After years of Mixtapes and EP’s, Dave East’s debut album is a 20 song project released on November 8, 2019, by Def Jam Recordings, Mass Appeal Records, and From the Dirt.
Dave said in a recent interview from Billboard, that each of his albums is based on what he’s dealing with in life at the time.
“Survival — that’s what I’ve been doing this entire time. I’m surviving now, I’m still trying to figure it out. I’m trying to broaden my horizons, get into things that people don’t know me for. I feel like “survival” was the one word that could tie all of that together. This project is going to connect some dots of all the bits and pieces of stories I was talking about.”Dave East
The project definitely doesn’t disappoint with an up-close look at his personal growth, life lessons and staying positive, Dave enlists a start-studded group of guest appearances from, DJ Premier, Nas, J Black, Teyana Taylor, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Fabolous, Jacquees, and more be sure to read the full credits for Survival on istandard.
The standout tracks for us are ‘They Wanna Kill You’, ‘Godfather 4’, ‘Need a Sign’, ‘Mama I Made It’, ‘What’s Goin On’.
On the Bonus track, Dave recalls his memories of Nipsey and how much Nipsey’s music meant to him
The Survival Documentary
Part 1 of 5. Dave discusses dropping out of college, how he got his name, and how he got signed to Mass Appeal.
Part 2 of 5. Dave goes on a trip to Philly, plays the album for Swizz Beatz, takes advice from Nas, and more.
Part 3 of 5. Dave on set for his role as Method Man in the Wu-Tang mini-series, putting final touches on “Survival”, and more.
Part 4 of 5. Dave in the studio with Timbaland, discussing being a father, and more.
Part 5 of 5. Inspiration from the late great Nipsey Hussle, the final touches are put on the album, and more.