American Greed, Don’t Sleep and No Regrets, solidifying his commitment to music. In 2013, East periodically sold drugs throughout Harlem to support himself and his music. He then released his sixth mixtape Gemini.

In 2014, his music reached the ears of his favorite rapper Nas who quickly looked for ways to contact East. Unbeknownst to Nas, East was close friends with Nas’ younger brother and fellow rapper Jungle who quickly introduced the two.

By summer 2014, East was the newest signee of Nas’ new Mass Appeal Records along with Bishop Nehru, Fashawn, Boldy James and Run The Jewels. In July 2014, he released his seventh mixtape Black Rose through the label, which received favorable reviews from music critics. In 2015, he released his eighth mixtape Hate Me Now with features from Pusha T, Nas, Mack Wilds, Jadakiss, Styles P and more.

In February 2016, East’s song “Cut It” peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Twitter Real-Time chart. In June 2016, XXL magazine revealed their annual “Freshman Class” for 2016, which included East, along with other nine new artists.In August 2016, he released a joint extended play titled Born Broke, Die Rich with rapper Kur.

In September 2016, East was featured on the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher alongside Young M.A, Ms. Jade, Kur and Sam Black. On September 29, 2016, he announced that he has signed a deal with Def Jam Recordings and the next day released the mixtape, Kairi Chanel, which peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard 200. In January 2017, East made his acting debut, starring in BET’s Being Mary Jane series

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