Harlem rapper, model and actor Dave East, one of the most prolific mixtape practitioners in the game, announces the release of KARMA 3, available in stores today via Def Jam Recordings/Mass Appeal Records. The long-awaited sequel to Karma (2017) and Karma 2 (2018), the release of KARMA 3 acknowledges the tenth anniversary of Change Of Plans (July 2010), the mixtape that kick-started Dave East‘s career. (Please see KARMA 3 track listing below.)
With A-list features from Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Popcaan, and fellow Def Jam rappers Trouble and Bino Rideaux, KARMA 3 marks the first new music from Dave East since the arrival of his critically acclaimed debut full-length album Survival in November 2019. He quickly began to amass tens of millions of global streams and views for the album and the five-part Survival documentary film series.
Executive produced by career mentor Nas, Survival got off to a fast start with back-to-back advance tracks “Alone” featuring Jacquees; and “Godfather 4” featuring Nas. The latter, produced by Green Lantern, featured New Orleans brass band the Soul Rebels, and equally famed jazz trumpeter and Mass Appeal artist Keyon Harrold. The album also featured fellow Def Jam artists Teyana Taylor (“Need A Sign”), Rick Ross & The-Dream (“OG”), and Fabolous (“What’s Goin On”), as well as DJ Premier, Lil Baby, Ty Dolla $ign and others.
September saw the premiere of Wu-Tang: An American Saga, the 10 episode fictionalized HULU mini-series featuring Dave East’s dramatic portrayal of Method Man. An American Sagawas created by Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA and Alex Tse(Watchmen, Superfly 2018). Executive producers include Brian Grazer and Method Man.
The Dave East D2C Store launched in October, offering hoodies, tees, shorts, cellphone cases, music downloads, and more.
Two weeks after the album release, the Dave East Survival Tour Part 1 opened in Atlanta, with five sold-out East Coast shows before moving to the UK and Europe in December. The Survival Tour Part 2, originally set for 15 shows across North American from March to May 2020, will be rescheduled.
KARMA 3 by DAVE EAST – mixtape track listing:
2. “Unruly” featuring Popcaan
3. “The City” featuring Trey Songz
4. “Get The Money” featuring Trouble
5. “Thank God” featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie
6. “Said What I Said” featuring Doe Boy
7. “Broke or Not” featuring Jozzy
8. “Mission” featuring Jozzy
10. “Fuck Dat” featuring Young Dolph
11. “Blue Story” featuring Bino Rideaux
12. “Stone Killer” featuring Benny The Butcher
14. “Know How I Feel” featuring Mary J. Blige
15. “Believe It or Not”
Survival followed up ‘Survival Pacc,’ Dave East’s two-song summer EP, which comprised “Wanna be a G” featuring Max B, and “Everyday” featuring Gunna (both tracks included on Survival). The menacing video for “Everyday,” directed by Andrew Sandler, featured Dave East at a high stakes poker game, intercut with Gunna trading bars with Dave in a dimly lit room.