From Godfather of Harlem comes the new “DAMN” song featuring Dave East. The piece of music was co-produced by Mike & Keys & DJ Khalil. Listen, buy the track, stream, mp3 download.
Swizz Beatz delivered the second single for the third season of Godfather Of Harlem featuring Dave East this weekend. “DAMN” puts Dave East center stage as jazzy percussion and airy vocal samples — handled by Mike Keys and DJ Khalil — lead the record. The rapper takes fans on a trip from the days of mobbing through Harlem, detailing some of the hardships he faced along the way. At the same time, he also pays homage to Biggie with an interpolation of “Warning.”
Though he isn’t directly mentioning Bumpy Johnson, Dave East channels the famed drug trafficker’s energy with a nod to Green Day. “We was born as kings/ Cruising through this boulevard of broken dreams,” East raps on the record. It’s an exemplary display of East’s vivid lyricism and gritty delivery that turned him into one of NYC’s most compelling lyricists since his mixtape run.
While he remains one of the busiest men in showbusiness, Swizz Beatz continues to serve as the executive producer of Epix’s The Godfather Of Harlem soundtrack. Every week, they debuted a new single prior to each episode. Ahead of the season premiere, Swizz Beatz previously enlisted Jadakiss for their new collaboration, “Hustle, Repeat.“
Godfather of Harlem – DAMN (ft. Dave East) (prod. Mike & Keys & DJ Khalil)
January 20, 2023
1 Song, 3 minutes
℗ 2023 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc. (Mass Appeal Records/From The Dirt)