Though Dave East has always kept unapologetic New York energy, his credentials extend well beyond the Big Apple. As such, his brand new album Survival features a diverse cast of supporting players, including Atlanta’s own Lil Baby. We’ve already seen Dave and Gunna link up for a magnificent Karma 2 highlight, so there’s a certain inevitability surrounding the ominous “Night Shift.” East and Baby’s distinctive styles complement one another rather nicely, and each emcee takes to the up-tempo instrumental with a sense of purpose.
East, one of the game’s most reliable lyricists, sets it off with a dexterous verse. “I got like nine bitches in the Sprinter, I just got some head, she just wanted dinner,” he raps. “Half my n***s dead, half of ’em in the prison.” A reminder that while he came from the struggle, he’s almost certainly reaping a reward or two in his current state. Lil Baby closes the track, matching East’s intensity with a melodic flow; at this stage, Baby has proven himself time and time again, to the point where even the bar-spitters are reaching out.
I got like nine bitches in the Sprinter
I just got some head, she just wanted dinner
Half my n***s dead, half of ’em in the prison
Forty on me handle business
I ain’t got no time to think about the witness
Leave ’em in the river, wakin’ up with fishes
I get all my diamonds from the district