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David Brewster Jr. (born June 3, 1988), better known by his stage name Dave East, is an American rapper, songwriter and actor from Harlem, New York. He gained attention in 2014 from his mixtape Black Rose. Since its release, East has been signed to rapper Nas' label Mass Appeal Records and later Def Jam Recordings. In 2016, East was chosen as part of the XXL magazine's 2016 Freshman Class.

Dave East
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Brewster performing in June 2017
Background information
Birth nameDavid Brewster Jr.
Born (1988-06-03) June 3, 1988 (age 31)
Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active2009–present
Associated acts


Early lifeEdit

David Lawrence Brewster, Jr. was born in New York City and spent his life between East Harlem where his mother resided, and Queensbridge where he lived with his aunt in his late adolescent life. The rapper is of Bajan,and Dominican descent[1] He played basketball, and football at Springbrook High School.[2] Additionally, he played in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) with then-future NBA players Ty Lawson, Greivis Vasquez and developed a close friendship with Golden State Warriors all-star, small-forward Kevin Durant. After Springbrook High School, East attended the University of Richmond, then transferring to Towson University. While attending Towson, East had on going issues with coaching staff which ultimately led to his decision to leave the University. Shortly afterward, he started running into legal trouble in Baltimore, Maryland. The basketball dream was over for East but, it allowed the former hooper to focus more on his music career. [3]


In 2010, he released his first mixtape Change of Plans which gained him a little recognition.[4] He later released the mixtapes Insomnia, American Greed, Don't Sleep and No Regrets, solidifying his commitment to music.[5] In 2013, East periodically sold drugs throughout Harlem to support himself and his music.[6] He then released his sixth mixtape Gemini.[7]

In 2014, his music reached the ears of 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.[8] By the summer of 2014, East was the newest signee of Nas' new Mass Appeal Records along with Bishop Nehru, Fashawn, Boldy James and Run The Jewels.[8] In July 2014, he released his seventh mixtape Black Rose through the label, which received favorable reviews from music critics.[9][10] In 2015, he released his eighth mixtape Hate Me Now which gained great recognition which allowed him to gain key features from well respected emcees such as, Pusha T, Nas, and two-thirds of The Lox, Jadakiss andStyles P.[11][12]

East performing in June 2016.

In June 2016, XXL magazine revealed their annual Freshman Class for 2016, which included East, along with G Herbo, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Dicky, Denzel Curry, and Anderson Paak.[13] on July 7, 2016, East participated in the freshmen cypher along with Chicago's G Herbo hosted by Philadelphia's very own, DJ Drama. [14] In August 2016, he released a joint extended play titled Born Broke, Die Rich with rapper Kur.[15] In September 2016, East was featured on the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher alongside Young M.A., Ms. Jade, Kur and Sam Black.[16] On September 29, 2016, he announced that he has signed a deal with Def Jam Recordings with the deal negotiated by Hip-hop executive Steven "Steve-O" Carless [17] and the next day released the mixtape, Kairi Chanel,[18] which peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard 200.[19] Kairi Chanel featured a few notable names such as, Fabolous, The Game, The Diplomats; Cam'ron, Beanie Sigel, and 2 Chainz. [20]

In January 2017, East made his acting debut, starring in BET's Being Mary Jane series.[21] He later appeared in Puma's Tsugi Shinsei commercial and starred in rapper, Trina's "It Ain't Me" music video.[22][23] In August of 2017, East released his first studio Album, Paranoia: A True Story EP, supported by a few tracks such as "Perfect" featuring American Singer, Chris Brown, "Paranoia" along with Jeezy, and "Phone Jumpin" with Wiz Khalifia. The EP has peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200.[24] Later in the year East released his 11th mixtape, Karma which was hosted by DJ Holiday. This was the beginning of the Karma series. This tape featured tracks such as "Militant" with Bronx rapper, Don Q. Chris Brown also reappeared on "Bentley Truck" track which was also feautured on the Karma tape. In September 2017, East hosted the first annual Goldie Awards, a DJ and producer battle set taking place in New York City.[25]

East started the new year by dropping his 12th mixtape Paranoia 2.[26] on January 15, 2018. In February of 2018 is when the rapper started to network and reach endorsements that would later further his career. In February, East signed a sponsorship with Belaire Rose. The signing of this deal led up to a promotional music video for the brand. The track is titled, "Fresh Prince of Belaire" by Rick Ross which featured East[27]. March of 2018, East signed an endorsement deal with New Era Cap launching his new "lifestyle" 59fifty fitted collection. Shortly after his newly found endorsement, East was featured in New Era's "Claim the Crown" commercial along with some of the top MLB stars such as, Javier Baez, Jose Altuve, and award winning producer, Mike WiLL Made-It.[28] As things continued to look up for East, he released his 13th mixtape on July 27, 2018 which was titled Karma 2. This mixtape featured up-and-coming artists such as Lil Durk, Gunna and BlocBoy JB. He also had features from his two lifetime friends Kiing Shooter and Border Buck.[29] Although this tape did not reach the same success has his first studio album, it still peaked at #41 on the Billboard 200. [30]East is known for putting out music more frequently than other artists. In the same calendar year, Dave released his 15 mixtape which he joined his favorite MC, Styles P. The tape really exposed, and expressed the gritty street life of New York City.


East is known for his raw lyricism and dark storytelling about street life.[31][32] He is influenced by Styles P, Jadakiss, Cam'ron, Big Pun, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Raekwon, DMX, Tupac, Snoop Dogg and The Diplomats.[33][34]

Personal lifeEdit

East as a teen joined the Crips and has stated that he is a Muslim, and that he converted to Islam while in prison.[6] Commenting his conversion, East stated,"Islam really brought a discipline to my life that I didn't really have before... My old mindset was if they ain't helping me, I ain't helping them, but you can't live life that way."[35] Shortly being released from prison, East discovered that his girlfriend at the time was pregnant with his child. Kairi Chanel Brewster was born on March 9, 2016.[36][37]



Television series
Year Title Role Notes
2017 Being Mary Jane[21] Himself Episode: "Getting Nekkid"
2017 The Breaks[38] Hashim Episode: "Under Pressure"
2019 Wu Tang: An American Saga[39] Shotgun/Method Man Series Regular

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards[40] Social Star Himself Nominated


  1. ^ Dave East Spits Bars with Rosenberg on Real Late. YouTube. 11 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Stream Dave East's 'Kairi Chanel' Mixtape". XXL. September 30, 2016. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Luc Belaire (2018-04-30), Dave East | Self Made Tastes Better, Episode 10, retrieved 2019-04-25
  4. ^ "Dave East - Change of Plans (Hosted by DJ Ill Will & DJ Rockst". HotNewHipHop. July 15, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "How They Came Up: The Dave East Story". Indie Hip Hop. October 31, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Dave East Has Harlem, Nas, and the Whole City Behind Him". Village Voice. September 29, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "Dave East - Gemini (Hosted by Adrian Swish)". HotNewHipHop. April 15, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Dave East Details Signing With Nas & Mass Appeal". HipHopDX. October 22, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "Dave East "Black Rose" Cover Art, Tracklist & Mixtape Stream". HipHopDX. August 5, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  10. ^ "Is Dave East Destined For Greatness?". The Source. July 12, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  11. ^ "How They Came Up: The Dave East Story". Indie Hip Hop.
  12. ^ Schwartz, Danny (1 October 2015). "Dave East - Hate Me Now [New Mixtape]". HotNewHipHop.
  13. ^ "2016 XXL Freshman Class Cover". XXL. June 13, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  14. ^ XXL (2016-07-07), G Herbo & Dave East's 2016 XXL Freshmen Cypher, retrieved 2019-05-08
  15. ^ "Stream Dave East & Kur's "Born Broke, Die Rich" EP". HotNewHipHop. August 12, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  16. ^ "Dave East, Young M.A & More Trade Bars On 2016 BET Cypher". HipHopDX. October 4, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
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  18. ^ "Stream Dave East's Debut Album "Kairi Chanel"". HotNewHipHop. September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  19. ^ "Dave East - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  20. ^ "Kairi Chanel", Wikipedia, 2019-02-12, retrieved 2019-05-08
  21. ^ a b "Watch Out D-Wade! Rapper Dave East Is Gabby's Guest On "Being Mary Jane" [VIDEO]". Bossip. December 31, 2016. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  22. ^ "Dave East Stars in Puma's Brand New Tsugi Shinsei Lookbook". XXL. April 14, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  23. ^ "Trina Releases "If It Ain't Me" Video With K. Michelle". Vibe. June 27, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  24. ^ "Brand New Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Science Fiction'". Billboard. August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  25. ^ "A-Trak's Goldie Awards: Dave East to Host & More Details". Billboard. June 6, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  26. ^ Paranoia 2, retrieved 2019-05-08
  27. ^ Dave East (2018-07-13), Dave East & Rick Ross - Fresh Prince of Belaire (Official Video), retrieved 2019-05-08
  28. ^ Staff, T. F. C. (2018-03-06). "New Era Debuts "CLAIM THE CROWN" Campaign Featuring Dave East, Mike WiLL Made-It & More". The Fresh Committee. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  29. ^ "Karma 2 Mixtape by Dave East Hosted by DJ Holiday". Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  30. ^ "Dave East". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  31. ^ "Dave East Reps Harlem in His Version of Fat Joe's "All The Way Up"". Highsnobiety. April 11, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  32. ^ "Dave East Echoes A Nostalgic New York Street Vibe On 'Hate Me Now'". TheRapfest. October 12, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  33. ^ "Dave East - 2016 XXL Freshman Class". XXL. June 28, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  34. ^ "Mass Appeal — Mass Appeal Issue 56: On Deck". Mass Appeal. June 15, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
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  36. ^ "BABY SCOOP: Rapper Dave East Welcomes A Baby Girl". Ice Cream Convos. March 9, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  37. ^ Miller, Kai (June 9, 2018). "Snoop Dogg and Dave East Rep Their Set in "Cripn 4 Life" Video". XXL. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  38. ^ "The Beef Between Barry and Nikki Brews Over to Imani X and Dave East Makes His Debut on The Breaks". VH1. April 4, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  39. ^ "'Wu-Tang: An American Saga': Julian Elijah Martinez, Dave East & Vinnie Pastore Join Cast Of Hulu Drama Series, Craig Zisk To Direct". Deadline Hollywood. March 5, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  40. ^ "BMI Social Star Award 2017". BMI Awards. August 14, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017.

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