David Lawrence Brewster Jr., better known by his stage name Dave East, is an American rapper and actor from Harlem, New York. He gained attention in 2014 from his mixtape Black Rose. Since its release, East has been signed to rapper Nas' label Mass Appeal Records, and later in conjunction with Def Jam Recordings. In 2016, East was chosen as part of the XXL magazine's 2016 Freshman Class.
On October 4, 2019, Dave East released the single Alone featuring Jacquees to support the release of his upcoming debut album. Dave East released his debut album Survival on November 8, 2019 through Def Jam Recordings, Mass Appeal Records, and From the Dirt.. It featured guest appearances from Teyana Taylor, Rick Ross, Nas, The-Dream, Gunna, Lil Baby, amongst others. East also started his first world tour in release of the album, titled the Survival Tour which spanned from November 22, 2019 – December 20, 2019.