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Published on January 25th, 2018 | by The Rap Hippies

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Dave East Breaks Down a Friendship Gone Sour in “Corey”

When keeping it real goes wrong.

“How could you hate the only brotha that you neva had?

I don’t take it personal, I promise I ain’t never mad

I could love you from a distance, I ain’t gotta see you

It might not be me but somebody need you”

P2 has been out for a little over a week now and it’s safe to say that fans are pleased with the Harlem native’s newest project. We find a successful Dave East telling a story of his friend in the song, Corey. His lyrical narrative starts off detailing how close the two were, incorporating vivid imagery of their environment in Harlem.

As the story continues you find Dave East finding his success in the hip hop industry and his friend becoming more stagnant in life. You slowly get to see the proverbial fork in the road as the story gets deeper and the prideful masculinity grows.

“Corey too stuck in his ways to chase a dream

He’d much rather be content with his nine-to-five and it seems

His homie is getting distant on him

The music got him away from the routine

So Corey said he got different on him”

Around the middle of the story, East makes sure he lets his listeners know that an olive branch was extended to his homie but was declined. Without giving away too much of the narrative, it really is something that I hear from rappers in interviews but not often is a song dedicated to this dilemma. The story is an unfortunate one, but probably a very common one when it comes to success.

Check this song out to fully understand how a great friendship can do a 180 unexpectedly. Dave East’s storytelling ability is why we appreciate him; he’s become more and more compelling like his idols. He gives us no reason to question why he got signed.


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The Rap Hippies consists of a group of like minded curators that cherish, respect, and appreciate Rap & Hip-Hop in its true form. Based out of Atlanta, Georgia we are the crate diggers who love lyrics and a dope beat, along with discussing music through this generation. We are the counter culture of Hip-Hop building a community  for others that value the culture just as much as we do. 


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