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Dave East “Everyday” feat. Gunna Visual is Out

Today, meteoric Harlem rapper, model and actor Dave East – whose legendary mixtapes have amassed over one billion global streams –released the music video for “Everyday” featuring Gunna. Directed by Andrew Sandler, the menacing visual features Dave East in the midst of a high stakes poker game while switching to shots of Gunna exchanging bars with East in a dimly lit room. Watch the visual here.

“Everyday” was a part of Dave East’s two-song summer release ‘Survival Pacc,’ which also included “Wanna be a G” featuring Max B. Released via Def Jam Recordings/Mass Appeal Records, you can listen to ‘Survival Pacc’ here. Dave’s long-awaited debut album, SURVIVAL, is slated to arrive this fall.

Leading up to the highly anticipated release of SURVIVAL, Dave East will be portraying Method Man in Wu-Tang: An American Saga, the upcoming HULU limited mini-series whose 10 episodes will premiere on September 4th. A fictionalized drama, An American Saga was created by Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA and Alex Tse (Watchmen, Superfly 2018). Executive producers include Brian Grazer and Method Man. View trailers for An American Saga here.

Dave East’s Def Jam/Mass Appeal saga took off in August 2017 with the release of his lauded mixtape,Paranoia: A True Story. The 13-track mixtape gained traction behind Dave’s Def Jam debut single“Perfect” featuring Chris Brown, whose video boasts more than 40 million combined YouTube views of to date.

Paranoia: A True Story was followed up by the Paranoia 2 mixtape (January 2018), which was supported by a 10-minute short film, “The Hated.” The gritty drama centered on two childhood friends who get caught up in the street hustle that eventually lands one of them in the Rikers Island jail. Dave’s profile was amped considerably on his 23-city cross-country “Paranoia 2 Tour” of the U.S. in January-February 2018.

Dave East then jumped into the ring for BELOVED (October 2018), a mixtape collabo with invincible Yonkers MC Styles P. The project spun off a single, “We Got Everything”; watch the video here starring Dave East and Styles P. Dave segued into headlining his 23-city “Get It How I Live Tour” of the U.S. in November-December 2018.

ABOUT DAVE EAST:
Praised for his lyricism and raw storytelling, and blessed with a loyal New York following, Dave East is one of the most promising rappers on the scene today. Born and raised in Harlem, he was inspired by older generation East Coast rappers ranging from Notorious B.I.G. to Styles P, Jadakiss, Cam’ron, and Big Pun. After a college basket­ball stint, Dave’s attention gravitated full time to music. Starting in 2010, he released an array of critically acclaimed mixtapes that earned him widespread recognition in the hip-hop community. His 7th mixtape, 2014’s Black Rose caught Nas by surprise, and resulted in Dave’s signing to Nas’ Mass Appeal imprint. Subsequent mixtapes Hate Me Now (2015) and Kairi Chanel (2016, named for Dave’s daughter), boasted a collective guest list topped by Nas, Styles P, Pusha T, Jadakiss, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Cam’ron, Beanie Sigel, Rico Love, and The Game, to name just a few. Kairi Chanel led off with the storytelling visual for “Keisha” followed by “Type Of Time”, with over 12 million combined YouTube views to date. After nabbing a spot on the notorious XXL Freshman Class in 2016, he jumped onto the Def Jam roster late that year. He was first heard on “Gold Digger” featuring A-Boogie, from Def Jam’s Direct Deposit Vol. 2 compilation (February 2017). Paranoia: A True Story marked Dave’s official Def Jam debut EP in August 2017 (with “Perfect” featuring Chris Brown; and “The Hated”). The Paranoia 2 mixtape followed in January 2018.

Jeezy Releases Tracklist for “TM 104”

Fifteen years after Grammy®-nominated multi-platinum rap superstar JEEZY signed with Def Jam Recordings, and emerged from Atlanta as the singular pioneer of what would become hip-hop’s dominant trap genre with his trio of Thug Motivation albums, he has announced this week via Twitter and Billboard magazine that TM 104: THE LEGEND OF THE SNOWMAN, arriving in stores August 23rd via Def Jam Recordings, will be the final album of the career-spanning series.

To mark this historic milestone, JEEZY will host the JEEZY Unplugged -TM 104 All White Concert in Atlanta at the Coca-Cola Roxy. Thusfar, Jeezy has dropped two scorching tacks from the album, “1 Time” and “MLK BLVD” feat. Meek Mill. Today, Jeezy announces the star-studded tracklist to the final installment of the legendary series, featuring guest spots from John Legend, CeeLo Green, Rick Ross, Gunna and many more.

WATCH THE “1 TIME” VIDEO HERE.

LISTEN TO “MLK BLVD” HERE.

In advance of the release of TM 104: THE LEGEND OF THE SNOWMAN, JEEZY’s fan store is working overtime on its extensive selection of Thug Motivation, Snowman, and TM 104 merch. Check the store for news of special limited-edition physical CD bundles to be available in celebration of the new album.  

“We’re graduating together,” JEEZY told Billboard this week in an expansive, wide-ranging exclusive interview.  “We got through a whole series. This isn’t about me, it’s about speaking for those that are oppressed and demonized that they can’t speak for themselves and they can’t fight for themselves. I just feel like this is their album. This is their talk and I feel like it’s a celebration… it’s like the kid that graduated from high school last year. Now it’s a nice time for the real world. Now it’s time for the real goal — the real accolades. You already put in the work and you pass with flying colors. So this is the celebration.”

Over the course of his legendary career, JEEZY has sold over 11 million albums worldwide, accumulated over 5 billion global streams, and has had multiple chart-topping hits.  2020 will mark the 15th anniversary of his seminal debut album via Def Jam, the multi-platinum Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, which entered the Rap and R&B charts at #1 (#2 on the overall), and pioneered the trap music genre with the double-platinum #1 hit “Soul Survivor” featuring Akon.

Recent entrepreneurial business ventures for JEEZY include his fitness water Defiance Fuel; his partnership in the Atlanta location of American Cut Steakhouse; and his ongoing incentivized partnership with Tequila Avion. Additionally, last month JEEZY announced a new partnership with Figgers Wireless to bring high quality technology to market at a more attainable price. The first products released under this new partnership were the F3 cellular phone and the F-Buds ear pods.

PVRX DROPS 3.14, LONG-AWAITED DEBUT EP

the young singer who has put the Toronto urban community of Rexdale in the sights of hip-hop culture with his initial singles “Make It,” “Mixed By 40,” “Know Me,” and most recent “Is U Down” feat­uring Dave East, has released his debut EP, titled 3.14, via Def Jam Recordings. In addition to “Make It” and “Is U Down,” the EP contains five new previously unreleased tracks. Along with the release of the 3.14 EP, a documentary film will have its premiere, looking at the circumstances of growing up on the streets of Toronto’s notorious Rexdale projects.

LISTEN TO THE 3.14 EP HERE
WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY FILM HERE
WATCH “IS U DOWN” VIDEO HERE

Complex hosted the August 2018 video premiere of “Mixed By 40,” whose title paid homage to the song’s mixer Noah “40” Shebib, the Toronto studio wonder who helped Drake create his sound. Shebib’s own support of PVRX is clear. “PVRX is one of my favorites out because he has the ability to make incredible music amongst the chaos he’s gone through. He’s one of the most talented in our city. I’ve been watching him grow over the years and excited to see where he takes it.”

WATCH “MIXED BY 40” VIDEO HERE

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DETROIT RAP PROGENY NASAAN DROPS FINAL CHAPTER OF VIDEO SERIES TRILOGY WITH “LIL BOY” FEATURING BERNARD JABS!

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

WATCH CHAPTER ONE: “DIRTY SOAP” VIDEO HERE

WATCH CHAPTER TWO: “BEN/FRANK” VIDEO HERE

PART 1 OF 2 IN EP SERIES | LISTEN TO “KISS OF KARMA” HERE

DETROIT RAP PROGENY NASAAN DROPS CHAPTER TWO OF VIDEO SERIES TRILOGY

LISTEN TO PART 1 OF NEW EP KISS OF KARMA HERE

ABOUT NASAAN:
The tattoo on the front of Nasaan’s neck is subtle, but its message is loud and clear: “LONER” it reads in all caps. He knows himself well. Unlike many his age, the 20-year-old rapper is reserved, finding comfort in close friends and making music over going to parties or being overly social.

Though he was born to hip-hop legacy (his father is the late Proof from D12), growing up it wasn’t obvious to Nasaan that music would be his life. He was seven when his father died and his mother moved the family around for a few years before settling in Atlanta, where he grew up listening to whatever was on the radio. It was in the back of school buses in middle school, where he and his peers would joke and freestyle, that Nasaan discovered a natural talent for rapping and a passion for hip-hop.

“Around that time Lil’ Wayne had dropped Dedication 4, and it was full of crazy ass metaphors and I thought that was how you were supposed to rap,” he says, reflecting on the moment he decided to start writing rhymes in notebooks. In high school, Nasaan mostly stayed out of trouble and focused on music, eventually choosing to quit the basketball team and his job at Six Flags in order to hone his craft. “I had a phone call with one of my father’s friends, and he told me not to half-ass shit,” he says. When he released his first freestyle “Apple” in high school, a popular fellow student, the now-famed Lil Yachty, shared his praise and boosted Nasaan’s drive. “I fell in love with making music because of the reactions and the emotions I can evoke out of people,” he says. Today, he looks up to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott: “I make music with a purpose, so I want to do that for others. That feeling is just euphoric.”

Growing up, Nasaan spent his summers in Detroit at his grandmother’s house, an environment candidly depicted on the intro track to his Def Jam debut, Kiss of Karma. Detroit, he says, has always welcomed him, and his ties to the city run deep. His father’s old friends Mr. Porter, Eminem and Royce da 5’9” act as mentors to him today: “I pick their brains and learn as much as I can just to stay a step ahead or above the competition. They always stress working hard on me.”

An introvert, Nasaan makes music that is personal without giving too much away. Metaphors abound and his songs take on a narrative structure. He says he studied everything to be the best (specifically Complex’s best albums lists), and it’s clear. Today, Nasaan is focused on “conjuring and solidifying” a sound unique to him, and making his mark on the culture. “I don’t want anyone to blame lineage or relationships for my accolades or success because I took time out, I studied this shit, I really practice my craft on the daily. I want me to be the reason for everything.”

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Dave East stars in New Hulu Series “WU-TANG: An American Saga”

WATCH THE NEW TRAILER HERE