Dave East is officially signed to a major label with the announcement that he has started a joint venture with Def Jam. His first move after the deal is dropping his Kairi Chanel album.
The project, which is named after the Harlem MC’s daughter, boasts 15 tracks with features from The Game, 2 Chainz and fellow New York rappers Fabolous and Cam’ron.
Stream Kairi Chanel below.
(This article was first published September 29, 2016 at 2:02 p.m. PST and is as follows.)
Dave East is not only a member of Nas’ Mass Appeal family, the Harlem, New York rapper has also signed to Def Jam, he announced today (September 29).
He told The Breakfast Club that the deal is a joint venture. He says there wasn’t a label that didn’t offer him a contract and explains why he made the move with Def Jam, the home of Pusha T and Vince Staples.
“It wasn’t the average me just signing to a major, like I’m actually partners with them,” he says. “Mass Appeal is still the family. Nas is still going to be able to executive produce my album. So it’s a step forward for me. I was with Mass Appeal solely for almost two years. Nas really introduced the world to me, a lot of people to me. So that was ideal as far as me first coming in. I feel like it’s at a time now where I really need a machine, I’m not gonna say ‘need,’ but it helps. A machine really helps what I’m trying to do especially being from New York and not trying to stay in New York.”
I Remember Sittin In My Nasty Ass Cell Tellin My Celly Ima Do The Music Thing When I Get Out This Shit. Went Hard As I Possibly Could Then @nas Signed Me. I'll Never Have To Live In The Projects Again And That Was A Real Dream. Thank You @defjamrecords For Welcoming Me To The Family #FreakyForever ?
The 28-year-old rapper is set to drop his Kairi Chanel mixtape on Friday with features from 2 Chainz and fellow New York MCs Fabolous and Cam’ron. The project is named after East’s six-month-old daughter.
Check out Dave East’s Kairi Chanel mixtape cover art and tracklist below.
- It Was Written
- Type of Time
- Can’t Ignore f. 2 Chainz
- Sending My Love f. Sevyn Streeter
- 30 Ni**az
- Eyes on Me f. Fabolous
- S.D.E. f. Cam’ron
- Don Pablo
- The Only Thing
- The Real Is Back f. Beanie Sigel
- Slow Down f. Jazzy Amra
- Don’t Shoot
- Bad Boy on Death Row f. The Game