Dave East Has Joined The Def Jam Roster

Harlem rapper Dave East is ready to release his debut album Kairi Chanel tomorrow but today he announced he has inked a deal with Def Jam Records. Currently affiliated with Nas’ record label Mass Appeal, the deal will be a joint venture allowing him to expand his audience.

Dave East had this to say about the deal:

“It wasn’t the average me just signing to a major. I’m actually partners with them. Mass Appeal is still the family. Nas is still going to be able to executive produce my album. It was a step forward for me. I was with Mass Appeal solely for almost two years. Nas really introduced the world to me. So that was ideal as far as me first coming in. It’s at a time now where a machine really helps what I’m trying to do, especially being from New York and not trying to stay in New York. Like I told y’all before, I’m not trying to be underground or classified as a certain type of dude. I feel like this was a good move to really get what I’m trying to do, my brand, my movement, across the world.”

Dave East Interview With The Breakfast Club

Kairi Chanel is dropping September 30th.