20 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

You can imagine why Dave East might be drawn to the theme of survival of the fittest: The born-and-bred New Yorker is vexingly multitalented, having traded a promising basketball career for a position as one of his city’s foremost Rotten Apple revivalists. The East Coast boom-bap classicism is clear from bar one on Survival, the rapper’s first official album, with a scratch-heavy DJ Premier beat that could’ve been left off Illmatic. (That checks out, considering Nas is East’s mentor; the fellow Queensbridge native shows up to big up his protégé over strings and brass on “Godfather 4.”) As always, East raps like he’s seen some s**t—and he has—but Survival’s the lushest he’s ever sounded, with slinky Jodeci samples (“Alone”) and gorgeous Teyana Taylor guest spots (“Need a Sign”).

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

You can imagine why Dave East might be drawn to the theme of survival of the fittest: The born-and-bred New Yorker is vexingly multitalented, having traded a promising basketball career for a position as one of his city’s foremost Rotten Apple revivalists. The East Coast boom-bap classicism is clear from bar one on Survival, the rapper’s first official album, with a scratch-heavy DJ Premier beat that could’ve been left off Illmatic. (That checks out, considering Nas is East’s mentor; the fellow Queensbridge native shows up to big up his protégé over strings and brass on “Godfather 4.”) As always, East raps like he’s seen some s**t—and he has—but Survival’s the lushest he’s ever sounded, with slinky Jodeci samples (“Alone”) and gorgeous Teyana Taylor guest spots (“Need a Sign”).

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
152 Ratings

152 Ratings

说不定你的季节 ,

👌

Good stuff

Bdilla810 ,

Fire Starter

This album is unreal! Nipsey passed and possessed the homie Dave East to make this album. Nothing but hit after hit. The beats bang out my car speakers, he speaks on some real stuff. I’ve been asking just about everyone if they got this album yet. Already looking forward to your next project. The Marathon Continues 🏁🏁🏁

Negus Joe ,

Survival Review

I’m a Dave East fan but I wasn’t that impressed with this Album.. I’ll give it a C+ feel like he could’ve did better

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