Win a Dave East Placement & Studio Session in New York


Win a Dave East Placement & Studio Session in New York

This is your chance to head into the studio with Def Jam and Mass Appeal signee, Dave East. Get placement for an official release with the Harlem-based emcee/actor. Oh, and of course we've got you covered with flights to New York with accommodation...




December 8, 2021

This competition has officially ended and all further submissions will be disregarded. The winners will be announced here and on all our socials during May 2022.

Previously working with producers like Swizz BeatzTimbalandBeat ButchaAraabMuzik, and Mike & Keys, it’s safe to say that Dave East has got a great ear for beats... If you have what it takes to become part of that star-studded list of producers Dave East collaborated with, Tracklib gets you a flight ticket to New York for a studio session together with Dave East. The winner gets selected by Dave East himself of course.

“Tracklib gives you the opportunity to use samples that maybe you didn’t think you could use or find,” says Dave East. “Samples you maybe never found before. I think it’s a great database to explore your own visions and push your creativity to the next level.”

Time to explore that vision to the fullest. For that, the choice of song(s) to sample is up to you:

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Sample from any song(s) on Tracklib

Want to dig into *Inspired-*collections of producers Dave East worked with before such as Timbaland or DJ Premier? Use a collection inspired by Illmatic by Nas, who signed Dave East to Mass Appeal Records in 2014? Or subtly hint to his acting career by sampling film scores? From unexpected breaks to classic loops: anything goes for this placement competition. The choice is yours. Head to our Tracks section and start digging.

“I’ve got an old soul. So I’m a big fan of older music. Motown, 80s R&B, 70s—all of that. (...) So when you hear it on an up-to-date beat, sampled, it brings a nostalgic feel to it.” —Dave East

How it works

This competition has officially ended and all further submissions will be disregarded. The winners will be announced here and on all our socials during May 2022.

  1. Sample any song or multitrack on Tracklib to make a beat for Dave East.
  2. Post this picture on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #daveeastbattle and tag at least two producer friends in your post who should join this placement competition.
  3. Follow Tracklib on Instagram.
  4. Submit your beat before the end of the day, Sunday, January 23rd, 2022 (all timezones included).

The winners will be announced on all our socials and on this blog-page in March, 2022.



  • You will get a studio session in New York together with Dave East (+ flight and accommodation)
  • Your track will be officially released as a song by Dave East with you as the official producer.
  • You will receive standard writing credits and publishing on the song.
  • You will receive sample clearance of the song you've sampled.
  • You will receive a one-year standard subscription to Tracklib.


"If you into samples, Tracklib is the perfect place to go. It has all the options you need; samples you're probably not familiar with, samples you probably are familiar with. It's just a good place to go to try and create something different, something fresh."" —Dave East

Submission rules & information

  • You need to sample one song or multitrack on Tracklib.
  • You can only sample one song for each submission. You can however sample multiple multitracks from the same song.
  • You can sample a maximum of 60 seconds from the song.
  • You need to download the song you will sample via Tracklib (yes, we will check).
  • You can not send in submissions that you have submitted to previous competitions. Your submission should be tailor-made for Dave East.
  • You can submit however many submissions you'd like — as long as they all follow the rules. Every submission needs its individual social media post link — so you need to post multiple times to submit multiple times.
  • For your submission to be eligible, you are not allowed to release your submission in any way (including social media) before the winners of this competition have been announced.
  • To publicly share or release your submission (after the winner has been announced) containing a sample from Tracklib, you need first to obtain a sample license from Tracklib.

Sampling rules & information

  • You can use and sample any legally obtained royalty-free sounds next to the song or **multitrack **you will sample on Tracklib — but nothing else that needs to be cleared.
  • You can manipulate the song you will sample on Tracklib any way you want. Chop it up, find the perfect loop, reverse it, go crazy with FXs, or all combined. It's all up to you!
  • The song or multitrack you will sample on Tracklib needs to play an important part in your submission's production. This means, for example, that you can not just sample one snare-hit from a multitrack.

Prizing rules & information

  • The first prize winner will be awarded a sample license to monetize their work, with no need to pay the license fee. The winner will, however, still have to share revenues from the new recording and the copyright in the new composition with the original rightsholders from any revenue earned on the new song. How much depends on your submission's total sampled time and the category of the recording sampled.
  • The prize is as stated. No cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  • The prizes are non-transferable.

For any questions not answered by the information above, please contact

Click here to find the full Tracklib standard competition terms and conditions. Please note that you must comply with these terms and conditions to enter the competition.

About Dave East

Harlem-based emcee Dave East tells gritty street stories through a clear scope of New York hip-hop. Nas signed him to Mass Appeal Records in 2014, following a sling of six mixtapes including Gemini and Change of Plans. Since then, East has worked with the likes of Pusha TJadakiss2 ChainzCam’ronJeezy, and Styles P. 2019’s Survival was his official studio debut. The album featured an all-star line-up including DJ PremierNasRick RossThe-DreamFabolousE-40Max B, and Teyana Taylor. With a #11 notation in the Billboard 200, and another release on Def Jam Recordings, East lived up to his 2016 cover feature of XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class.

Next to more recent releases like the third installment in his Karma mixtape series and Hoffatogether with producer Harry Fraud, Dave East is also making moves in his acting career: he portrayed Method Man in Wu-Tang Clan: An American Saga, played Mister Ford in Netflix' Beats movie, and he appeared as himself in Lil Dicky's Dave comedy series.

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