Watch Dave East on Genius' "VERIFIED" Series


Harlem rapper Dave East got his big break when he was discovered by Nas in 2014 and signed to the legendary MC’s Mass Appeal label. Last week, East dropped his Paranoia: A True Story EP, and one of its most popular songs is the lead single “Perfect” featuring Chris Brown. The track has already racked up over one million Spotify streams since its release on July 28. As East explains to Genius, “Perfect” is a tribute to all of the different women in his life.

“I always knew how to deal and talk with them,” he says. “I can’t be how I be with the homies how I am with your mother so, I could have a sit down with your mother and she’s going to love me. I’m from the streets, but your mother ain’t gonna know all that… [It] was me just wanting to give a record to the females, but in my own way. I ain’t really want to make no real super corny commercial something.”

East recently sat down with Genius for the latest episode of Verified and broke down his new track. Watch him go line-for-line with “Perfect" in the video above, and then check out past episodes below.



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