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Quick Shot of That 100 Proof: Dave East – Straight Outta Harlem

Dave East - Straight Outta Harlem

Dave East is one of those cats who has been on my radar in name alone for about the past six months. I can’t remember how he got there, but my guess is Peter Rosenberg mentioned him at some point so I put him on the medium-sized list of people to give a chance to at some vague time in the future. Add some procrastination, and we’re at the point where Dave dropped a new mixtape, Hate Me Now, three days ago but I just started listening to Straight Outta Harlem several weeks ago. So I’m in the interesting position of being able to witness a rapper’s year-plus progression in a matter of weeks, which may be one of those rare times where being lazy pays off. Or maybe I’m imaging silver linings? Anyway, on with the review…

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