Dave East Remembers Making Music in Kevin Durant’s Basement on ‘Highly Questionable’
Even though he's still newer to the mainstream music game, Dave East has been working on his craft for a number of years, and some of his humble beginnings started off in Kevin Durant's basement. The two played basketball in the DMV when they were in their late teenage years, prior to KD's superstardom in the NBA and the Harlem MC's rise in rap culture, but they also made songs together in their free time.
While speaking with host Dan Le Batard on ESPN's Highly Questionable, the 2016 XXL Freshman remembers recording music in Durant's basement after meeting each other in 10th grade. He says that while the Warriors star liked to produce beats, East got him to rap on a track over an old Kanye West beat.
"I met Kevin in 10th grade," he explains. "I was down in the DMV area playing ball, myself, and we was both kind of killing the area. That's where I first got familiar with him. And the ball didn't go for me how it went for KD, you know what I'm saying. So I got into the music, but he always been a fan of the music. He makes beats. He likes to produce, so he invited me to his crib one day. We was in his basement. He had a mic set up. I think it was over a Kanye West beat, an old Kanye beat. I got him to rap with me. [I think] it's on YouTube, me and him rapping together."
The song shouldn't exactly shock fans, as Kevin Durant has been rapping in his free time for years, having already done a song with LeBron James back in the day, which leaked online earlier this year.
Watch Dave East remember making music with Kevin Durant in the interview below, and peep the throwback footage of Dave and Durant after that.
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