Dave East: ‘Survival’ Mode Activated

I asked a question on Facebook the other day, “What’s your criteria for the best rapper?” I was looking for people to give me their top 3-5 factors that they use to gauge their favorite rappers. For me it’s easy: storytelling, lyricism, subject matter/content, longevity, and originality. The pool of rappers who meet this criterion were once deep but then hit a lull due to the influx of the dance crazes taking over hip-hop. Things have now shifted to the heavy drug usage and zombie music which I’m also not into. I feel like I’ve been a part of the “get off my lawn” hip-hop demographic for a mighty long time. 

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