Nas protege Dave East is the latest rapper charged with the task of being an artist “here to bring New York’s gritty streets back to the world.”

That’s the case made in Green Label’s “How Will New York Rap Survive The Trap Era? With Dave East” profile on the Mass Appeal rapper.

In the story, Dave East says that music of yesteryear remains potent. 

“I can wake up in the morning and throw Cam’s S.D.E. on or some old ‘Kiss, and it still sounds harder than what’s out today,” Dave East says in the Green Label story. “I touch on topics that are going on today in my life and the people I’m around. Once I’m touring, I’m going to rap a little different and the topics are going to be a little different, but I’m talking from what I see every day.”

To read the full “How Will New York Rap Survive The Trap Era? With Dave East,” visit Green Label.