Karma 3 | Dave East
On March 8, 2020, East announced that he was working on the third installment in the Karma series of mixtapes. The album cover featured background images of East with the now late rappers Nipsey Hussle and Pop Smoke, and East stated that he and Nipsey were making plans to create a collaborative project prior to his death. The album was set to be titled Thoughts of a Menace. Like his previous album, it was released via Def Jam and Mass Appeal. He released the lead single of the album "Really wit Me" on March 12, 2020. Numerous people including Korey Wise made a cameo in the music video. Karma 3 was released on August 14, 2020. -Wikipedia
A charged effort with dynamic results, ‘Karma 3’ may not be as flawless a spectacle as ‘Survival’, but it’s not all that far off. And it’s definitely the best entry in the ‘Karma’ series. East remains consistent, unapologetically flying the flag for New York hip-hop. His sharpened pen game flourishes over beds of captivating soul samples, airy synths and bass kicks so hard they’ll bottom out any cheap speaker.
Hood lyricism with a soft underbelly.
Dave East delivers another reliably dense and lyrical set of hard-edged tracks on Karma 3.
Ratings Game Music
The rapping is high level, and the production is mainly street inspired. In my opinion, it’s the epitome of a mixtape you’ll get from a bootlegger at the barbershop.
What You Expect?
This is the best installment from the Karma series, and it’s not even close. There was definitely no signs of a sophomore slump, and he put together a mixtape that is better than his debut album. When the title “King of New York” is talked about, Dave East should be in that conversation.
The Bridge Magazine
The album had a good intro and a flowing sequence of vibes throughout the album, not sticking to one flow for more than 2 songs in a row. We overall enjoyed the album a good bit, although it resembles older projects, we are not dissapointed.