An older preview of a Dave East song went viral over the weekend and didn’t exactly receive a standing ovation. Subsequently, East became a trending Twitter topic on Monday morning (June 29) after Hip Hop fans quickly pounced on the production and criticized the Harlem-bred rapper for his beat-picking prowess — or perceived lack thereof.
Nas, who’s faced similar criticisms over the beats he chooses for years, addressed the accusations on the NASIR song “Simple Things.”
“Never sold a record for the beat, it’s my verses they purchase/Without production I’m worthless/But I’m more than the surface/Want me to sound like every song on the Top 40/I’m not for you, you not for me, you bore me,” he rapped.
One particular Twitter user cited Nas to illustrate East suffered from the “Nas Effect” — dope MC, wack beats — while another called for whoever made the beat to be fired immediately.
Dave reminding us his still top 5 out of New York blowing new smoke💨🔥
— RapCentury (@RapCentury_) March 27, 2020
But East’s fans weren’t hearing any of it and promptly came to his aid, firing off numerous tweets defending his rap skills. East showed off his latest work earlier this month with the song “Menace” from his forthcoming Karma 3 project.
Produced by StreetHeat and East himself, the straightforward beat provides a smooth soundscape for East to spit lines such as, “Watch when we moving through, them niggas retarded don’t know what they’ll do to you/One think of stabbing you, one think of shooting you/I keep my circle as close as a hula hoop.”
The beat currently making the rounds, however, apparently doesn’t cut it for a large majority of people. This isn’t the first time he’s been accused of being “trash.” In January, he caught flak for his remix of Roddy Ricch’s hit single “The Box” as part of the #BoxChallenge.
Nonetheless, East has an army of fans coming to his rescue. Check out some of the reactions below.
Oh I thought the ppl that gave blue face clout said some about Dave East pic.twitter.com/2jpRixexmz
— Daddy the Father (@finesse_josh) June 29, 2020
Dave East one of the the best rappers out right now fuck is wrong with people. pic.twitter.com/ispiofYyxM
— Still Alive (@MsJanebaby808) June 29, 2020
WHOEVER FIXED THEIR STANK ASS MOUTH TO SAY DAVE EAST IS TRASH LISTENS TO LIL PUMP AND I WANNA FIGHT DEADASS‼️
— Giina (@GeeElaine_) June 29, 2020
Me supporting Dave East and his corny beats because he fine as fuck pic.twitter.com/FgGdwSenY1
— Young Benji (@YoungBenji_) June 29, 2020
Really Woke up to niggas saying Dave East is trash and Griselda too😂🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/378M06HhPV
— King K 🧬 (@khacksaw3) June 29, 2020
Bruh 🙄🙄🙄 the problem is with today generation is all this shit they call rap is straight one liner trash…niggas have no bars at all and want to come at Dave East 🤣🤣🤣 FOH pic.twitter.com/EDznzFfoh1
— DJ Shawne (BlendGodDJ's) (@djshawne1) June 29, 2020
Niggas really got Dave East trending saying he trash🤦🏽♂️smh pic.twitter.com/XhdFSqRj2H
— H.N.I.C. (@RicoBoutMoney) June 29, 2020
Y’all niggas really think Dave East ass….. pic.twitter.com/X4ZEzuxYbc
— Khari Drakes (@bandz_staxkin_k) June 29, 2020
I know y’all not saying Dave East trash? 😤….This why I can’t talk music with niggas pic.twitter.com/grmNyMnpB5
— EAGLESNATION (@OsoWaVeyyy) June 29, 2020
I seen Dave East trending, don’t play with me like dat Twitter 😪🥴😂 pic.twitter.com/g48T2oJp81
— Prèfontainè🇭🇹🇭🇹 (@thecoolestartis) June 29, 2020
Y’all love rappers that have no skill but coming at Dave East?
— ᴀʟʟ ᴛʜᴇ sᴛᴀʀs ✨ (@___iSLAYED) June 29, 2020
Niggas be disrespecting Dave East and G Herbo because it's the thing to do.. Realistically, they're better than your favorite rapper out right now..
— Hipsey Nussle🏁😤 (@swaggy_rique) June 29, 2020
I know ya not on Jesus’ internet calling Dave East trash. Ya smokin k2…. pic.twitter.com/9cZKa1wtT6
— k🦂 (@karatheunikorn) June 29, 2020
NIGGAS IS SAYING DAVE EAST TRASH?!?!?! YA SMOKIN DICK. @DaveEast NIGGA MUST HAVE NEVER HEARD PROSPER, OR IT WAS WRITTEN, OR MY DIRTY LITTLE SECRET, OR ANYTHING OFF BELOVED, LIKE WTF YA PISSIN ME OFF EARLY IN THE MORNING SON 😤
— GordoPapiFlackito (@JUSTSTRAIGHTFAT) June 29, 2020
Imma need ppl to relax on Dave East tryna say he’s wack check ya temp pic.twitter.com/lYHmtDstNg
— Kaneki (@Reap_17) June 29, 2020
Why tf I wake up seeing niggas slander Dave East? Like these niggas don’t only have Lil’ Yachty, Uzi, Kodak, and Cardi B in their rotation. Y’all don’t want me to “all 1st verse” y’all
— Solitary, Sith Lord Of Cinder (@neurovanity) June 29, 2020
So Dave East trash apparently right? 🤦🏽♂️ Come on man put some respect on him y’all needa wake up pic.twitter.com/NbNKzBUIXo
— kingJ23 (@supreme_J23) June 29, 2020