Dave East isn't a fan of subliminal shots.
In a new interview with ELEVATOR Magazine, the East Harlem MC was asked what, if anything, he'd like to see left behind when the calendar flips to 2018 and "sneak dissin'" was at the top of his list.
"That shit is so corny to me," East said. "If you’re going to send shots at somebody in your songs there’s no need to get cute, put a name on it. I’ve never understood it, but everyone does it now. Starting January 1, if you gotta problem with somebody say it and quit trying to be clever."
Though East seems to believe that sneak dissing is a relatively new practice, rappers have been taking this approach for years.
As a native New Yorker, I'll assume East has pressed play at least once on Notorious B.I.G.'s "Kick in the Door," which included jabs at, among others, Nas and Ghostface Killah, and that he's a fan of JAY-Z, who just recently launched missiles at Kanye West and Future on 4:44.
Ironically, one of the most well-known and frequent sneak diss practitioners is Drake, who in a September interview, East called "one of the best rappers" in the game.
On More Life alone, Drake sent subs at Meek Mill (“How you let the kid fightin’ / Ghost-writin’ rumors turn you to a ghost?”), JAY-Z (“Fake fucked with me back then / But it’s gettin’ hard for you to fake it now / Fuck bein’ rich when I’m forty, man, I’m tryna make it now”), Tory Lanez (“If we do a song it's like takin’ my kids to work with me / You overnight celebrity, you one day star”) and more.
Which is it, Dave? Can't have it both ways.