When Fat Joe announced he and long time collaborator Remy Ma were back in the studio, I admit to being a little skeptical. After hearing their first single, All The Way Up, I’ve changed my tune and am totally on board. Joe’s also pretty confident he’s onto a winner, last night tweeting, “Many legends are saying that #AllTheWayUp saved Hip Hop,” as well as “It’s about having a goal and never giving until you reach it. Go #ALLTHEWAYUP.” While I’m not sure which legends he’s referring too, I do know one rapper who agrees.
Dave East – signed to Nas’ Mass Appeal Records – has dropped an aggressive remix of All The Way Up today. His take on Miami-based Edsclusive‘s production follows on from remixes of Drake‘s Summer Sixteen and Desiigner‘s Panda. Although East’s been around the scene for a number of years, he looks set to finally transition into the mainstream after being shortlisted for XXL’s Freshman Class Of 2016 off the back of last year’s well received mixtape Hate Me Now.
Adding his own verse to the tracks beginning, East reminds us he’s “Harlem as fuck” while shouting out the Terror Squad and his association with Nas on the line, “Got with Esco off a mixtape, ain’t touched the budget.” His bars are tight and flow in synch with the thumping beat, making his addition to the track seamless.