Dave East is the stage name of David Lawrence Brewster Jr. Born on June 3, 1988, he is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Born in Harlem, New York, Dave started rapping in 2010. At the beginning of his career, he sold drugs to support himself and his music. He released several mixtapes and gained attention in 2014. How much is Dave East net worth?
His eight mixtape titled Black Rose gained attention in 2014. Nas signed him to his record label, Mass Appeal Records.
In 2016, he released his tenth mixtape, Kairi Chanel. He got chosen as part of XXL Magazine 2016 Freshman Class. His Kairi Chanel mixtape peaked at Number 38 on the Billboard 200.
In 2017, he began his acting career. David appeared in “being Mary Jane” and “The Breaks”. The breakthrough role came in 2019. He portrayed Method Man in the Hulu series Wu-Tang: An American Saga.
With more than 10 years of rapping career, Dave East net worth is more than $500,000.
Career Ups and Downs
Dave East started his career in 2010. At that time, he released his first mixtape Change of Plans. As an anonymous rapper, the mixtape garnered little recognition. David followed that with mixtapes Insomnia, American Greed, Don’t Sleep, and No Regrets. He was fully committed to a music career. But because the music didn’t earn money, he had to find other sources.
In 2013, he periodically sold drugs throughout Harlem to support himself and his music. In 2014, his music reached the ears of Nas, a legend in the rap world. He contacted East through fellow rapper Jungle.
By the summer of 2014, Dave East signed a deal with Mass Appeal Records, Nas’s record label. He released his seventh mixtape, Black Rose, through the label. And the next year, he released Hate me Now, a tribute to Nas’s song.
In June 2016, XXL magazine revealed the annual Freshman Class for 2016. East made the list along with 21 Savage, Lil Uzi, Lil Yachty, Denzel Curry, G Herbo, and others. In September 2016, he got featured on the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher alongside Kur, Sam Black, and Young M.A. The same month, he signed a deal with Def Jam Recordings.
His popularity in the rap world landed him a few roles in movies and shows. In January 2017, he made his acting debut in “Being Mary Jane” series. He then appeared in Puma’s Tsugi Shinsei commercial.
In August 2017, David released his first studio album titled Paranoia: A True Story featuring singers like Jeezy, Chris Brown, and Wiz Khalifa. The EP peaked at Number 9 on the Billboard 200.
He started 2018 by signing endorsement deals. East signed a sponsorship deal with Belaire Rose, leading to a promotional music video for the brand. David followed that up with endorsement deals with New Era Cap.
In 2019, he appeared in a movie for the first time. The Netflix movie Beats helped him land a role in a bigger project. David played Method Man in the Hulu series Wu-Tang: An American Saga.
At the beginning of 2020, Dave announced his third album in the Karma series of mixtapes. He released the lead single Really With Me on March 12, 2020, featuring Korey Wise cameo in the music video.
Many critics classify Dave East as a “spitter”. He comes from New York. With more than 10 years in the rap game, Dave forged his signature style.
Fans recognize him by the raw lyricism and dark storytelling about street life. It is only logical, he sold drugs to survive. As for his influence, Dave cites Big Pun, Nas, Raekwon, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Biggie, and others.
Awards and Achievements
Dave’s hard work and profound spirit earned him a couple of awards and nominations. He is a great performer, and that led to recognition by the critics. Here are some awards and nominations.
- Breakthrough of the year mixtape in 2016
- Nominated in the BMI, R&B/Hip Hop Awards in 2017
- British male solo artist and best new artist in 2020
Earnings and Income
Dave makes around $300,000 a year. But Dave East net worth is a bit higher. As of June 2020, his net worth is $500,000.
He earns money through album sales, streaming music, endorsements, and television appearances. He rakes in a lot of cash from television appearances.
But the majority of his money comes from the streaming of his songs and album sales. So far, he released 13 mixtapes, and they have an above-average success. Dave also appears on other artist’s singles, including Lil Wayne, Jeezy, and Chris Brown. He gets a piece of the fame and earnings by that. And he earns thousands of dollars for appearances at clubs.
David signed a couple of endorsement deals. He made ads for New Era commercial, Belaire Rose commercial, and signed an endorsement deal with New Era Cap. He partnered with the last company to make his signature 59fifty fitted hat collection.
David had a rough childhood. He found himself behind bars at a young age. This period helped him change his life. Dave discovered the inappropriateness of his temperamental character. He wanted to change that the moment he got out. As a result, David converted to Islam and created a sense of belonging and peace. The new religion helped him instill discipline.
And while he was in prison, he found out about his pregnant girlfriend. He got his daughter in March 2016. While they tried to make things work for the kid’s sake, they eventually parted ways.